Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Prof. Brandeis addressed The Social Contract Today at campus bookstore special event

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Justice faculty, joined Dr. Alan Boraas, Department of Anthropology; Dr. Terry Kelly, Philosophy Department; Dr. Scott Gavorsky, Department of History; and Prof. Paola Banchero, Chair, Department of Journalism and Public Communications as moderator, for "The Social Contract Today," a presentation of the  UAA Campus Bookstore Special Events Series, Monday, February 27, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Bookstore.

The panel discussed the evolution of thought about the rights of individuals in society, the ceding of rights to a central body or legislature to ensure security for the group, and current thought about the social contract and the political process.

Click here for the podcast entitled "How healthy is our Social Contract, as defined by the U.S. Constitution?"

The event was part of a series of free lectures open to UAA students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Questions? Contact Rachel Epstein, Events Coordinator, UAA Campus Bookstore at 786-4782 or

Panelists prepare for the program - l to r: Dr. Gavorsky, Dr. Kelly,
Prof. Brandeis, Rachel Epstein, and Prof. Banchero.

Prof. Banchero opens the program.

Dr. Gavorsky presents the social contract as viewed by
Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.

Dr. Kelly addresses the philosophical idea of a social contract.

Dr. Boraas discusses the influence of corporations on the
political process.

Prof. Brandeis shows the group a U.S. flag with corporate logos replacing the stars to
introduce the discussion of the role of corporations in the political process.