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Saint Xavier University presents seventh annual Honors Program Guest Lecture

Cass Sunstein set to speak on selective media use in society

CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2005) –Saint Xavier University will present its seventh annual Honors Program Guest Lecture on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room of the Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. 

The lecture, titled “Mobs and Blogs:  Red States, Blue States and Democracy’s Echo Chambers,” will be delivered by guest speaker Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence in the Law School and Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. A question-and-answer session and reception will immediately follow Sunstein’s lecture. 

The speech will be based on his book, Republic.com, a work that addresses the potential hazards of selective media use in a democratic society. His concern is based on the belief that in order for a democracy to be successful, its citizens must both frequently engage in unplanned encounters to expose themselves to differing viewpoints and share common experiences with one another.

Sunstein, who graduated with a law degree from Harvard Law School, has taught at the University of Chicago for more than 20 years. Prior to teaching, he was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is an expert on constitutional law and the structures of government. Sunstein has written scores of books and articles on human rights and the responsibilities of citizens and of government in a democracy. His most recent books include Radicals in Robes:  Why Extreme Right Wing Courts are Wrong for America and The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Constitutional Vision and Why We Need it More Than Ever.

Sunstein is frequently consulted as a legal expert by the media for his views on constitutional issues. Recently, he has been widely interviewed about Supreme Court nominees John G. Roberts Jr. and Harriet Miers on several national news programs, including ABC’s Nightline and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air from WHYY-FM. Commentators sought his opinions on how these two nominations could affect future court decisions.

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Saint Xavier University’s Honors Program, a program designed to provide an enriched academic experience for gifted and highly motivated undergraduate students, and co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and the Center for Religion and Public Discourse. For more information about the lecture, please contact Dr. Judith Hiltner, director of the Honors Program, at (773) 298-3230 or hiltner@sxu.edu.

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