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University of Houston: The Humanities, Ethics, and Biotechnology

April 11, 2022

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On April 11, 2022, the University of Houston’s Tocqueville Forum on American Ideas and Institutions will host Donald Drakeman to give a talk on his new book, From Breakthrough to Blockbuster: the Business of Biotechnology as part of a broader conference series entitled “Liberal Education and Citizenship in a Self-Governing Republic”. His lecture will showcase the merits of employing a Humanities-based approach to ethical dilemmas future leaders will surely encounter in the area of public health in the United States.

Dr. Drakeman will also lead a smaller seminar with honors students and faculty during his visit, to discuss a landmark 19th C Massachusetts Court Decision by Justice Theophilus Parsons, shines a spotlight on the relationship between religion and liberty in American political life.

Monday, April 11, 2022
University of Houston

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Donald Drakeman has written numerous articles and several books on law, religion, and constitutional interpretation. His book, Church, State, and Original Intent, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His scholarly work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He has taught courses on constitutional topics at Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School, and he serves as the founding Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Hollow Core of Constitutional Theory: Why We Need the Framers (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

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The Tocqueville Forum in American Ideas and Institutions at the University of Houston began in 2015. Its purpose is to promote knowledge about American democracy and to provide a forum for discussing the challenges facing democratic constitutionalism today.

Accordingly, the Tocqueville Forum fosters dialogue about the foundations of liberal democracy and the relationship between mores and liberal democratic institutions, especially in the American context. The Forum provides opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on the study of American ideas and institutions with respect to the American founding, political change, representation, rights, liberty, and constitutionalism broadly. The Forum hosts visiting speakers, organizes conferences, and sponsors student research projects.

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