University of Alaska-Anchorage: “Reason and Politics: The Meaning of Virtue and Freedom”

Unveiling the Statue of Liberty, 1886 - Edward Moran

University of Alaska-Anchorage: “Reason and Politics: The Meaning of Virtue and Freedom”


On April 23th, 2021, Mark Blitz will speak for the University of Alaska’s Chartwell Lecture Series on the link between virtue and freedom:

What is excellence of character? What is freedom? How are we able to understand these phenomena? And what is their connection?

Friday, April 23, 2021 • 7:30 PM AKDT
A virtual lecture

Free and open to the public

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Mark BlitzMark Blitz is Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom at Claremont McKenna College. His research interests include political science, American politics, ancient philosophy (particularly Plato), and 21st-century philosophy (particularly Heidegger). He served during the Reagan Administration as associate director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Blitz has received numerous teaching awards, including the American Political Science Association Award for Outstanding Teaching (2008), the Crocker Award for Merit from Claremont McKenna College (2007), and the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Blitz is a JMC faculty partner.

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The Chartwell Lecture Series, named after Winston Churchill’s country house in Kent, is organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage and features lectures on a wide range of subjects in the humanities and liberal arts. Lectures are free and open to members of the general public. Staffing is provided by Kathleen L. Behnke in the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Political Science gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsorship of Pi Sigma Alpha and the assistance of the Union League of Anchorage, which made this lecture possible, thanks to support from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History through a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and our students in the UAA Political Science Association, who help to organize the lectures.

We are particularly grateful for support from our loyal lecture audience. For information about how to support next year’s Chartwell Lecture Series, please contact Professor James W. Muller,, or any faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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