Chautauqua lectures focus on markets, morals and the social contract

CHAUTAUQUA – Informed by “What Money Can’t Buy,” a new book by frequent Chautauqua collaborator Michael J. Sandel, lectures this week explore the role of markets in all spheres of American life and consider competing views on the proper balance of public and private sectors, in addition to social obligation and fiscal sustainability.

Sandel, a Harvard ethicist and philosophy professor, lectures Monday, arguing that America has drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks returns Tuesday to lecture on the state of the country’s social contract and its effect on culture and family life.

Wednesday’s lecture will feature former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and general counsel to John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, speaking on how market forces affect the political process.

George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the forthcoming “The Unwinding,” on Thursday will portray economic shifts through the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and income levels.

To close Week Four, Alan Schwartz, executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will provide his views Friday on the role of business and capital in the evolving American economy, in conversation with New York Times contributing writer Diana B. Henriques.

Afternoon Interfaith Lectures

Week Four Interfaith Lectures will discuss the role markets should play in the social fabric of communities and families, such as the way healthcare and education are provided. In addition, this week will inquire about opportunity, and perhaps what mandate for change, the recent economic crisis has revealed about economics as a value-neutral science.

E.J. Dionne, Jr., a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University, will begin the Interfaith week on Monday, July 15. Dionne has written various books including “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right,” which was published by Princeton University Press, and “Why Americans Hate Politics,” winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize and a National Book Award nominee.

On Tuesday, Peter A. Georgescu, author of “The Constant Choice An Everyday Journey from Evil toward Good” will speak. Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., a network of preeminent commercial communications companies dedicated to helping clients build their businesses through the power of brands, he served as the company’s Chairman and CEO from 1994 until January 2000. Under Georgescu’s leadership, Young & Rubicam successfully transformed from a private to a publicly-held company. During his tenure, Young & Rubicam built the most extensive database on global branding and, from its findings, developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands.

Wednesday’s address will feature Ali Velshi, a Canadian television journalist best known for his work on CNN. Until recently he was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Anchor of CNN’s “Your Money,” and a co-host of CNN International’s weekday business show “World Business Today.” He has now joined Al Jazeera America, which will launch in Summer 2013.

The lectures will continue Thursday with Thomas C. Kinnear, Ph.D. Kinnear is Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Executive Director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges will end the Interfaith Lecture week on Friday, July 19. Hedges is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. He writes and speaks extensively on war, religion, American culture, empire and the conflict in the Middle East.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Interfaith Lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes often complement the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures but capture a different angle of vision.

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