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Dr. Robert P. George holds Princeton’s celebrated McCormick Professorship of Jurisprudence and is the Founder and Director of the University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

In his lecture at the Institute of American Civics, Dr. George will discuss the vital importance of colleges and universities being sites of free and open discussion of the most important questions of human life. He will also address concrete measures universities can take to strengthen and improve their position as models for civil and robust discourse.

He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics. He holds the degrees of JD and MTS from Harvard University and the degrees of DPhil, BCL, DCL, and DLitt from Oxford University, in addition to twenty-two honorary doctorates. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and Princeton University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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