February 22, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Doug Sturm Dialogue, "Is Economy Inequality Undermining Democracy?" will be held Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Discussants are Jan Narveson, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and Jeffrey Winters, professor of political science at Northwestern University.

The conversation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Religion at Bucknell.

Narveson has published prolifically in the areas of moral and political philosophy, including The Libertarian Idea (Broadview Press, 2001), Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? with James Sterba (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice: Essays on Moral and Political Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), a collection of his most influential essays, and You and the State (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

In addition to his scholarly work, Narveson is the founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society; in 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of both his scholarship and his lifelong promotion of music. He holds his doctorate from Harvard University.

Winters' research and teaching center on comparative politics and international political economy. His books include Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State (Cornell University Press, 1996), and Reinventing the World Bank (Cornell University Press, 2002) with Jonathan Pincus, and several books published in Indonesian. His most recent book, Oligarchy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), was awarded the American Political Science Association's 2012 Gregory M. Luebbert Award for the Best Book in Comparative Politics during 2010-11.

Winters has conducted research in Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, and he has been a recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund. He holds his doctorate from Yale. || Related link: Winters' Huffington Post blog

The Sturm Dialogue, a conversation on contemporary issues from two different perspectives, was established in honor of Douglas Sturm, professor emeritus of political science and religion, who served Bucknell University for more than 35 years as a distinguished teacher and scholar. Upon his retirement in 1995, his friends and colleagues commemorated his service by endowing this Dialogue on Ethics and Social Justice, designed to bring to campus two distinguished thinkers on these issues.

The dialogue format was chosen to reflect Sturm's commitment to fostering engaged reflection on issues of social justice among persons of diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. Accordingly, the endowment specifies that two speakers be invited to participate in a dialogue, "the intention not being for debate or compromise, but for the purpose of constructive interaction in an honest and respectful exploration of an issue."

Contact: Division of Communications

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