Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism, by Paul Starr

A Panel Discussion

Thu, 10/25/2007
4:30 PM, Computer Science 104
Event Category: 
Panel Discussion

In cooperation with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, LAPA is very proud to present an all-star panel discussion on Professor Paul Starr's most recent book, Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism (Basic Books, 2007). The panel discussion is free and open to the public; no special tickets or reservations are required.

In describing Freedom's Power, Professor Starr writes: "I've long thought that there needed to be a clear and concise statement of what liberalism is about, how it has developed, and how it ought to be conceived and fought for. Freedom's Power is that book. It brings together much of what I have learned over the past several decades about history, theory, and contemporary politics, all in the effort to explain, defend, and advance the liberal project." 

Paul Starr is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has written extensively on American society, politics, and both domestic and foreign policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. The magazine now appears monthly in print as well as online.


E.J. Dionne, Jr., Columnist for the Washington Post, researches and writes on a range of issues that include elections; polling; the role of media in politics; and the role of religion in public life. He is also a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and an NPR commentator. His published works include the influential 1991 bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era (1996), and Stand up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and Politics of Revenge (2004).

James Ceaser, Henry Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, and James Madison Program Spring 2008 Visiting Fellow, James W. Ceaser has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development.

Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, studies the intersection of American politics and political philosophy -- particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration -- and educational policy. She also works on issues in public opinion and political culture.

Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and teaches at George Mason University School of Law. He chairs the Hoover Task Force on National Security and Law and co-chairs the Hoover Task Force on The Virtues of a Free Society. He is the author of Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999).

Kim Lane Scheppele, Director of LAPA and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, will moderate the discussion.