The Voices of Culture

The Voices of Culture is a non-partisan, broad-based academic forum that values diversity of thought and background, openness and insight, and depth of understanding. It sees itself as the agora of American life and discourse, sponsoring lecture series', conferences, performances, and interdisciplinary collaborations in order to countenance good will and engender unifying ideas of inclusion and togetherness. 

The Voices of Culture Lecture Series is an ongoing collaboration between ACII and the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom. The series brings high level national speakers to the University of Arizona to address compelling issues within today's cultural environment.  

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VERNON SMITH 

“Classical Economics Lost and Found: The Role of Experiments”

March 12, 2020

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Vernon Smith is the  George L. Argyros Endowed Chair in Finance and Economics at Chapman University and Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Science, 2002

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RANDY BARNETT

“Are We A Democracy or a Republic—And Why Does It Matter?”

March 4, 2020

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor or Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center

Photo Credit: Cornell University

ROBERT FRANK

“Behavioral Contagion and the Climate Crisis”

February 7, 2020

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Robert Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Economics at Cornell University

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ROGER KIMBALL

“Wokeness, Free Speech, and the Role of Education”

January 30, 2020

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Roger Kimball is the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and the publisher of Encounter Books

Photo Credit: St. Louis Magazine

BOB CHITESTER 

“Milton and Rose Friedman, Me, and Poetry”

November 13, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Bob Chitester is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Free To Choose ® Network

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CLINT BOLICK 

“American Exceptionalism and the Rule of Law”

September 17, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Clint Bolick is Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court

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MICHAEL MUNGER

“The Future of Public Goods”

August 28, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Michael Munger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the PPE Certificate Program at Duke University

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DANIELLE ALLEN

“Toward a Connected Society: How Can We Support Democracy and Achieve Justice in Conditions of Diversity”

April 3, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

 

 

Allegory of Good Government (detail) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1338

HARVEY MANSFIELD

"The Value of Free Speech"

Lecture Description: Professor Mansfield discusses the value of free speech, understood as foundational to the right of free speech. Beyond the question of how far the right of free speech extends, we need to consider why free speech is valuable. Is some free speech more valuable than others? Drawing on his seminal works on Machiavelli and Tocqueville, political philosophy, and contemporary politics, Dr. Mansfield makes the case for encouraging a culture of free inquiry both in higher education and in terms of our political discourse in general. 

February 21, 2019

5:00 pm – Kiva Auditorium – University of Arizona Campus

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard.

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ARTHUR BROOKS

"The Art of Happiness"

Lecture Description: How does human happiness change over a lifetime? How can you build a life that results in deep and lasting happiness? Arthur Brooks weaves together prominent works of art, music, poetry, Eastern and Western philosophy, and the latest in the science of human happiness.

January 23, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108 – University of Arizona Campus

Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist, musician, and columnist for The New York Times. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute.

video to his book Love Your Enemies

Tucson Museum of Art

ERIC GIBSON

"Have We Forgotten How to Look?"

Lecture Description: Among its many revolutions, the digital age has altered our relationship to visual information-- how we take it in and process it, as well as our expectations of it. What are the consequences of this for the experience and understanding of art?

October 29-30, 2018

5:15 pm – ILC 120 – University of Arizona Campus

Eric Gibson is editor of the Leisure & Arts page of The Wall Street Journal. He was formerly the executive editor of ARTnews and art critic for the Washington Times.

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HEATHER MAC DONALD

"Academic Narcissism and the Attack on Humanistic Learning"

Lecture Description: Ms. Mac Donald discusses how, in the face of a radical push for diversity on college campuses, the West’s cultural inheritance remains indispensable to a strong academic curriculum and necessary for a robust cultural education.

February 25, 2018

3:00 PM - Fred Fox School of Music, Room 146 - The University of Arizona

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author.