Visiting Scholar - Professor Eric Freyfogle, University of Illinois College of Law - "The Next 250 Years"
Professor Eric Freyfogle, a Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author or editor of a dozen books dealing with issues of humans and nature, some focused on legal aspects, others reaching to larger cultural and social issues. His work is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing upon history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics and literature, and is guided by a conservation ethic that seeks better ways for humans to live in nature.
America’s long embrace of individual liberty and equality has reached the venerable age of 250, if we date its beginning to the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765. As beacon and rallying cry, our beloved rights-based frame has brought vast gains, culturally and politically. But is it suitable and potent enough to confront the dark forces of our era, to halt the worsening ills of economic injustice, environmental loss, and sagging democracy? Has the time perhaps come for major shift in our nation’s moral and legal trajectory, down a new, long path that honors interdependence and the goods we share?