LAWRENCE LESSIG / REPUBLIC, LOST
BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS PRESENTS:
Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig investigates the most vexing problem in American democracy: how money corrupts our nation's politics, and the critical campaign to stop it.
In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Curt in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all new low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress and that our Republic has been lost.
Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, REPUBLIC, LOST not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.
A onetime friend of Barack Obama, Lessig is as critical of the president and the Democratic Party as he is of Republicans. Both have allowed the core institution of our democracy to become little more than a shill for the most powerful moneyed interests in our Republic.
America may be divided, argues Lessig, but we must recognize that corruption is our common enemy, and we must find a way to fight against it.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmon J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justic Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the board of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berkley, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award, and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, and MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. He is the author of give books on the law and technology, including Remix, Code v2, Free Culture, TheFuture of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.
Berkeley Arts & Letters @ the Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
7:30 PM (doors open 6:45)
Book sales and signing will follow the program.
Tickets $12 ($6 students) in advance, $15 at the door
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2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
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