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SUNY Plattsburgh Alumnus Returns to Lecture on Democracy and the Free Market

PLATTSBURGH, NY (September 20, 2007)- Distinguished alumnus Jack Russell Weinstein, Ph.D., will return to the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus for a series of talks as a part of the American Democracy Project, a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates.

Weinstein will deliver the first of two talks, "Is Money All There Is? Other Aspects of Life in Adam Smith's Free Market," on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center. "This will be high-energy talk," said Dr. David N. Mowry, director of the college's honors program. It will present information in a way that is interesting and accessible.

The second talk, "Liberal Sympathies: The American Constitution and the Education of Its Citizens," will be presented in the Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. This will be a scholarly talk, according to Mowry.

Weinstein spent his undergraduate years at SUNY Plattsburgh where he studied philosophy and political science while serving as the editor of the Cardinal Points student newspaper. He graduated with honors in 1991 and went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Boston University.

He currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota where he was nominated by students to receive the UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching.

Weinstein is the author of two books, "On MacIntyre" and "On Adam Smith." He has been a contributor to a variety of scholarly publications, including The William Mitchell Law Review and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki and has just returned from his time as a guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

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