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News Constitutional Law Professor Discusses "Roots of Modern Conservatism," Jan. 31

Marlboro, VT -- (January 21, 2011) -- Marlboro College will host a free, public lecture by Joseph Reisert, entitled "The Roots of Modern Conservatism" on Monday, January 31 at 7:00pm in Ragle Hall.

Reisert, a professor of constitutional law at Colby College in Maine, will address characteristics of the modern conservative's approach to governing in the wake of the newly-elected Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. There is an extraordinary diversity within the conservative ranks,  Reisert says, but at root are preferences for tradition over reason; for the local and particular against the general or cosmopolitan; and for the noble and beautiful over the useful and common. At bottom, says Reisert, these attachments or ideals are best understood as a response to the limits of what we can and do know about how society works and how to solve social problems.

Joseph Reisert has been teaching political theory and American constitutional law at Colby since the fall of 1996.  He is currently at work on a book that aims to develop a Rousseauian political theory, building upon those elements of Rousseau's political philosophy that are most profound, while discarding those that have been refuted by subsequent argument and experience. His first book, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Friend of Virtue (Cornell University Press, 2003), examines Rousseau's arguments for the importance of virtue in politics and explains his efforts to impart that virtue to his readers and thereby lay the foundation for a healthier, more democratic society.

Funding for this lecture comes from the Thomas Thompson Trust, which invites speakers whose point-of-view runs counter to the prevailing opinion on campus.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events Information line, 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.





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