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2012 Visiting Scholar of the Roxana Cannon Arsht Center for Ethics and Leadership: Michael Sandel

Release date: April 26, 2012

Photo credit: Kiku Adatto

Goucher College's Roxana Cannon Arsht '35 Center for Ethics and Leadership is presenting "What Money Can't Buy," a talk by Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel, on Thursday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.

In his presentation, Sandel will take up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn't there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, family life, and other spheres of life where they don't belong?

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets are free for Goucher students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i; $10 for general admission. Reservations must be made in advance by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, encourages the examination of the moral and ethical assumptions underlying hotly debated political and social issues. The Washington Post called him "perhaps the most prominent college professor in America," and Kirkus Reviews described him as "the professor we all wish we had."

His immensely popular course "Justice" has enrolled more than 15,000 students and was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. In his New York Times bestseller Justice, Sandel examines the meaning of justice and a range of topics, from government bailouts to immigration reform. His other books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice; Democracy's Discontent; and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics. Sandel's next book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, will be released this April. His work has been translated into 15 languages.

Sandel was appointed to serve on the President's Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2005 to examine the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies. In his book The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, he examines the moral quandaries related to the quest to perfect ourselves and our children.

A recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Sandel was recognized by the American Political Science Association for a career of excellence in teaching. He has taught at Harvard for more than 30 years, and he has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne; delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University; and presented the BBC Reith Lectures, which are broadcasted worldwide. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the most influential foreign figure of the year in China.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, Sandel was graduated from Brandeis and earned his doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Supported by a $2 million gift from Adrienne Arsht in memory of her mother, the Roxana Cannon Arsht '35 Center for Ethics and Leadership explores ethics and leadership across a range of liberal arts disciplines. Other Arsht visiting scholars have included Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; First Amendment lawyer and free-speech advocate Floyd Abrams; and journalist Bob Woodward.