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Necessary Voices continues on November 10 with Dr. Stephen Healey and “The Meaning of Liberalism.”

Leslie Geary
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Necessary Voices, the University of Bridgeport series on arts and ideas, continues this Thursday, November 10, with Dr. Stephen Healey speaking about “The Meaning and Future of Liberalism," a provocative inquiry into the viability of our religious, economic, and political freedoms.

Healey’s presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. at The Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

It is free and open to the public.

Healey, who is Dean of Arts and Sciences and an associate professor of world religions at UB, said recent global events make it imperative to reconsider whether Liberalism – that is, the belief that individuals may engage in intellectual and religious inquiry, or economic pursuit, without restriction – is an unalienable right, and if so, is it now being threatened?

“Liberalism is a guidance mechanism to society and civilization that stresses freedom, and at the present moment, I believe this guidance mechanism is being challenged from without and within,” said Healey. “Most of us reflexively answer yes, we should be free, but Liberalism is a very novel idea. And if it was novel at one time, it can be lost.”

Healey’s lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period.


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu