Harvard Law Professor Dr. Mary Glendon to Present Albaugh Lecture

Feb. 11, 2011

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Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School's learned hand professor of law, will give this year's annual Roy B. Albaugh lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the fifth floor banquet room in the Cashion Building in Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the National Law Journal, Glendon is one of the "Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America." She will discuss the lost art of politics as vocation according to Cicero and Edmund Burke.

"Both Cicero and Burke were eminent philosophers who took statesmanship seriously," said Dr. Michael Foley, an associate professor of patristics. "They are perfectly positioned to remind us of the importance of politics to human flourishing and of the need for good men and women to serve their country as wise public leaders. And Ambassador Glendon is perfectly positioned to tell us about these great thinkers."

Sponsored by Baylor's Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honors society, the event is the organization's "most important public event of the year," Foley said. "Each year, we bring to campus an internationally known scholar, artist, or public figure for the benefit of the Baylor family and the wider community."

Her latest book is The Forum and the Tower: Politicians and Philosophers in Conflict, Compromise, and Collaboration. Her other books include Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, A Nation Under Lawyers and A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Roy B. Albaugh, the lecture's namesake, was endowed in the late 1970s by Mrs. Oma Buchanan Albaugh in memory of her late husband, a Waco business and civic leader from his move to Waco in 1920 until his death in 1964.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Foley at Michael_Foley@baylor.edu.

Hankamer School of Business is at 1428 S. Fifth St.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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