SUNY Ulster to host talk on America’s Founders

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On March 26, SUNY Ulster will host “The Enlightenment and America’s Founders,” a lecture by Dr. Khalil Habib. The lecture will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall 203. The lecture is presented as part of a lecture series presented by the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

The United States is the child of the Enlightenment. Dr. Habib will explain how America’s founders were imbued with the Enlightenment’s emphasis on rationalism, scientific method, and the capacity of the human mind to create a better government and society, as well as how this shaped the U.S. Constitution.

Dr. Khalil Habib is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Pell Honors program, and Faculty Fellow of the Pell Center for Public Policy and International Relations at Salve Regina University, Rhode Island. Professor Habib is a political philosopher who specializes in modern political philosophy including Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and the philosophical foundations of liberalism. He is the co-editor of numerous articles as well as several books, including Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States and The Soul of Statesmanship.

Dr. Ray Raymond, Professor of Government and History and Director of the Katt Institute described Dr. Habib as “a brilliant political philosopher with a rare ability to explain complex philosophical ideas in clear, readily comprehensible terms.”

The Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies is a biannual lecture series on important topics in American politics from past, present, and future. The mission of the Institute is to help college faculty, students, teachers, business people, the legal community, and the general public in the Mid-Hudson Valley deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of the United States and the New York State constitutions, their history, and their continuing relevance to current public policy debates. 

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