Centenary's Forum


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn, Sec. 297

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Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.

Theme: Libertarianism

What is the proper role of government? Should it strive to give all equal access to a life of dignity? Does any role larger than protection of the individual rights to life, liberty, and property overreach? Should government protect people from natural threats, like hurricanes, poverty, and illness? Or should government only protect people from other people violating their rights by stealing, killing or coercing them?

This year, Centenaryís Forum will discuss the issue of libertarianism. Weíve invited philosophers Craig Duncan and Tibor Machan to debate the issue, but they wonít have the final word. Our second event features students and citizens responding to Duncan and Machanís arguments. The Philosophy Discussion Group invites you to attend both events and join our discussion. What role do you think government should have in its citizenís lives?

What is Libertarianism? Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to find out.

Order Drs. Duncan and Machan's most recent book from Rowman and Littlefield, Libertarianism, here.

Drs. Tibor Machan and Craig Duncan

January 29th, 7pm

Kilpatrick Auditorium

Our discussion begins with a debate between Tibor Machan, taking the libertarian position, and Craig Duncan, who will defend liberalism.

Dr. Tibor Machan holds the R.C. Hoiles Professorship in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at Chapman University. He is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford Univesity.

Dr. Craig Duncan is an assistant professor of philosophy at Ithaca College in New York.

Students and Citizens

February 5th, 7pm

Kilpatrick Auditorium

Duncan and Machan will start our discussion and a group of students and members of the Shreveport Times's Citizen Editorial Board will continue it. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss.

Students Citizens
Chris DeGueurce (Philosophy and Neuroscience) Rebecca Thomas (Art Therapist)
Kiley Pulliam (Physics) Gregory Hudson (Minister)
Elizabeth Tomsula (Philosophy) Joe Cordill (Lawyer)

Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Drs. Duncan and Machan, our students and the members of the Editorial Board prior to each meeting.

We'd like to thank the Convocations Subcommittee, the Shreveport Times, Rowman and Littlefield, and Centenary's Office of Public Relations for all their support.