Keynote Lecture “Freedom and Our Founding: What do they mean for us today?"

Featuring scholars Annelien de Dijn and Aziz Rana & Audience Q&A 
Tuesday, March 1, 5 p.m., via Zoom with University of Scranton watch party 

This lecture focused on the evolution of the concept of freedom, how it has been understood and interpreted by the founders of our nation, and what this means for our democracy as we approach our nation’s 250th anniversary.  

This event was held via Zoom. Univeristy of Scranton students, faculty, and staff joined for a "watch party" in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall.



Annelien de Dijn 
Professor of Modern Political History and section chair of the Political History Department, Utrecht University, and author of “Freedom: An Unruly History” 


Aziz F. Rana 
Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, and author of The Two Faces of American Freedom 


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Event sponsors:

  • The University of Scranton
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department
  • The Lackawanna Historical Society
  • Scranton Public Library
  • Greater Scranton MLK Commission
  • Scranton Area Ministerium
  • WVIA
  • with the support of additional project partner organizations.