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FAU Lecture Commemorates Constitution Day

BOCA RATON, FL (September 6, 2011)– In commemoration of Constitution Day, Florida Atlantic University's department of political science presents Robert Talisse of Vanderbilt University with the lecture "Faith in Democracy." The free lecture will take place on Friday, September 16, at noon in the Live Oak Pavilion of the Student Union Building on FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

Talisse is a professor of philosophy and political science at Vanderbilt. His main areas of specialization are democracy, pluralism, political legitimacy and ethics. In his lecture, Talisse will talk about the benefits of democracy and reasons that we should defend it.

Talisse has edited 10 books, including Reasonable Atheism, with Scott Aikin; Democracy and Moral Conflict; Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed, with Scott Aikin; and A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy. Talisse is also the editor of the Public Affairs Quarterly. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York in 2001.

For more information about this event, call 561-297-2928.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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