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Professor seeks to find a solid, cooperative future

March 28, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- When Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert thinks about the future of civil society, he optimistically examines a full range of possibilities, but admits that where civil society will end up remains anyone's guess.

Siebert, professor of comparative religion and director of WMU's Center for Humanistic Future Studies, will discuss his most recent work in a presentation titled "The Right Society: Personal Autonomy and Universal Solidarity," Tuesday, April 2. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center and is a part of the winter lecture series sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. It is free and open to the public.

Siebert will outline three possible global futures, including a totally administered society, a society fraught with danger because of conventional and civil wars, and a society which he refers to as "right." This "right society" would revolve around personal autonomy and universal solidarity, resulting in a friendly, cooperative and helpful living.

For more information, contact the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Scott K. Crary, 269 387-8400, scott.crary@wmich.edu

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