Professor to deliver talk titled 'Institutional Corruption' March 28

Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will present a talk titled "Institutional Corruption" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in the auditorium at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. This lecture, The Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics, is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Professor Lessig introduces a theory of institutional corruption. Spanning a wide range of institutions, from Congress to the academy, he offers a way to describe such corruption, and then reform it.

Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award, and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts degree in philosophy from Cambridge, and a juris doctor degree from Yale.

This lecture is sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, and co-sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University; Richard B. Lippin and the late Ronnie Lippin; Schreyer Honors College; Presidential Leadership Academy; Center for Democratic Deliberation; and Dickinson School of Law. Rock Ethics Institute events are also made possible with the support of generous gifts from Doug and Julie Rock.

Last Updated March 13, 2012