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Rourke speaks in Faculty Author Series
Dr. Thomas Rourke, chair of Clarion UniversityÆs Department of Political Science, Sociology, and Philosophy, discussed his book, "Rethinking Politics: A Theory of Personalism," as the second speaker in the 2007-08 Faculty Author Seminar Series.

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"Rethinking Politics: A Theory of Personalism," examines the relationship between religion and politics, poverty and political economy, and the cultural effects of globalization.
In his talk, Rourke explained the political and economic implications of the concept of person as it developed and exists in the Western tradition. The book proceeds to develop the political implications of this concept and attempts to revive the older arguments in favor of connecting democracy to a vibrant agrarian life, as made by Aristotle and Jefferson. In addition, it argues for preferential treatment to smaller businesses and to a democratization of the corporate structure.
Rourke has taught at Clarion University since 1997. He received his B.A. from Fordham University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.
The series will continue on Nov. 14 with Dr. Kathleen Welsch, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, providing the program. It will continue in 2008 with programs by Dr. Susan Prezzano on Feb. 4, Dr. Miguel Olivas-Lujan on Feb. 20, and Dr. Henry Alviani on April 9. The programs are in the Center for Academic Excellence, Level A, Carlson Library, and are free and open to all.
This series is sponsored by the Faculty Senate Faculty Affairs Committee in cooperation with the University Libraries. This initiative is funded through Clarion University-Wide Faculty Development CommitteeÆs Presidential Advancement Award over a three-year period.