Old Town Hall Lecture Features Fukuyama

Posted: February 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Francis Fukuyama, a professor in The Institute of Public Policy’s International Commerce and Policy program, is the guest speaker at the next Old Town Hall lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The topic is Fukuyama’s latest book, The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order (Free Press, June 1999). The lecture is cosponsored by the Interservice Club Council.

In The Great Disruption, Fukuyama disputes the idea that the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s represent the beginning of an endless negative slide downward. Drawing on the latest research in sociology, economics, and evolutionary biology, Fukuyama argues that social change is an ongoing process and is the natural outcome of the human biological drive to establish moral values. In the end, he believes families, and hence societies, will always right themselves because humans are social animals, and it is in our nature to reconstitute society into viable forms. Copies of The Great Disruption will be available for sale following the lecture, and Fukuyama will be available to sign his book.

The lecture is held on the second floor of Old Town Hall, at the corner of University Drive and Main Street in the City of Fairfax. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided. Free parking is available in the lot on the corner of University Drive and North Street. For more information, call x38846.

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