Lessig Delivers Hager Lecture on Institutional Corruption

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig presented to a standing room only crowd at the 16th Annual John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture Thursday, April 12, in the Price & Turpen Courtroom at the College of Law.

Lessig's presentation "On the Ideal of Independence," explored how the framers of the Constitution intended our government to be structured as a representative democracy, stating that to maintain trust, "independence requires proper dependence." Lessig’s current academic work addresses institutional corruption, focusing on fundamental problems of ethics in a way that is of practical benefit to institutions of government and society. He created the Grant and Franklin Project that proposes small dollar-funded elections as an alternative to the current machine-funded political model.

Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Lessig is also a noted expert and outspoken technology activist, supporting net neutrality and open source software development. Lessig was previously a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the Center for Internet and Society.

Prior to the lecture, Lessig was a guest on StudioTulsa with Rich Fisher. Listen to the interview in its entirety.

Read more about Lessig's vision for cleaning up government corruption at rootstrikers.org.

Watch Lessig's presentation "On the Ideal of Independence" on TU Law's YouTube channel.

See photos from the event on our Flickr page.

Shari Erwin