Author Lecture with David Skeel at the River Forest Library

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COURTESY OF RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY

How do we explain human consciousness? Where do we get our sense of beauty? Why do we recoil at suffering? Why do we have moral codes that none of us can meet? Why do we yearn for justice, yet seem incapable of establishing it? 

These questions and more will be discussed when David Skeel visits the River Forest Library Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his newest book "True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World."   

David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011), Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has been interviewed on The News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews' Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. Skeel has three times received the Harvey Levin award for outstanding teaching, as selected by a vote of the graduating class, and has also received the University's Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law, Skeel also writes on sovereign debt, Christianity and law, and poetry and the law, and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  

"River Forest is a very well educated community with a deep and abiding interest in the spirit", states Sophia Anastos, Director of the River Forest Library. "David Skeel is exceptional in facilitating discussions that go beyond mere religious tolerance. He is insightful, direct, and masterly. Thus he nurtures a deeper understanding that comes of engaging real difference. He accomplishes this in the context of respectful consideration for all perspectives. He is the perfect speaker for River Forest. " 

This event is free and open to all, and will take place at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Avenue.

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