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Institute events ask ‘What Kind of Health Care System Should the U.S. Adopt?’

As part of its spring series devoted to health care, the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host two important public dialogues that will explore the complex questions surrounding the politics, economics, and ethics of the health care system in the United States.

The first, which will be held April 19, will feature two leading scholars of health care policy and ethics. David Craig is a professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and author of Health Care as a Social Good: Religious Values and American Democracy. Joan Tronto is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota and author of Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality, and Justice.

At the next event, which will be held April 26, the conversation will shift toward economics with two prominent academics and public intellectuals. Amitabh Chandra is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is a frequent commentator in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other national publications. Tyler Cowen is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Center for the Study of Public Choice and has earned numerous accolades, including being named a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy and is one of The Economist’s most influential economists of the decade.

Both discussions will begin at 7 p.m. in Tomson Hall 280. They are free and open to the public, and will also be streamed and archived online.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate, and offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of a liberal arts setting.