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Join Chris Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Honors Program at the University of New Orleans, as he dives into crime statistics, profit-oriented opportunities in minority communities, how licensing laws and other barriers prevent robust growth, and the issue of violence and its effects. Violence stunts most opportunities to live a flourishing life. See how entrepreneurship is a way out of that norm.About the Speaker
Chris Surprenant is associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, where he is the director of the UNO Honors Program and founding director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project, an academic center for research and programming focusing on issues at the intersection of ethics, individual freedom and the law.
His work focuses on topics in the history of moral and political philosophy; contemporary issues in criminal justice reform, including the ethics of punishment; the connection between human well-being and entrepreneurship; and the importance of free exchange to the proper functioning of a free society, both in academic institutions and the community as a whole.
His current project, "Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System," argues that meaningful criminal justice reform requires recognizing the existing profit incentives connected to many aspects of our current approach to justice and punishment, and then modifying these incentives to better serve the interests of justice.
He has received a handful of awards for his academic work. They include being recognized by Princeton Review in 2012 as one of the "Best 300 Professors" in the U.S.; recognized by Cengage Learning in 2014 as one of their "Most Valuable Professors" for the year, awarded to three professors in the U.S. who "have made lasting impressions on the education and lives of their students"; and selected by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 2018 as an ATLAS award recipient for his work on criminal justice reform.
During 2017–18 and 2018–19, he will be a non-residential Galsworthy Fellow in criminal justice at The King's College's Center for the Study of Human Flourishing. From 2019 and 2022, he will be leading a project to examine and support entrepreneurship in minority communities. This three-year project is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.