Exploring the Many Facets of Freedom
A University Center in the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact, the Freedom Center embraces viewpoint diversity to help identify and examine society’s grand challenges.
Our faculty fosters critical thinking about freedom, responsibility, and human behavior through the interdisciplinary study of philosophy, politics, economics, law, and ethics. Center scholars also include post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students in philosophy, and visiting and research fellows we host from universities worldwide.
The Center’s impact comes through research, publications, graduate education, undergraduate education, and other academic programs, as well as major community events that bring experts with different perspectives together to discuss and debate timely issues. Just this year, we’ve addressed The Great Reshuffling and its impact on the workforce and workplaces, busted the myth at SXSW that women are less competitive than men to help close the gender wage and opportunity gap, continued to help high school teachers effectively engage students in civics, financial literacy, and ethics, produced powerful oral histories that detail the differences between democracy and communism, and are convening a panel of extraordinary women who fought for and won greater equity in sports to share their stories and spur continued progress.
April 5, 2023: Women’s Equity in Sports: The Fight, The Scars, and the Thrill of Victory
University of Arizona Women’s Basketball Coach Adia Barnes and fellow UA Alumna and catalyst for a women’s race at the Tour de France Kathryn Bertine headline an All-Star panel of trailblazing women who pioneered the fight for women’s equity in sports. Joining them are two-time Olympic hockey medalist and National Hockey League analyst for ESPN A.J. Mleczko, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning sports journalist at ESPN and co-owner of the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League Sarah Spain, and the first woman to run the Boston Marathon and winner of the New York City Marathon Kathrine Switzer. Emmy and Associated Press award-winning sports journalist Damien Alameda from KOLD News 13 will moderate.
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Political Philosophy Program
The Freedom Center is committed to a diverse and inclusive discussion of the ethical, economic, political, cultural, religious, legal, and psychological dimensions of freedom. We aim to promote the understanding, appreciation, and institutional realization of ideals of freedom and responsibility through published research, undergraduate education, graduate education, and community outreach.
Master of Legal Studies, Law & Economics Concentration
The Freedom Center partners with the James E. Rogers College of Law to offer a concentration in Law & Economics for the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree. The program provides an enhanced understanding of law and regulation, economic theory and empirical methods. Ideal candidates include current or aspiring federal, state and local elected officials, high-school teachers, school board members and public employees as well as students interested in pursuing advanced studies in these or related fields.
The MLS, Law & Economics concentration is a one-year program pursued full-time or part-time. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis (conditional on available funding).
Faculty PublicationsThe Freedom Center is a respected nonpartisan academic resource for leaders seeking to understand how to address society’s biggest challenges by facilitating critical thinking about freedom and responsibility, and about justice and the good society. Housed under the Office for Research, Innovation, and Impact, the faculty draws on philosophy, politics, economics, law, and ethics to foster critical thinking about freedom, responsibility, and human behavior.
Civil discourse powers progress and learning. Tax-deductible contributions fund scholarships, academic research, educational programs, public events that highlight the importance of freedom to an inclusive society where diversity and differing viewpoints are acknowledged and respected.
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.