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#BigFertility Showing in Princeton

Please join us for a screening of #BigFertility: It’s All About the Money. The showing will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here

This movie is the latest documentary by the Center for Bioethics and Culture. It documents the story of Kelly, a three-time surrogate who finds herself in devastating financial circumstances. As she nearly dies from what she believes to have been an act of altruism, Kelly learns the truth about an industry marketed to people especially vulnerable to financial need. 

Additionally, Jennifer Lahl—the film’s writer, director and producer—will be coming all the way from California to have a Q&A with us at the screening. Find more of her work here. Ms. Lahl is knowledgeable about the fertility industry and extremely informative. We highly recommend coming to hear her first-hand perspective and to ask her any questions you may have on this topic.

We hope you will join us in supporting this film and learning more about the growing fertility industry. 


Civil Liberties: a Free Online Course Taught by Witherspoon Senior Fellow Robert P. George

Enroll now in Civil Liberties, an free online course taught by our very own Prof. George. The course begins on September 13 and will run for seven weeks. Sign up here

About the course

In this free course, participants will explore the moral basis of controversial claims of civil rights and liberties by carefully considering the evidence and reasons presented by notable thinkers and in groundbreaking Supreme Court opinions.

We do not seek unanimity of opinion, but rather a deepening of understanding. Whatever your views happen to be—liberal, conservative, whatever—they will be sympathetically explored but also challenged. The goal of the course is not to persuade you to think as anyone else does; rather, it is to encourage and empower you to think about disputed questions of civil rights and liberties more deeply, more critically, and for yourself.

What you’ll learn

•  The historical foundations of civil rights and liberties in the United States
•  How influential philosophers have thought about important civil rights issues
•  The arguments presented in groundbreaking Supreme Court opinions
•  How to critically analyze controversial claims to civil rights and liberties
•  An understanding and respect for those who have differing opinions

Still not convinced? Watch a video that outlines the course here.