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2016-2017 USF Philosophy/Theology Lecture Series Opens Sept. 7

The University of Saint Francis presents the first free public lecture of its 2016-2017 Philosophy/Theology lecture series on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. in the Brookside Ballroom on the USF main campus, 2701 Spring Street.

Presented by USF Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Schneider, “Why ‘All Men Are Created Equal’ is Not in the Constitution” is the first in a series offered by the USF Department of Philosophy and Theology faculty throughout the academic year.

Schneider will offer clarification on the Constitution and the purpose it serves. A survey has found that most Americans incorrectly believe the words "All men are created equal" are found in the U.S. Constitution. This indicates a misunderstanding of the Constitution’s purpose as to whether it was meant to supply answers to moral or political questions. This lecture will examine how the Constitution established a government under which such questions can be addressed and why Americans may need to look outside the Constitution—to religious traditions, for example—to find answers to questions that arise in our public life.

All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, visit