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Event focuses on research of Dartmouth professor

Posted 05/21/98

The work of retiring Dartmouth government Professor Roger D. Masters, who has written about everything from politicians' facial expressions to Machiavelli to the impact of pollution on the incidence of violence, will be the focus of a panel discussion on Friday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hinman Forum of Rockefeller Center. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in Morrison Commons of Rockefeller Center.

Titled "The Nature of Politics: A Panel to Honor the Scholarly Career of Professor Roger Masters," the event will include Christopher Kelly, who teaches political theory at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, speaking on "Rediscovering Nature: Roger Masters and Political Philosophy Today"; Donald Elliot, adjunct professor of law at Yale University, speaking on "Roger Masters' Contributions to Law and Legal Scholarship"; Michael McGuire from the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School, speaking on "Emotions, Behavior and Politics"; and Denis Sullivan, the William Clinton Story Remsen 1943 Professor of Government, Dartmouth, on "Personal Style and Political Leadership."

Masters is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and chair of the Executive Committee of the Portola Valley, Calif.-based Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to the study of evolutionary biology, human social behavior and law. After completing a bachelor's degree at Harvard in 1955 and serving in the U.S. Army, Masters obtained a doctorate degree in political philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1961, writing his doctoral dissertation on the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Masters' most recent work is Fortune is a River: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli's Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History, just published by the Free Press and a selection of the Book of the Month Club, the History Book Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club. This study describes how Leonardo and Machiavelli collaborated in an attempt to make Florence a seaport, bringing to life these two geniuses of the Renaissance and their contribution to the emergence of modern society.

Earlier publications include Machiavelli, Leonardo, and the Science of Power (Notre Dame University Press, 1996); Beyond Relativism: Science and Human Values (University Press of New England, 1993); The Nature of Politics (Yale, 1989); The Political Philosophy of Rousseau (Princeton, 1968) and The Nation is Burdened: American Foreign Policy in a Changing World (Knopf, 1968). He also has co-edited a number the volumes Primate Politics (with Glendon Schubert, SIU Press, 1990; paperback edition, University Press of America, 1994); The Sense of Justice (with Margaret Gruter, Sage, 1992); the first seven volumes of The Collected Writings of Rousseau (with Christopher Kelly, UPNE, 1990 to present); and The Neuro-transmitter Revolution: Serotonin, Social Behavior, and the Law (SIU Press, 1994). His is also general editor of The Gruter Institute Reader in Biology, Law, and Human Social Behavior (Primis-McGraw Hill) as well as editor of the "Biology and Social Life" section of Social Science Information.

The event is being sponsored by the Department of Government and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth.

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