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PBS and MSU partner to bring three 'Prohibition' public presentations to Bozeman Oct. 10-12

September 28, 2011

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In conjunction with Ken Burns' latest documentary, "Prohibition," MSU and MontanaPBS will offer three public presentations that address issues around legislating personal behavior on Oct. 10-12.

"Prohibition" will air Oct. 2-4 on MontanaPBS.

All events are sponsored the MSU Department of Political Science, the MSU Leadership Institute, and MontanaPBS and are free and open to the public.

A leadership discussion addressing the issues liberty, security and privacy and community values will be hosted by the MSU Leadership Institute at noon Monday, Oct. 10, in room 233 of MSU's Strand Union Building. Among the issues to be discussed are: How did a nation founded on civil rights ever go so wrong? Was Prohibition a good idea in the early 1900s? Is enacting a smoking ban on campus the same thing - and how do you enforce it? How about medical marijuana? Students and community members are encouraged to bring their lunch. Complimentary deserts and drinks will be served.

A presentation on "The Politics of Virtue: The unintended consequences of legislating morality" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave. Participants will discuss types of laws enacted in the name of family, and possible long term effects of such legislation.

Author and scholar Brian Duff, associate professor at the University of New England, will speak on "The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the MSU Procrastinator Theater, located in the MSU SUB. Duff's lecture, which is part of the College of Letters and Science Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series, focuses the unintended consequences for democratic goals when
leaders and U.S. citizens' articulate core political beliefs about parenthood and family.

For more information about the events, go to or

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667,