This Symposium explores freedom from contract. When I was preparing to travel from my home in Ann Arbor to the University of Wisconsin where this Symposium was to be held, my 9-year-old son asked where I was headed. I explained that a bunch of people and I were going to meet and talk about freedom from contract, but the boy seemed unsure what this exchange was going to be about. I tried to translate: "It is about making promises that you don't really have to keep." This sounded surprising to him. He raised an inquisitive brow, and I knew he was wondering: "How come I never encountered this species of promises? What are those wonderful promises that you-don'treally- have-to-keep?"
Ben-Shahar, Omri. "Freedom from Contract." Foreword to Wis. L. Rev. 2004, no. 2 (2004): 261-70. (Freedom from Contract Symposium.)