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Philosophy and Humanities Fall 2010 Colloquia

Posted: September 21, 2010
The Philosophy and Humanities Department has announced its fall 2010 colloquium series. All lectures are free and open to the public.

John Walton-Burnight, lecturer in Old Testament theology at Lewis University and research project professional at the University of Chicago, will present the first talk, Thursday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m. in E. H. Butler Library 210.

Walton-Burnight will present “Truth versus Tradition in Job 3–5.” The book of Job in the Hebrew Bible deals with themes of both historical and contemporary interest, including the nature and existence of evil and the reconciliation of evil’s existence with religious beliefs about God and goodness. Walton-Burnight, who was a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007–2008, will draw on his expertise in Near Eastern history, languages, and literature to offer a new interpretation of Job’s suffering, and the relationship of suffering to religious belief in monotheistic religions.

“John is a Near Eastern languages philologist,” said Jason Grinnell, assistant professor of philosophy and humanities. “His talk is sure to give an additional perspective to the traditional understanding of the book of Job.”

The remaining presentations will take place in Bishop Hall 242, the Philosophy Department’s student lounge, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The presentations are:

Thursday, October 7
“Administrators’ Use of Student Evaluations of Teachers,” presented by Marianne Ferguson, professor of religious studies.

Thursday, October 14
“Notes on the Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” presented by Alan Podet, professor of religious studies.

Thursday, November 4
 “Finding Balance: Yoga and Aristotle's Ethics,” presented by Leigh Duffy, lecturer, philosophy.

Thursday, November 18
“Social-Institutional Reality,” presented by Julian Cole, assistant professor of philosophy; commentator Ryan Harvey, junior majoring in philosophy.

Kimberly Blessing, chair and associate professor of philosophy and humanities, said, “We’re pleased to offer a series that reflects the diversity and expertise of our faculty.”

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Blessing at
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