March 7, 2014
The Drury University Humanities & Ethics Center’s Spring Speakers Series features two thought-provoking presentations and discussion forums. All events are free and open to the public. Members of the community are welcome to attend, listen and discuss these important topics.
The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at the Diversity Center, 803 N. Washington Ave. Dr. Adam Potthast of Park University will present a talk titled “The Dark Side of Human Rights: Should We Defend Rape Jokes, Fred Phelps, and Intolerant Cultures?” The event is free and will be followed by a reception.
Then, at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, the Center will host a community forum on human rights at the Midtown-Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. Dr. Potthast will be joined by Stephanie Perkins of PROMO for this forum, which will be moderated by Dr. Craig Titus, assistant professor of philosophy at Drury.
The second speaker is Dr. Caroline Levine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will present “Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Humanities and the Arts” at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 31, at the Diversity Center. A community forum will again be held at 12:30 p.m. the following day, April 1, at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. It will feature Levine as well as Nick Nelson, director of the Springfield Art Museum, and Dr. Rich Schur, associate professor of English at Drury, leading a discussion about the intersection of the arts, Humanities and democracy.
Examining these kinds of issues through the lens of the humanities is essential, says Dr. Dan Livesay, assistant professor of history at Drury.
“We often think of topics such as human rights and democracy as political or policy issues, and they certainly are,” he says, “but they ultimately stem from our desire for certain humanistic institutions to exist. Our concepts of basic rights are shaped by our philosophical sense of the world around us.”
The speaker series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and by Drury’s Humanities & Ethics Center.
The Drury Humanities & the Arts Film Series also resumes later this month on March 29. More information about the three remaining films, which also are followed by open discussion forums, is available online.
For more information, contact: Dr. Dan Livesay, (417) 873-6954 or email@example.com.