It is almost time for the Spring 2016-2017 Faculty Lecture Series to begin! We have an excellent schedule this semester and we hope to see you and your students there. Frank Mashburn kicks us off next Wednesday with his presentation, “The Matter with Matter: Or, Why Reality is Stranger Than You Think It Is!” All faculty lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus and will be live streamed and archived. Here is a schedule of the lectures:
Frank Mashburn: The Matter with Matter: Or, Why Reality is Stranger Than You Think It Is!
February 8, 2 p.m.
A philosophical analysis of what the world around us is made of … which may be more complicated than we think. Idealist philosophy and George Berkeley will be part of our analysis.
Claude Hardy: Good God, Claude! Introduction to Black Gospel February 21, 1 p.m.
An introduction to the world of gospel soul and funk music and the history of vinyl records. We will listen to records live during the lecture.
Carol Luther: The Silliest Stuff You’ve Ever Heard: Love vs. Logic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 1, 12 p.m.
It was just a dream, wasn’t it? Or was it? Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of irrational behavior, but perhaps the silly stuff of the play hints at some mysterious forces at work. We will explore the power of dreams and imagination as we follow the characters’ search for true love.
Grant Mincy: The Ecology of Play: How Leisure Time Activities Benefit the Common Good April 12, 2 p.m.
Play – self-directed, free, spontaneous, emotional, joyous and frustrating – is a rather interesting phenomenon not easily defined by biology. We discuss today’s working culture that limits play, among both children and adults, and the repercussions it may have.
NOTE: We have enjoyed our experience with the Faculty Lecture Series, but this will be our last semester as organizers. We are very excited that Trent Eades and Rob Lloyd are stepping back in their roles as organizers! They are already working on the 2017-2018 series, so if you are interested in presenting please let them know. Thank you all for your support of this very important series!
As always, we encourage you to come and support your fellow faculty members and bring your students! We are happy to put out sign-in sheets for you.
Katie Morris and Grant Mincy