Upcoming Events and News:
PAR MAJOR Steve Nunez receives prestigous awards:
Jose Herrara Veteran puts leadership skills to good use in community. (click for link to article)
Jose Herrera works nights at the Mercy House shelter for homeless men.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd @ 7 pm UNCW Burney Center Call 910-792-0507
Speaker Rev. John O'Malley, SJ, Ph.D. The Francis Factor:
"The Francis Factor" Fr. O'Malley is a professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He is well known as a Scholar, Author, International Lecuturer, Jesuit Priest and Member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Mark Rowlands, "The Memories that Become Blood: Memoir and the Self," March 21, 2014 (Hall/Megivern Lecture) Cameron Hall Auditorium Room 105 at 7:00 PM
Mark Rowlands, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami, will deliver this academic year's lecture in honor of B. Frank Hall and James Megivern. Click here for his brief biography.
Continental Drift II: Conference Program
All Sessions in Fisher University Union (FUU) Azalea Coast Rooms 2001 A & B (See final page for link to campus map)
9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Bagels (Hallway Outside Conference Rooms)
9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Talk, Azalea Cost Room A (Moderator: Evan Hayes)
- Dr. Mark Rowlands, University of Miami, “Can Animals be Moral?
10:45 -12:00 Concurrent Sessions
Azalea Coast Room A: Nietzsche (Moderator: Dr. Matt Eshleman)
- Sam Askew, UNCW, “Nietzsche’s Minds of Spring and Autumn”
- Danni Meyer, UNCW, “The Gay Science: Nietzsche’s Audience and Message”
Azalea Coast Room B: Existential Themes (Moderator: Dr. Matt Waldschlagel)
- Aidan Healy, UNCW, “Apocalypse and Anguish: Arguing for an Existentialist Reading of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”
- Kelly Turner, UNCW, “Kierkegaard and the Absurdity of Faith”
LUNCH: 12:00 – 1:00 (On your own)
1:15 – 2:45 Concurrent Sessions
Azalea Coast Room A: Analytic Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Scott James)
- Garrett Huffman, UNCW, “Some Solutions Regarding the Puzzles of Identity”
- Shaffer Slocket, UNCW, “The Mind-Body Problem: A Cold Case”
- Sean Stoll, UNCW, “Doubting Descartes: The Cogito and Skepticism”
Azalea Coast Room B: Ethical Themes (Moderator: Dr. Candace Gauthier)
- Wayne Glickstern, Miami University of Ohio, “Deriving Evil from Thoughtlessness”
- Francesco Puleio, Queens University of Charlotte, “The Ethical High Score of Flappy Bird”
- Taylor Smith, UNCW, Moral Pluralism and the Warrior
3:00 – 4:15 Concurrent Sessions
Azalea Coast Room A: Religion and Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Diana Pasulka)
- Miranda von Salis, Guilford College, Ibn Rushd and the Transmission of Arab-Aristotelianism to Medieval Europe: a Study of the Reputation of Aristotle's Rhetoric
- Steve Nunez, UNCW, “A Query Regarding Egyptian Religious Influence on Modern Western Culture”
Azalea Coast Room B: Philosophy and the Soul (Moderator: Dr. Heath White)
- Tucker Dowell, Belmont University, “How Modern Medicine Deselected Natural Selection and the Impact on the Human Soul”
- Ryan St. Clair, UNCW, TBA/”Cognitive Closure and the Mind-Body Problem”
4:30-5:45 CFCC Round-Table Discussion: (Moderator: Dr. Tom Schmid)
“On the State of Higher Education”
Discussants: Drs. Eric Brandon, Shane Oakley, and Robert Sutton
Campus Map: http://www.uncw.edu/ba/campus_map/index.htm
Banquet: 6:30pm— Dockside Waterfront Bar and Marina - for presenters and faculty
1308 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
SponsorsUNCW Philosophy and Religion Department, Cape Fear Community College, UNCW Student Government Association, and Osher Life Long Learning Institute.
The Philosophy and Religion Society meets every other Wednesday night at 6:30 pm
The PAR Society schedule for Spring of 2014 is posted on their webpage. For more information, contact any of the officers of the society. You can also come by the PAR office to add your name to their email distribution list.
- On December 5, 2013, Professor Scott James won the award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students
- In November of 2013, Professor Herbert Berg received the Governor's Award for Excellence, which is the highest honor a state employee can receive. He is the first employee from UNCW to receive the award since 1997. Read more in the Faculty and Staff newsletter from October of 2013.
- In 2012, Professor Herbert Berg was awarded the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award.
- In 2011 and 2010, Professor Herbert Berg received the Discere Aude Mentoring Award, and in 2009, Professor Ferenc Altrichter received the Discere Aude Mentoring Award. The award is presented to UNCW faculty who are nominated by students of theirs who have themselves achieved high academic distinction.
- In August of 2009, UNCW and Pender County received a Mllion Dollar grant to improve American History Education in North Carolina, which was written by Professor Diana Pasulka.
- In 2008, Professor Walt Conser received the NC Society of Historians’ Ethel W. Twiford Religious History Book Award for his Coat of Many Colors: Religion and Society along the Cape Fear River of North Carolina (Kentucky, 2006).
- In 2008, Professor Teddy Burgh's book Listening to the Artifacts: Music Culture in Ancient Palestine (Continuum, 2006) was selected as winner of the 2008 Wachsmann Prize, presented by the Society for Ethnomusicology.
- In 2006, Professor Herbert Berg won the Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award.
"God of Abraham: God of Peace? God of War?" (April 11-12, 2013)
The B. Frank Hall-Megivern Interfaith Conference included a keynote address "Scripturalization as Violence" delivered by Dr. Vincent Wimbush from Claremont Graduate University, a plenary address "A Call to Attention: The Legacy of Compassionate Biblical Faith" delivered by Dr. Johanna W.H. van Wijk-Bos from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a guest speech by Dr. Mark D. Siljander, Former Congressman and Deputy U.N. Ambassador.
"Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life" (April 19, 2012)
Dr. Susan Wolf, professor of ethics at UNC-Chapel Hill delivered the B. Frank Hall lecture for this year.
"Tsumanis and Theodicy, Katrina and Karma: Christian and Buddhist Responses to Natural Disasters" (November 7, 2011)
The second James Megivern Lecture was delivered by Dr. Beverley McGuire of the PAR department, and it drew comparisons between theodicies of divine retribution and theories of karmic retribution, exploring alternative attempts to make sense of suffering.
"Emergence of the Skyscraper City" (September 9, 2011)
Mike Wallace, historian and Pulitzer Prize author of Gotham: A History of New York City, lectured on the Creation of Modern New York City as part of the American History Teaching Series.
"Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Impact on American Christianity and Judaism" (April 14, 2011)
Dr. James Charlesworth, Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the B. Frank Hall lecture for this year.
James Megivern Lecture and Speaker Series (April 20, 2010)
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted the first-ever James Megivern Lecture on April 20, 2010, with sessions including "Public Education & Teaching Religion Across the Nation" with Dr. Diana Pasulka, "How Jim Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty & Retributive Justice," with Dr. Sam Murrell, "Teaching New Testament at UNCW: Thirty Years of Good Cop, Bad Cop, & the Bible" with Dr. George Zervos, "Can Religion be the Basis for Ethics?" by Dr. Scott James, and "Universal Human Rights: Exemplifying Megivern as a Gentleman, Scholar, Humanitarian and Activist" by Dr. Don Habibi.
Dr. George Zervos
Dr. Scott James
Dr. Don Habibi
Dr. Sam Murrell
Dr. Megivern with Dr. Walt Conser and Janet Conser
Dr. Megivern, Dr. Gauthier, and Mrs. Megivern
"Guns, Gold, and the Civil War" (September 17, 2010)
Part of the American History Teaching Series,T.J. Stiles, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, gave this public lecture exploring American History through the lives of Jesse James and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
"Did God Have a Wife?" (April 1, 2008)
The 2007-2008 B. Frank Hall lecture was delivered by Dr. Willian Dever, one of America's most famous Biblical archaeologists.
The Impact of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution on Science & Culture (April 16, 2008)
Dr. Philip Kitcher, an internationally famous philosopher of science and John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, spoke on the impact of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution on science and culture.