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September 13th, 2010
Philosophy Dialogue Series begins next week


The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State will observe its 15th anniversary this month former Texas Senator and U.S. Ambassador to Burundi and Botswana Robert Krueger discuss the role of dialogue in democracy on Sept. 20.

Krueger will speak in room 132 of the Psychology Building at noon.

The first week of dialogues will continue on Sept. 21 in room 132, when dialogue class members take up democracy and civil discourse. At 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, in the same room, Texas State philosopher Vince Luizzi will speak on dialogue, leadership and professional ethics.

At 11 a.m. on Sept. 23, the Departments of Philosophy and Art & Design will hold a panel discussion entitled, “Equilibrium: Body as Site.” The discussion will take place in the gallery in the Joann Cole Mitte building. The speakers will be curators Kate Bonansinga and Rachelle Thiewes, along with participating artist April Wood. At 12:30 p.m. back in room 132 of the psychology building, dialogue students will ruminate under the title, “Revolutionaries on the Quad.”

The week of dialogue ends on Sept. 24. At 12:30 p.m., the weekly Talk of the Times discussion in room 132 will focus on the press, news media and democracy. The open forum will feature University Star editor Allen Reid, Associated Student Government (ASG) President Melanie Ferrari and ASG Vice President Colter Ray. At 1:30 p.m., philosophy student Moaaz Khan will speak on “A Mosque at Ground Zero? Pro and Con.”

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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