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Bethlehem, Pa., March 19, 2010—Moravian College will hold the first Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday, March 27 in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex on its Main Street Campus in Bethlehem, Pa. Undergraduate students and professors representing institutions from Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) will be presenting a wide variety of general philosophical topics including ethics, feminism, gender, animal rights, religion, identity, and more.
Leading philosopher and educator Douglas Anderson, professor of philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be the plenary speaker for the conference. He will present, "The Mestizo-life of Philosophy."
Anderson studies the history of philosophy and American philosophy, and is interested in philosophy's relationship to other dimensions of culture. His work covers a range of fields from philosophy of science and religion to philosophy of sport, music, and education. His traditional work in American philosophy focuses on Charles Peirce and the history of pragmatism. He is the author of Creativity and the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, 1987; Strands of System: The Philosophy of Charles Peirce, Purdue University Press, 1995; Philosophy Americana: Essays in American Philosophy and Culture, 2006; Conversations on Peirce, co-authored with Carl Hausman, and Philosophy in Experience: American Philosophy in Transition, co-edited with Richard Hart.
Anderson is a 1980 graduate of Moravian College. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.
The conference was coordinated by the Philosophy Department at Moravian College assisted by students Maggie Riegel '10 and Armando Chapelliquen '12, who served as program coordinators.
"Any person who is interested in philosophy can attend," said Maggie Riegel '10 "Since this conference aims to bring together philosophers from throughout the Lehigh Valley, students as well as faculty are strongly encouraged to register on the website.” For more information, visit: http://home.moravian.edu/public/phil/conference/index.html.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.