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Moravian College to Host Regional Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Ted SchickBethlehem, Pa., March 26, 2014—Moravian College will host the fifth annual Moravian College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday, March 29. The annual conference brings together more than 20 presenters representing colleges and universities from the region and beyond. Muhlenberg College Professor Ted Schick will present the plenary talk, “Evolution is a Fact because it is the Best Theory.” There is no fee for the conference or the plenary talk, but those interested in attending must register through the conference website at http://home.moravian.edu/public/phil/conference/.

Moravian College students presenting talks at the conference include: Katie Makoski ’14, St. Thomas Aquinas on the use of Metaphor in Scripture; Monica Perone ’16, Hard Determinism Prevails, Compatible With Moral Responsibility; and Connor Stone ’14, A Critique of Peter Abelard’s Ethics.

“This event is student-driven. Our students organizers Katie Makoski ’14, Connor Stone ’14, Brian Welsko ’14, Monica Perone ’16, and Zachery Molchany ’16 have done a great job coordinating this year’s conference.” said Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, and chair of the department at Moravian College. “In addition to these student organizers, I thank all the members of the Philosophy Club who have contributed and played an important role in bringing this event to fruition.”

Ted Schick is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Muhlenberg Scholars Program at Muhlenberg College. He has authored three texts: How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (with Lewis Vaughn), Doing Philosophy: An Introduction Through Thought Experiments (with Lewis Vaughn), and Readings in the Philosophy of Science: from Positivism to Postmodernism. He serves on the editorial board of Philo and has published numerous articles on the nature of knowledge, reality, and value. His work also appears in a number of volumes of Open Court’s Philosophy and Popular Culture series including: Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, More Matrix and Philosophy, Star Trek and Philosophy, Led Zeppelin and Philosophy as well as Blackwell’s Beer and Philosophy. His current teaching interests include, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and biomedical ethics.

Participating institutions include John Hopkins University, Delaware University, Temple University, Muhlenberg College, Villanova University, Kutztown University, Marywood University, Nyack College, Bloomsburg University, Northampton Community College, and Moravian College. Please see attachments or visit our conference website for more information on the sessions: http://home.moravian.edu/public/phil/conference/.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor (bcantens@moravian.edu), or call (610) 861-1589.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.