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Steel Center at Hendrix to Host Philosophy Conference

CONWAY, Ark. (October 2, 2017) – The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy will host the 18th annual meeting of the South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, to be held Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, 2017, in the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building at Hendrix College. 

As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy held throughout North America and Europe every year, the papers presented will cover subjects in philosophy from roughly the period beginning with the work of Michel de Montaigne and continuing through Immanuel Kant. Ten papers will be presented during the conference. View a complete list of titles and presenters

In a prelude to the conference, guest speaker Dr. Gideon Manning, Visiting Scholar at Claremont Graduate University (and presenter at the conference) will give a public talk, “Death: A History,” on Thursday evening, November 16, at 7 p.m. in the Mills Center for Social Sciences, Lecture Hall B. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to meet and visit with Manning in the Mills Center lobby. 

Both the conference and the talk by Dr. Manning are free and open to all. A reservation is required for conference attendance; contact Tammy Vanaman at by November 1 to make your reservation.

The conference organizer is Dr. Fred Ablondi, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Marshall T. Steel Center for the study of Religion and Philosophy. Questions may be directed to Ablondi at

About the Marshall T. Steel Center

The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy is named for Dr. Marshall T. Steel, Distinguished Alumnus and President of the College from 1958 to 1969. Made possible by a bequest from Mrs. Ruth Veasey of Dermott, Arkansas, the purpose of the Steel Center is to enhance the College's capabilities in the fields of religion and philosophy, including undergraduate study and related activities. Among its functions, the Steel Center sponsors conferences which include students, faculty, and off-campus visitors. The Steel Center promotes the study of religion and philosophy on and beyond the Hendrix campus. In so doing, it identifies, clarifies, and contributes to the emerging religious and philosophical issues of our time. Areas of emphasis include (1) interdisciplinary studies, (2) practical theology, and (3) philosophy and the academic study of religion.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit