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Steel Center to Host Dr. Julianne Chung

chung pic.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (October 25, 2018) – The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy at Hendrix College will host Dr. Julianne Chung for a November 8 public lecture, and as the featured guest for the November 9 installment of the Center’s long-running Friday Afternoon Discussion series.

Chung is presently assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Louisville and affiliated faculty for the linguistics and Asian studies programs there. Her primary areas of research are epistemology, the philosophy of language, aesthetics, and metaphysics (each of which she engages in a cross-cultural manner, specifically drawing from contemporary Anglo-analytic and classical-to-contemporary Chinese and Japanese philosophy). She is also associate editor of Oxford Studies in Epistemology and vice president of the American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division. In addition, she is a member of the American Philosophical Association’s committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, and of the steering committee for the Midwest Conference in Chinese Thought. Her past work has included teaching philosophy to pre-college aged students and an introductory logic and philosophy of science course that formed part of the Yale Pathways to Science Summer SCHOLAR Program.

Her public talk, “Wu-wei as Transformative Experience,” will take place Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall B of the Mills Center for Social Sciences; a reception follows in the Mills Library. The presentation explores the possibility that the philosophical and religious ideal of wu-wei (variously translatable into English as, e.g., “no-trying,” “no-doing,” “non-action,” or “effortless action”) can be fruitfully interpreted as a transformative experience.

The Steel Center Friday Afternoon Discussion, held Friday, November 9 from 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. in the library of Ellis Hall, is titled “Art as Educator: Why and How.” Chung will lead participants in a discussion of how and why art and other aesthetic phenomena can help individuals learn about themselves and the world, how various philosophical traditions address questions surrounding this process, and reasons that humanity chooses to engage with art and other aesthetic activity for this purpose, as well as other related questions that may arise.

About the Steel Center

The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy was established to promote the study of religion and philosophy on and beyond the Hendrix campus. In so doing, it is to identify, clarify, and contribute to the emerging religious and philosophical issues of our time. Named for Dr. Marshall T. Steel, Distinguished Alumnus and President of the College from 1958 to 1969, the Steel Center is known for providing lectures, workshops, and the weekly Friday Afternoon Discussion for members and guests of the Hendrix College community.

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