Happy Summer students, faculty, and staff! It has been a successful year of events and programming largely thanks to your thoughtful participation. We appreciate every attendee, contributor, and the perspectives they add to our events. If you would like a piece of the Steel Center to take with you this summer, we are currently accepting students for a new reading group. The book is by David Livingstone Smith titled, Less than Human: Why we Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others. Less than Human is the first book of its kind to discuss and theorize why we sometimes think of others as subhuman. Using history, evolutionary psychology, biology, anthropology, and philosophy, David Livingstone Smith provides a coherent interdisciplinary account of what dehumanization is, how it's used, and how to deconstruct it. The Steel Center will have dinner and discussion in the fall to discuss students' thoughts on the book, so be sure to grab a copy during finals week for summer reading! Email email@example.com for more details!
Steel Center Brunch with Bryan Van Norden
April 14th 11 am to noon, Ellis Hall
-For the Hendrix Community-
An opportunity to share food and conversation with Dr. Van Norden. No lecture or talk topic, just open discussion.
Bryan Van Norden Spring Lecture and Reception
April 14th 7 pm, Mills B, reception to follow in the Mills Library
Learning from Chinese Philosophy
When Europeans first encountered Chinese Confucians, Daoists, and Buddhists, they immediately recognized them as serious philosophers. However, this attitude changed due to the influence of imperialism and pseudo-scientific racism, so that (beginning with Kant) Chinese philosophy was dismissed and banned from academic philosophy in the West. Recently, works like my Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto have challenged the status quo and demanded that we return to the cosmopolitan ideal of multicultural philosophy. This lecture provides several examples of the profound and distinct philosophical debates that existed in China on issues such as consequentialism, human nature, ethical egoism, relativism, and skepticism.
Worldview Porch Brunch
Thursday, March 10th 11-12pm
For the Hendrix Community - Open discussion of our perspectives on reality, knowledge, and values. All points of view are welcome (and snacks are provided).
"Should Nietzsche Be Canceled?" Lecture and Discussion
Featuring Carl Sachs PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marymount University (Arlington, VA)
Thursday, February 3rd 11:15 am- 12:15 pm Ellis Hall (In-person and via Zoom)
To obtain the zoom link in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most frequently taught philosophers and often engaged students with his irony, wit, and subversive humor. For many decades, Nietzsche's influence on Nazis and other fascists has been downplayed or ignored. Yet recent scholarship on Nietzsche has argued that Nietzsche's 'dark side' is ignored only at a terrible cost. On this reading, Nietzsche believed that slavery is the basis of culture and hated the rise of liberal democratic societies in which slavery was abolished. His critique of Christianity is based on a critique of the moral system in which slavery is seen as morally wrong -- a moral system that was invented by the slaves for their own benefit. This strand of Nietzsche's thought not only inspired the Nazis but also influences contemporary neo-fascists, reactionaries, and influential figures on the "alt-right". If Nietzsche's thought is seducing people to reject the basic principles of liberal democracy, is it morally irresponsible for us to teach Nietzsche to college students? Does Nietzsche's dark side affect how we ought to teach Nietzsche, if indeed we should?
Aesthetic Agency? The Authority Approach Steel Center Lecture
Featuring Steel Center Visiting Scholar, Dr. Keren Gorodeisky, Author & Professor of Philosophy (Auburn University)
Thursday, November 11th 7 pm Worsham Hall (limited to 50 guests), Reception to follow
Engagements with aesthetic value pervade human life. We choose to wear these shoes because they beautifully match the dress; we travel to Petra on account of its beauty or we love Michaela Cole’s TV show, I May Destroy You, as powerful and deep. Our aesthetic engagements appear to be as significant to our lives as human beings as our theoretical inquiries and practical pursuits. But is there anything worthy of the name aesthetic agency?
Until very recently, there has been no discussion of aesthetic agency. This is likely because aesthetics has traditionally focused not on action, but on appreciation, while the standard approach identifies ‘agency’ with the will, and more specifically, with the capacity for intentional action and voluntary control. In this lecture, I argue, first, that this identification is unfortunate since it fails to do justice to the fact that we standardly attribute beliefs, emotions, desires and other attitudes that aren’t formed ‘at will,’ including aesthetic appreciation, to people’s agency. Fortunately, we need not abide by this Practical Approach, but can develop an alternative: the Authority Approach to rational agency, which I defend in this lecture. This is great news for aesthetics, I argue additionally, because any account of aesthetic agency that accepts the Practical Approach and focuses on aesthetic actions fails to provide a genuine notion of aesthetic agency. This is because we have no handle on what counts as aesthetic actions independently of these actions’ relation to appreciation: actions are “aesthetic” only derivatively insofar as they center around things that merit (dis)appreciation. For this reason, we have genuine aesthetic agency only if we can exercise agency in appreciating, which is not an exercise of the will. Since the Authority Approach allows us to explain how we exercise agency in aesthetic appreciation, it equips us with a genuine conception of aesthetic agency.
Lecture will be available via Zoom as well, register in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Worldview Porch Brunch
Thursday, October 27th noon to 1pm
For the Hendrix Community - Open discussion of our perspectives on reality, knowledge, and values. All points of view are welcome (and snacks are provided).
Steel Center Visiting Scholar Dr. Reggie Williams to Speak at Two Online Events, March 17 and 18Hendrix College welcomes expert on Dietrich BonhoefferCONWAY, Ark. (March 9, 2021) — The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy at Hendrix College welcomes Reggie Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, as its Steel Center Visiting Scholar for 2021. His visit will occur remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions; nevertheless, he will speak at two Hendrix-based events, both of which are free and open to the public:· Wednesday Afternoon Discussion/Virtuous Conversations Series, 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. CDT: “Learning to Be Troubled: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Experience in Harlem”· Steel Center Lecture on Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. CDT: “What Killed Dietrich Bonhoeffer?”Dr. Williams’ book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, 2014) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in 2015 in the field of religion. The book analyzes German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s exposure to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals, and worship at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, during his year of post-doctoral study at Union Seminary in New York, 1930-31. Williams will focus on this particular time in Bonhoeffer’s life, and how it influenced his resistance of the Nazi regime, for the content of the Wednesday Afternoon Discussion.In addition to Bonhoeffer, Williams’ research interests include Christological ethics, theological anthropology, Christian social ethics, the Harlem Renaissance, race, politics and black church life. His current book project includes a religious critique of whiteness in the Harlem Renaissance. In addition, he is working on a book analyzing the reception of Bonhoeffer by liberation activists in apartheid South Africa.Williams received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He earned a master’s degree in theology from Fuller in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Westmont College in 1995. He is a member of the board of directors for the Society for ChristianEthics, as well as the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society for the Study of Black Religion.While both events are free, pre-registration is required for access to the Zoom platform. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the day of the event to make a reservation and receive event access.
The Nazi forces that Bonhoeffer opposed were a local, historical manifestation of lethal ideas that predated Hitler’s regime, and outlived it. For consideration of who we must be, today, in order to oppose those forces, it matters that we ask, not “who” killed Bonhoeffer, but, “what” killed him?
2021 Steel-Hendrix Awards Announced
CONWAY, Ark. (March 4, 2021) — The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy at Hendrix College will present the 36th Annual Steel-Hendrix Awards to the Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris, Sophia Said, and Jennifer White. Because of pandemic restrictions on gatherings, these extraordinary church and community leaders will receive this year’s awards remotely, in a ceremony that will premiere Monday, March 29, at 4 p.m. on the Steel Center Facebook page and the Hendrix College YouTube Channel.
Information about the Steel-Hendrix Awards and each award’s recipient follows:
The Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris – The Mary and Ira Brumley Award for Religious Education
The Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris is an ordained elder in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served congregations in West Memphis and Fort Smith, and now serves as an Associate Pastor overseeing the digital campus of First UMC Conway. She has also worked on staff in the Arkansas Conference, focusing on church revitalization and new church starts. That work gave rise to Gospel Discipleship, two books (a participant guide and congregation guide) which helps people understand their discipleship in terms of defining paths spelled out in each of the four Gospels.
Also during her time on the Conference staff, Morris oversaw the design and launch of the Arkansas Conference’s online learning system, CouRSe, which provides free online courses to anyone. When COVID-19 broke out, she also coordinated the Conference webinar responses. She directs the Arkansas Course of Study for local pastors and teaches at the regional course of study at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas.
Morris holds two degrees from the University of Arkansas – a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature. She also has her M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (emphasis New Testament), both from SMU in Dallas. Morris writes for the Adult Bible Studies curriculum and is one of the writers for the CEB Women’s Bible. She is passionate about connecting people to Jesus in meaningful ways, and loves to help people gain a deeper understanding of their discipleship.
Sophia Said – The Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness
Sophia Said is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has helped establish this outreach ministry to build bridges of peace and understanding and enhance public dialogue among different faith communities.
Said designs and implements interfaith initiatives in order to educate people about the various faith traditions and promote interfaith dialogue and awareness. She has provided community leadership by exemplifying interfaith cooperation skills through several of her programs, including interfaith summer camp for youth, interfaith youth group for teens, educational classes and workshops for adults, interfaith prayer events, interfaith supper club, and much more. She has also increased awareness about the rights of immigrants and religious minorities by educating and bringing diverse communities together in Arkansas.
Sophia is also the founder of Madina Institute, a mosque in Little Rock committed to the principles of compassion, education, illumination, and inclusion, serving the spiritual, social, and educational needs of a growing Muslim population in Little Rock.
Born and raised in Pakistan, Sophia moved to United States for higher education. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah in 2007 with a degree in economics. She has a master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service and has worked as a strategic adviser and gender based economic development consultant locally and internationally.
A recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year award from Just Communities of Arkansas, the Peacemaker of the Year award from Arkansas Coalition of Peace and Justice, and several other awards from local and state-based organizations, Said is committed to creating peaceful, diverse communities based on the principles of coexistence and pluralism.
Jennifer White – Hendrix College Youth Minister of the Year
Jennifer “Pooh” White was born and raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has been connected with First United Methodist Church of Stuttgart since birth. After high school, she moved to Arkadelphia and attended Ouachita Baptist University, graduating in 2011 with a degree in Christian studies with an emphasis in youth ministries, crisis counseling and a minor in psychology.
White started her career as an intern at her home church, which led to her taking on the leadership of the youth program. For the past decade, she has been the director of youth ministries at First United Methodist Church of Stuttgart, running a cooperative youth program with FUMC and Grand Avenue United Methodist Church of Stuttgart. To deepen her expertise, she has attended Perkins School of Youth Ministry and taken seminary courses.
Beyond her local church, White currently serves as co-leader of the Southeast District Council on Youth Ministries, on the Refuge Task Force for the Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministries (ACCYM), and on the ACCYM adult research team. Through the past 10 years, she has helped grow the Stuttgart youth program from three members to over 100, giving of her time to mentor young people and volunteer in her community, making a diﬀerence in countless lives.
The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy at Hendrix College will host a reading group on Murray Bookchin's "The Ecology of Freedom The emergence and dissolution of hierarchy". The group will meet on February 26th, March 26th, and April 30th from 4 to 5pm Via Zoom. The reading group will be led by Dr. James Dow- Steel Center Director & Associate Professor of Philosophy. To sign up for the reading group, make arrangements to receive your book and receive Zoom link information, please email email@example.com by Friday, February 5th.
Visiting Altheimer Scholar – Dr. David Livingstone Smith, Author and Professor of Philosophy (University of New England)
Altheimer Lecture – On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It
Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm. We will be hosting this event via Zoom and livestreaming it to our Facebook page. To register in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One evening, Rudolf Höss, the commander of the Auschwitz extermination camp, was sipping wine with his brother-in-law Fritz. Fritz asked him what the termsubhuman meant. “Look, you can see for yourself,” Höss, replied, “They are not like you and me. They are different. They look different. They do not behave like human beings.” The Holocaust, the enslavement and brutal lynching of Black Americans, and many other atrocities, were fueled by such dehumanizing beliefs. Drawing on ten years of research, and using real examples, Dr. Smith will explain how dehumanization works, focusing on its close connection to racism, its psychological dynamics, and what we need to do to resist and combat its toxic power. -Dr. David Livingston Smith
Visit the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/344143183489537
Dr. Smith will also be leading the Steel Center Wednesday Afternoon Discussion What, If Anything, Is Race? on October 21st at 4:10 pm. Visit https://www.hendrix.edu/steelcenter/wednesdayafternoon/ for more information.
David Livingstone Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He has written or edited nine books, including Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (St. Martin's Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for nonfiction and his latest book, On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It. His work has been translated into seven languages. David is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose publications are cited not only by other philosophers, but also by historians, legal scholars, psychologists, and anthropologists. He has been featured in several prime-time television documentaries, is often interviewed and cited in the national and international media, and was a guest at the 2012 G20 economic summit, where he spoke about dehumanization and mass violence.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
@6pm in Ellis Hall
Everyone is welcome! Popcorn and beverages will be provided!
A Clockwork Orange
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Monday, April 6th, 2020
Ellis Study Hall
Beginning January 28th, the Steel Center will host a study hall period in Ellis Hall. Study Hall will take place on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring semester from 6 pm to 8 pm. A student attendant will be present at all times. Study Hall is open to any Hendrix student.
Let’s Talk About Beauty: Invitations and Aesthetic Discourse
November 7th in Mills B
Normative discourse, or talk of what we ‘ought to’ or ’should’ do, is often said to be distinctive in aiming at convergence. When we talk about what we ought to do, think, believe, or feel, the thought goes, we aim to get everyone on the same page and ‘converge’ in our beliefs, feelings, plans, etc. While this might be true of some normative domains, I argue that it is not true of the aesthetic. Like much moral discourse, typical aesthetic claims seem to express feelings or have prima facie imperatival force. But, as I argue, the conversational aims aesthetic discourse are distinctive. A symptom of this is the special type of speech act we typically perform in aesthetic discourse. Understanding the speech act requires understanding the force of aesthetic imperatives, and among the several options a few stand out: demand, request, recommendation, and invitation. To adjudicate between these options, I present an account of the normative character of aesthetic discourse and argue that the invitation reading fares best. On this view, typical aesthetic claims include invitations to appreciate. It turns out that the ‘end’ of aesthetic discourse is community, in a sense, not convergence, and so we should reject theories of aesthetic conversation that emphasize convergence.
Led by Nick Riggle, Author and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of San Diego
Ellis Hall Exhibit:
The Anthropogenic Sublime
Hurricanes, floods, droughts, and tornadoes produce sublime experiences of nature being bigger than us, more powerful than us, and beyond our comprehension. But, once we acknowledge human-caused changes in the natural environment in the Anthropocene, how do we use art to express the sublimity of natural environments? Works in The Anthropogenic Sublime approach questions about the boundary between humans and nature, about activity and passivity, and about how we express and represent ourselves, our environments, and nature in an era of human caused changes to the natural environment.
OPENING – Friday, September 27th 5 -7 pm in Ellis Hall This is a come and go event featuring the works of six artists with a guided walk through at 6 pm.
The exhibit will be open in Ellis Hall from September 2019 – August 2020.
Lecture and Brunch
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Led by Dr. James Dow
Contact email@example.com for your free copy of the book!
*while supplies last*
April 24th, 2019
The Body of Empathy: Can Art Cultivate Empathy?
“Hendrix College cultivates empathy” is the first clause of our statement of purpose. The Ellis art exhibit The Body of Empathy, curated by Dr. Dow and Dr. Lopas, asked the question of whether engaging with art can enable us to cultivate empathy. Dr. Dow will lead a discussion about the aesthetics of portrait paintings, discuss the artworks in the exhibition, and will argue that empathizing with personas and scenes in portrait paintings cultivates empathy in ways that differ from interacting with people and nature.
April 17th 7 pm in the Mills Center, Room B
The Ethics of Portraiture
Featuring Steel Center Guest – Dr. Anne Eaton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Affiliate to Art History and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Portraits can provoke the highest levels of moral outrage that the artworld has seen. Consider, for instance, Marcus Harvey’s Myra, which was widely and vociferously decried in the UK in the mid 1990’s. Can such outrage be justified? If so, what makes a portrait the proper object of moral judgment? If not, what sort of mistake, exactly, are the morally outraged making? In this paper I consider a variety of features of portraits that at least appear to make them proper candidates for moral evaluation: (1) moral attributes of the artist, (2) the moral valence of the processes of making the portrait, (3) and the portrait’s effects in the world. After finding each wanting to some degree, I offer an alternative understanding of what makes a portrait the proper target of moral judgment and consider some examples.
This is a free event, open to everyone.
A reception will follow the lecture in the Mills Center Library.
Being John Malkovich
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
@7pm in Mills A
Everyone is Welcome! Popcorn and beverages will be provided!
Steel Center Art Opening "The Body of Empathy"
September 19th, 2018 from 4pm-8pm
Please join us in Ellis Hall for an art opening for The Body of Empathy on September 19th from 4pm-8pm with a descriptive walk through the exhibit at 6pm. The Body of Empathy is an internationally juried show of environmental portrait paintings by six different artist: Donna Festa, Karen Fleming, Nina Jordan, Eva O'Donovan, Emily McIlroy, and Niamh McGuinne. The yearlong show is jointly curated by Professor Mathew Lopas and Dr. James Dow. The theme of The Body of Empathy is whether we can empathize with characters or persons in paintings. Can looking at the human body in a painting be a type of ethical witnessing of the life of a person? How does engagement with paintings cultivate empathy differently than perspective taking with people?
Green Sweater, 2013
Oil on Panel
4in x 4.5in
Man with Gray Shirt, 2012
6in x 6in
Happy Birthday Evie Smith, 2012
Woman with Thinning Hair, 2012
4in x 4in
Oil on Printed Fabric
35in x 45in
Thermal Transfer Screen Print and Encaustic on Aluminum
42cm x 35cm
Memory: Autopsy, 2014
Oil and Black Pastel on Paper
52in x 33in
Oil on Board
61cm x 61cm
1131 LaSalle St., 2015
Oil on Canvas
48in x 60in
November 8th, 2018 from 7pm-8pm
Dr. Julianne Chung
This 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" (cf. Slingerland 2003 and 2005)) can-at least it is presented in the Zhuangzi-be fruitfully interpreted as a transformative experience. It begins by describing in more detail what wu-wei is before explaining why it can be understood as a transformative experience for Zhuangzi. The overall project, however, is ultimately one that involves multidimensional multicultural exchange, rather than, say, one that aims simply to re-interpret early Chinese philosophical ideas using tools furnished by contemporary Anglo-Zhuangist wu-wei as a transformative experience stands to enrich Anglo-analytic philosophy's understanding of the notion of transformative experience.
"A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River"
The Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy will hold a reading group on Aldo Leopold's " A Sand County Almanac" and other readings meeting mostly biweekly on Wednesdays starting September 26th from 4:10pm to 5:10pm and Nature walks in local natural areas every third week on Saturday afternoons starting October 6th with Dr. James Dow and Dr. Maureen McClung. The focus of discussions will be Leopold's account of environmental value.
Come visit and tour Ellis Hall. Recently renovated and new home to Religious Studies, Philosophy and The Marshall T. Steel Center.
Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, April 19th
7pm in Mills B
Praising and Loving the Unjust: the Problem of Socratic Patrotism
with Dr. Emily Austin- Hendrix '00
Reception to follow in the Mills Library
Friday, April 20th
3:30pm to 4:30pm in the RaPC
Steel Center: Friday Afternoon Discussion
The Steel Center & The Raney Building: How They Shaped My Life
with Dr. Amanda Baugh '04, Dr. Emily Austin '00 and Dr. Jay McDaniel
Saturday, April 21st
10:30am DW Reynolds, Room 10
Book Talk with Dr. Amanda Baugh '04 & Dr. Whitney Bauman '98
Facilitated by Dr. Fred Ablondi & Dr. Jay McDaniel
Book signing to follow
at 2pm on the Ellis Hall Lawn
Join us for an afternoon of Traditions, Memories, History and the future of the Steel Center by Dr. Jay McDaniel. Recognition of Dr. McDaniel and dedication by Dr. Stella Capek & Dr. Bill Gorvine. Announcement of the Steel Center Director and the new Steel Center home. This is a come and go event & refreshments will be provided.
(In case of rain, we will gather in the Mills Lobby)
Join us on Tuesday, April 17th at Hendrix College for two special events featuring guest speaker-
Anat Hoffman, Israeli Activist and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.
Co-sponsored by: The Marshall T. Steel Center and the B’nai Israel Temple
To view more photos from the conference visit the hendrix flicker account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hendrixcollege/albums/72157688072553252/with/38822930252/
Saturday, March 3rd in the RaPC from 9AM-12PM
While most interfaith resources are concentrated in urban areas, the need to cultivate hospitality toward other religions exists in rural areas as well. During this workshop, we will explore the characteristics of “an interfaith mindset,” learn about existing interfaith initiatives in rural Arkansas, and brainstorm new ways to cultivate interfaith understanding in areas where religious diversity is not readily apparent. All are welcome.
The workshop is sponsored by the Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network, with assistance from the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy, and facilitated by Dr. Jay McDaniel and the Rev. Teri Daily.
Saturday, February 24th at Hendrix Campus
Regional Interfaith Conference – “Interfaith Community and the Future of American Democracy”
With the support of Interfaith Youth Core, Hendrix College will host a one-day regional student interfaith training focused on the potential of interfaith collaboration to transform the American political landscape. The morning keynote will feature Miroslav Volf of Yale Divinity School, who will focus on the value of building interfaith relationships. The afternoon will feature a workshop on building interfaith community and shaping that community for political advocacy, led by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. Students will have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with students from other campuses. Participating schools include: Hendrix College, Lyon College, University of Central Arkansas, University of the Ozarks and Rhodes College.
Tuesday, September 19th
7pm in the Mills Center, Room A
Faith in Black and White: The Church and Race in ‘Colorblind’ America – The Bible in Black and White
Featuring – Guest Speaker, Dr. Nyasha Junior – author and Biblical Scholar. This is a public speaker event to explore the systems of racial injustice in contemporary American culture and the role of the Church in creating a more racially just society. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow in the Mills Center Library.
Pictures of the event can be seen here.
Wednesday Afternoon Discussion
September 20th, 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the RaPC
No Crystal Stair: Becoming a Black Woman Biblical Scholar
Guest speaker – Dr. Nyasha Junior, author and Biblical Scholar. Dr. Junior will discuss her intellectual journey and the challenges along the way. Open to the public. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Thursday, September 21st
8 to 9 pm in the Brick Pit
Peace Vigil and Dedication an Arkansas Peace Week Event
Guest speakers include: Sophia Said, Director and Interfaith Leader of the Madina Institute of Little Rock. Reverend and Dr. Denise Donnell, Director of Just Communities of Arkansas. Tyler Pearson, of Compassion Works for All. Event includes a candlelight vigil and signing of the peace manifesto. This event is open to the public.
Thursday November 16th
7 pm in Mills B
Death: A History
Guest speaker – Dr. Gideon Manning, Scholar of Philosophy
“This talk will explore some of the myriad ways in which death is more than a biological event, for it is a historical event in the fullest sense, affecting art, literature, economics, government organization, and cultural and social practices. This is easiest to see when death occurs on a massive scale, as in epidemics, like the Black Death, or in times of war, like the U. S. Civil War. By focusing on these events and the broader history of death, this talk will identify some of the changes that have occurred in how death is experienced, represented, and has been conceived in Western culture. Questions that will be relevant to the subjects discussed include: What is the ideal death? How does a good death relate to a good life? How should we plan for death? What role do physicians have at the end of life? How should we mourn? Is death to be feared? Is immortality desirable? References will be made to the history of medicine, ancient and contemporary philosophy, the Old and New Testament, sociology, history of economics, and literature.” – Dr. Manning
The talk will be followed with an opportunity to meet and visit with Dr. Manning in the Mills lobby. Coffee will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
The eighteenth annual meeting of the South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held Friday-Saturday, November 17-18, 2017 at Hendrix College (Murphy Building – Seminar room), in Conway, Arkansas. As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy held throughout North America and Europe every year, the papers presented here cover subjects in philosophy from (roughly) the period Montaigne to Kant. For program times and schedule, please visit:
Attendance is free and all are welcome, though those planning to attend are asked to make your reservation to Tammy Vanaman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1.
Thursday, February 8th 7pm in Mills C
No Philosophy association is necessary and everyone is welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be provided! You are welcome to participate in a brief discussion after the film (but it’s not required).
Thursday, October 26th 7pm in Mills C
A film screening of "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" will be held in the RaPC at 4 pm on Thursday, December 1st. A Friday Afternoon Discussion will follow on Friday, Dec. 2nd from 3:30 to 4:30 in the RaPC. The discussion will cover whether or not environmental disobedience is ever justified and will be presented by the Philosophy Dept. seniors and facilitated by Dr. James Dow. The film screening and discussion are open to everyone.
is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” So writes Arundhati Roy, Indian novelist and
author of The God of Small Things. Another world becomes possible through acts
of social imagination.
From October 10-18, 2015,
people throughout the United States, influenced by hopes for the common good of
the world, are creating Imagination Stations in public spaces nationwide. One of them will be on the brick patio at
Hendrix on October 12-14. It is sponsored
by the Hendrix Murphy Foundation, The Steel Center for the Study of Religion
and Philosophy, Fat Soul International, and the “Art and Spirit” course of The
Engaged Citizen initiative. With chalk
provided by the Hendrix Murphy Foundation, members of the Hendrix community
(students, staff, and faculty) can write their own haiku and short poems, or
draw images if they prefer, envisioning the world they wish to inhabit
and—looking back from the future—celebrating the work that helped bring it into existence. The
entire process will be videotaped through time-lapse photography. The resulting
texts, images, videos, and more will be uploaded to an online
platform, yielding a crowd-sourced vision of the future, inspiring art,
policy, and community action.
Banquet and Awards at 5:30 p.m.
Worsham Performance Hall
Please join us to celebrate these individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of religious education, social awareness, and youth service.
(Tickets are $20 until February 19 $25 after that date w/ deadline of March 4, contact
email@example.com or call 501-450-1263)
Followed By: Wilson Lecture at 7 P.M.
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament and Past President of the Society of Biblical Literature
7pm Mills B followed by a reception in the Mills Library
Presented by guest speaker Dr. Eve Sweetser Professor of Linguistics, University of California – Berkeley
It is rather a standing trope of the discourse about religious language that it is special. This is often said to be due to the ineffable nature of religious experience, simply beyond the capacity of language to express. And yet – we keep on using language to express it. Indeed, we keep on using the same kinds of language (many of the same metaphors, for example) which are part of our everyday grammatical repertory. This talk will explore some of these structures, and discuss some of the reasons why this should be so.
*The event is free and open to the public.
Reception 11 a.m. to noon
Raney building lobby
We will bid farewell to Mary Richardson, Instructor of Speech at Hendrix since 1979; Stephen Kerr ’76, Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business, who has taught at Hendrix since 1979; and to the Raney building itself that will make way for the future Dawkins Welcome Center. If you cannot join us, please send your warm wishes to Mary and Stephen in care of the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement and we will deliver them.
Presented by Geshe Shenpen Samdrup and Dr. Gorvine
This traditional smoke or incense offering ceremony traces its roots to the indigenous Bön tradition of Tibet, which preceded the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. It uses a variety of fragrant plants (such as juniper/cedar, sage, and other aromatics) as offerings to sanctify a given space and to restore one’s relationship with the physical and spiritual environment, purifying impurities and pollution in the process. This popular ritual as currently performed by laity and monastics integrates the practical, life-affirming concerns of Tibetans with the wisdom-teachings and compassionate-activities of enlightened beings (or Buddhas). It is believed that by participating in the offering, one may enhance one’s health, vitality and wellness, wish the same for others, and enjoy integrating with a broader, sacred world. Doing so may also help with final exams and projects! This particular performance will be conducted by Geshé Shenphen Samdrup, a Tibetan monk, scholar and spiritual teacher from Menri monastery in northern India, and all are welcome to join in!
Mills Library at 4:10 p.m.
Presented by Geshe Shenpen Samdrup and Dr. Gorvine
Come meet Geshé Shenpen Samdup, a monk, scholar, and spiritual teacher in the Tibetan Bön religious lineage who was born in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and comes to us from Menri monastery in northern India. Drawing from his many years of study and practice, along with his experience working with students from around the world, Geshé Samdup will share insights and invite participants to get an experiential appreciation for how Tibetan practitioners understand and undertake meditation practice, and how these approaches might be of value to a variety of interested people.
Hendrix College will formally install Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt as the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11:10 a.m., in Reves Recital Hall in the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Guests from the community are welcome to attend.
Reves Recital Hall in Trieschmann Fine Arts Building
The event will feature a presentation by the State Oracle of Tibet, the Venerable Thubten Ngodup, who will be accompanied by Lama Tenzin Choegyal and seven monks from Nechung Monastery.
In this special event, Lama Tenzin Choegyal will offer a brief introduction to guests and to the chants they will offer, and he will facilitate an introduction by the Venerable Thubten Ngodup (Kunten-la) to Tibetan contemplative practice.
Following this, attendees are invited to participate in a wide-ranging question and answer session.
The program is co-sponsored by the Marshall T. Steel Center, the Interdisciplinary Program in Asian Studies, and the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling.
For more information, contact Hendrix religious studies professor Dr. Bill Gorvine at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-450-3820.
Mills B at 7pm Followed by Reception in Mills Library
In Epistemic Injustice (2007) Miranda Fricker argues that there is a distinct type of harm done to those who are discredited due to prejudicial stereotypes. This harm is distinctively epistemic in nature as it prevents a person from participating in the knowledge production practices of a community and deprives a subject of full epistemic status. The examples that Fricker focuses on are those involving race and gender. The woman who is given less credibility in the boardroom when she speaks, for instance, because of prejudicial stereotypes about women, suffers not just a moral injustice, but an epistemic one. Dialogue with others—dialogue across difference—is possible only if we acknowledge the phenomenon of epistemic injustice and work to ameliorate it. In this talk, I raise the question of whether children, as a class, are subject to epistemic injustice. I argue that they are and that this is not only detrimental to the child but to the adult's ability to understand and gain knowledge of the world.
- Dr. Deborah Tollefsen
This event will include a Q&A time at the end of Dr. Tollefsen's talk. A reception in the Mills Library will follow. This event is open to the public.
Dr. Tollefsen will also lead the
Steel Center's Friday Afternoon Discussion - Shaping the Group Mind - Friday November 11 at 3:30 in the Religion and Philosophy Commons (RaPC)