with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Spring 2004

April 7, 2004

Brown vs. The Board of Education
David Williams II,
Vice Chancellor, General Counsel, University Secretary and Professor of Law
Brown v. Board of Education is one of this country's most important legal decisions. Many have questioned its impact and debated its history, however, its importance is indisputable. This discussion is about a case that changed a country and influenced the world.

March 3, 2004

The Problem of Good: The Persistence of Altruism in a Cold, Cruel World
James Hudnut-Beumler,
Dean of the Divinity School
Theologians and philosophers have long addressed the problem of evil, yet why people give their time, their resources, even their lives for others is an equally interesting problem. In this discussion, we will explore the nature of altruism in the contemporary world.

February 4, 2004

Perspectives on Life and Earth History: Antarctica
Molly Miller,
Professor of Geology
Ancient Life Flourished in Antarctica. The frozen continent of Antarctica once teemed with life millions of years ago, in spite of the fact that it was positioned at very high latitude. How is this life represented in the rock record, and what are the implications regarding change in the natural earth system?

January 14, 2004

The Future of Nature: Wild Things in a Technological Age
Michael Bess,
Associate Professor of History
Environmentalism has made significant progress since its birth a mere forty years ago, yet the power and impact of technology continue to grow ever more rapidly. As the uneasy relationship between the wild and the tame continues to play itself out over the next 100 years, what will be the fate of the natural world?