Master of Liberal Arts & Science
Saturday University for Fall 2013
Coming this October:
Life’s Big Questions:
and Philosophy’s Answers to Them
In collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Department of Philosophy.
Saturday University--designed for inquisitive adult learners to help them rediscover the joy of education for its own sake, without entrance exams, homework assignments, or final papers--was instituted as a way of presenting academic outreach to our community. Saturday University is designed to fill the niche between the single lecture and a full degree program. A lecture series held on Saturday mornings, this is a non-degree program designed for adult learners in the community who want to sharpen their own engagement in lifelong learning.
Saturday University has been a successful outreach to the local community, allowing us to showcase Vanderbilt faculty, research centers and programs. Whether it has been our “De-Coding the 2012 Election” the "Immigration" lecture series with Professors Donato, Gerstle, Barsky and Pierre or the fall 2011 sessions with Billy Collins, Saturday University has been a vital activity for Nashville’s lifelong learners.
Past sessions highlighted the Center for Medicine, Health & Society, the Center for Study of Democratic Institutions, the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment as well as History of Art faculty and the Vanderbilt Art Collection. In addition to its community outreach, Saturday University has been welcomed by MLAS students and alumni, as an additional academic way for them to connect with Vanderbilt University.
We are also pleased to announce our partnership with:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Vanderbilt University is an organization that strives to provide community members with stimulating intellectual and cultural pursuits. OLLI offers non-credit courses which allow students to benefit from invigorating lectures and discussions in an informal, supportive and relaxed environment. It is an organization that provides fifty and over adults with educational programs, stimulating tours, trips and cultural activities and events. OLLI is a cohesive group that projects a true sense of community and always welcomes new members.
Professors John Lachs, Scott Aikin, Kelly Oliver, and Michael Hodges, will each lecture.
John Lachs: The Past, the Future and the Present
Children live in the future, the elderly in the past. If we don't learn to appreciate the present, we lose the only life we have.
Scott Aikin: Happiness and Self-mastery
The ancient Stoics held that freedom consists in mastering oneself, particularly one's emotions. There are questions as to whether this mastery is possible for beings such as us and whether such mastery would be worth the difficulty of achieving it.
Kelly Oliver: The Big Picture: Philosophy after the Apollo Missions
Ever since the Apollo missions sent back photographs of the whole Earth from the vantage point of the moon, there has been a movement to see ourselves united as human beings on one lonely fragile planet. Can a global perspective lead to more peaceful relations amongst all the peoples of the earth as Immanuel Kant predicted in the 18th Century, or, as he also warned, must world citizenship be limited? In this lecture, we will discuss what Kant and more contemporary philosophers have to say about global ethics and world citizenship.
Michael Hodges: The Moral Philosopher
and the Moral Life
What are moral and social ideals, and how can we achieve them? If we can’t achieve these ideals, can we at least approximate them? How can philosophy help?
Lectures will be held on Saturdays. Each session will include lecture, plus Q&A, from 9:30 until 11:30. The total fee is $75. We anticipate a huge demand for these sessions. Space is limited for this Saturday University, so please send in your registration soon.
All lectures will be held in Furman Hall 114, situated on the eastern end of campus. Ample parking is available in Terrace Place garage and the open lot on 21st Avenue South.
For more information, contact Martin Rapisarda,
associate dean for Arts & Science, at 615.343.3140