Constructions, Deconstructions, and Destructions in Nature
The 1999/2000 Fellows Program at the Warren Center will examine how cultural appropriations of the natural world have evolved and shifted over time. The idea of nature is one of the most ubiquitous constructs in human culture. Every society in history has confronted nature in its many guises and forms. Precisely because the idea of nature operates simultaneously on so many levels of human activity--because it is both primal and elusive, omnipresent yet nearly impossible to pin down or define--it offers an ideal meeting ground for interdisciplinary inquiry and exchange spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The program codirectors are Michael D. Bess, associate professor of history,
and David C. Wood, professor of philosophy. Six Vanderbilt University faculty
members will be selected to join Professors Bess and Wood in the year-long
seminar. The Warren Center will also sponsor a Visiting Fellow with expertise in
the area of study. The program will be shaped by the visiting fellow and the
Vanderbilt faculty fellows. Information regarding both the internal and external
application processes can be obtained from the Warren Center
Kwame Anthony Appiah Presents the 1998 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture
This fall, the Warren Center will host the fourth annual Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture, to be given by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard. In his talk, "Liberalism in Difficulty," Professor Appiah will address liberalism's guiding vision, the promotion of tbe autonomy of free persons. This autonomy, he believes, poses some challenges to liberalism. Professor Appiah is a very distinguished scholar whose many books indude For Truth in Semantics (Blackwell 1986) and In My Fathers House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford University Press 1992). He is coauthor of Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (Princeton University Press 1996). He has also written a series of mystery novels. Professor Appiah will speak on Thursday, October 15, at 4:10 p.m. in 103 Wilson Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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