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Philosophy Dialogue Series explores evolution, identity

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
March 5, 2010

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will present evolution and identity as its discussion topic for the weeks of March 16 to 26 in room 132 of the Psychology Building on campus.

The two weeks' presentations and discussions will focus on a range of issues:

• Tuesday, March 16, 12:30 p.m.
Evolution and the Culture Wars
Victor Holk and Paul Valle (Dialogue Students)

• Tuesday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.
Arabic Culture 101: What You Need to Know
Amjad Mohammad (Arabic Language Coordinator)

• Wednesday, March 17, 2 p.m.
Phenomenology of Humor
Jeff Gordon (Philosophy)

• Thursday, 18, 12:30 p.m.
Stayin’ Alive: Does the Self Survive?
Blaze Bulla and Sky Rudd (Dialogue Students)

• Friday, March 19, 10 a.m.
Sustainability Group: TBA
Laura Stroup (Geography)

• Friday, March 19, 12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Open Forum

• Tuesday, March 23, 12:30 p.m.
Evolution: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion
Harvey Ginsberg (Psychology), Peter Hutcheson (Philosophy), Kerrie Lewis (Anthropology) Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy & Religious Studies)
Special Guest Panelist:
Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago (Evolutionary Biology)

• Tuesday, March 23, Evening Lecture
Why Evolution is True
Time and Place TBA
Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago

• Thursday, March 25, 12:30 p.m.
Constructing a Masculine Christian Identity: Sex, Gender, and the Female
Martyrs of Early Christianity
L. Stephanie Cobb, Hofstra University (Religion and Women’s Studies)

• Friday, March 26, 10 a.m.
Sustainability Group: Civic Ecology
The Human Rights of Sustainability
Vince Lopes (Biology)
Catherine Hawkins (Social Work)

• Friday, March 26, 12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Open Forum

Sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include: the American Democracy Project, the College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, the Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, the University Honors Program, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

For more information about this topic, please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or email A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at