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 SRU Philosophy Department Assumes Leadership Role as University Prepares to Host Conference 



April 1, 2003

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Student participants from your area are listed in the fifth paragraph


            SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will host a statewide philosophy conference Friday and Saturday, giving 10 Rock students, as well as students from the 13 other state-owned universities, an opportunity to present papers.

                The 16th annual State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference places SRU’s philosophy department in a leadership role. SRU’s Dr. Brad Wilson, assistant professor of philosophy, organized the conference, helped determine which papers will be presented and updated the association’s Web site in preparation.

           Wilson was elected president of the Interdisciplinary Association last year.

“This conference provides an excellent opportunity for faculty and students across the state system to come together for lively discussion of philosophical and religious issues,” he says.  “As hosts of this year’s conference, we are proud to continue our leadership role among philosophy programs in the state system.”

 Ten SRU students will present papers at the conference: Michelle Dees of Apollo, Rick Fera of Allison Park, J. Edward Hackett of New Castle, John Lienert of Jefferson Hills, Betty Osthoff of Valencia, Stephanie Pedas of Sharpsville, Jason Rogers of Oakton, Va., Troy Shelgren of Smethport, Marcy Jo Yonkey of Greensburg, and Jamaal Zubchevich of Washington.

Keynote address

Dr. Mark Risjord, associate professor and director of graduate studies at Emory University, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. Friday in Russell Wright Alumni House.  His lecture is titled “Knowledge, Value, and Diagnostic Inference” and will be followed by a reception.

Risjord is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at Emory.  His research is in the philosophy of science, philosophy of anthropology, philosophy of language, logic, and the philosophy of mathematics.  He is the author of“Woodcutters and Witchcraft: Rationality and Interpretive Change in the Social Sciences” and has published numerous articles.

Dr. Dan Conway of Penn State University will give a second keynote address at 11 a.m. Saturday in the alumni house.  Conway’s talk is titled “Facing Evil.” 

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