SRU schedules first ‘Stoic Week’ program


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Oct. 28, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's philosophy department and Philosophy Club will explore what it means to live the good life during SRU's inaugural "Stoic Week" program Nov. 2-12. Events, including a roundtable discussion and keynote address by a visiting professor, are open to the public.

"Stoic Week," which was organized to provide a time of meditation and thoughtful conservation, will include a Nov. 6 panel discussion with three SRU professors and a Nov. 12 keynote address by William Irvine, professor of philosophy at Wright State University.

Irvine will deliver "Stoic Tests: A Study Guide" at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 12, in 111 Spotts World Culture Building. Irvine will meet with students at 5 p.m., Nov. 12, in 117 Spotts to talk about his book and discuss why insults hurt and why they shouldn't.

A stoicism panel discussion will be offered at 4 p.m., Nov. 6, in 111 Spotts. Elizabeth Boerger, assistant professor of psychology; Andrew Colvin, associate professor of philosophy, and Carlis White, associate professor of history, will lead the discussion.

Contrary to stereotypes that a stoic life involves enduring pain without complaint, SRU's program will reinterpret the ancient philosophy to illustrate that life can be happy regardless of circumstances, said Andrew Winters, SRU instructor of philosophy and "Stoic Week" organizer.

"Historical stoic practices contribute to our abilities to confront current challenges," Winters said.

The program will include an international component. SRU students will interact online with students at The University of Exeter. SRU's program was inspired by Exter's "Live Like a Stoic" for a Week."

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