Religion & Philosophy Department

Lebanon Valley College

Research Symposium on Catherine Malabou

Malabou Symposium

Malabou Symposium 2

 

LVC’s Symposium on a Living Philosopher culminated last week with Catherine Malabou’s extended visit to campus.  Malabou, who lives in Paris and works at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in London, came to LVC in between trips to Duke University and Villanova University.  During her three days here she conducted study sessions with faculty and students, gave a public lecture entitled “What is a Psychic Event? Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology on Trauma,” and served as the official respondent for the Undergraduate Research Symposium held on her work.

The Research Symposium was the culmination of a yearlong seminar course.  Five LVC students (Dylan Matusek, Ashley Ferrari, Halley Washburn, Devan Glenny and Marquis Bey) presented their original research on Malabou directly to her in an open, public forum.  They were joined by Jordan Skinner from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI.

The students were poised, knowledgeable, and confident, even as they sparred with a contemporary thinker of world significance.  Malabou herself was warm, gracious, and exacting.  She spoke affirmatively of the high level of scholarship the students produced.  And perhaps what she found most impressive was how each of the students developed her work in new and distinctive ways–from explorations of how her philosophy provides a viable form of political resistance and the possibility for real change, and how it contributes to notions of freedom and individuality, to applications of her work in considerations of the phenomenon of bullying and the persistence of racial and gender discrimination.

All told, this was one of the most significant and exciting weeks for our department in recent memory.  The students’ successes from this class–first at the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy, and second with their direct engagement with Malabou herself–provides ample proof for us that this model of integrating undergraduate research into the humanities is a genuinely high impact learning experience.  We are committed to building on this success and believe that it provides our graduates with an unparalleled education in philosophy and religion.

Itinerary for Malabou Symposium

Malabou Symposium  We have the schedule of events set for the culmination of the yearlong Symposium on the Catherine Malabou.

Professor Malabou will be here at LVC meeting with students and faculty from April 9-11th.

There are three public events.

  1. Malabou’s public lecture on “What is a Psychic Event? Psychoanalysis and Neurology on Trauma.”  This will be held in Chapel 101 on Wednesday, April 10th at 4:30pm.
  2. The Undergraduate Research Symposium on the Work of Malabou:  This features the independent research projects of the eight students who from the yearlong course.  Professor Malabou will serve as the official respondent as each student presents his/her thesis on her work.  This will be held in the Bishop Library Atrium on Thursday, April 11th from 4:00-6:00pm.
  3. The reception in celebration of the students’ work and to meet and honor Professor Malabou will be immediately following the Research Symposium.  It will be held in the Lobby of the Neidig-Garber Science building from 6:30-8:00pm.

Becoming a Brain

An event has been planned at Union Theological Seminary in New York for the purpose of celebrating and discussing the publication of my book with Clayton Crockett. It will include me and Professor Crockett (obviously). Mark L. Taylor of Princeton Theological Seminary and Cornel West of Princeton University and also of Union Theological (see http://www.cornelwest.com/) will part of the program as well.

It should be very interesting and a lot of fun.

It is free and open to the public. But if you think you might attend, you will need to RSVP via http://www.utsnyc.edu/events-calendar?cid=52&ceid=2545&cerid=0&cdt=2%2F11%2F2013&erid=865461&trid=e6434ab7-dc40-4672-89ca-9756a0873097

Here is the official press release from Union Theological for the event:

In 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was scheduled to deliver his famous ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech at Union Theological Seminary. The speech connected racism, materialism, and militarism not only in the struggle for civil rights in the US, but also in the war in Vietnam. Due to tremendous public interest and Union’s limited ability to host large audiences, Dr. King’s appearance was moved to The Riverside Church.

In that same spirit of engaged social justice, Union will host Dr. Jeffrey Robbins and Dr. Clayton Crockett, two prolific scholars working out of the lineage of American radical theology. Both have argued for the need to critically interrogate the latent political quietism, if not conservatism, of that tradition. They have a shared interest in critically interrogating the intersection of religion and politics, as evidenced by their co-authored book Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In doing so, they have helped to focus contemporary theological discussions on the values implicit in money and the environmental, social, and political degradation associated with the apparent triumph of global capital. This radical political theology has emerged as an important new alternative for religious scholars and activists committed to issues of equality and social justice, and has an obvious connection to the voices of liberation theology.

Union’s Cornel West and Princeton Theological Seminary’s Mark Lewis Taylor will join the conversation.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. However, due to space limitations, there is no assigned or reserved seating. We strongly encourage attendees and their guests to arrive early so that we may manage our space more effectively. The doors will open 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Registration is required. RSVP online.

 

Symposium on Catherine Malabou

Here is the most recent story from the LVC homepage about some of the innovative courses we are offering in the department: http://www.lvc.edu/News/index.aspx?newsid=d36b4884-b41e-4f19-8e26-db94cff99843&HeadLine.

So far we have been extremely pleased with the class. It has been challenging and rigorous, but also very rewarding. Several students from the class are planning to present on their research at the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy in March. We are also planning to create a publication at the end of the course that contains all of the student papers.

Robert Shetterly: Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Departmental Lunch with Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 2012

It has been a stimulating week with the visiting Woodrow Wilson fellow Robert Shetterly on campus.  Shetterly has illustrated more than 30 books, as well as the Maine Times, Audubon Adventures, and a collection of his own drawing and etchings, “Speaking Fire at Stones.” He is also a painter, and his collection “Americans Who Tell the Truth” has been traveling around the United States for five years and features more than 120 portraits of courageous individuals–figures who model the values of engaged citizenship and have the courage to work for social justice.

Shetterly has given three public lectures as a part of the college colloquium on HAPPINESS.  He has also visited numerous classes and social and service clubs on campus.  Within our department, he visited my One Nation Under God? during which he gave a powerful testimonial to Native American views of religion and the connections not only between religion and politics, but more fundamentally, between religion and nature.  He also visited two sections of Dr. Valgenti’s Ethics classes, and two sections of Dr. Hubler’s Introduction to Philosophy classes.

This has been a tremendous opportunity for us not simply to hear from Shetterly and about his work, but also to talk with him, to have him hear about and comment on the work we are doing here at LVC, and about our own students’ views of happiness, service, and citizenship.  This was certainly what took place yesterday during our departmental lunch with Shetterly.  He sat down with students and faculty from the department and engaged us in a probing dialogue about the purposes of a liberal education, and the very real opportunities that we all have to put an education in Religion and/or Philosophy to use in order to make a difference in the world.