Philosophy Department Presents Annual Blanchard W. Means Memorial Lecture

Emory Professor John Lysaker Speaks March 31 on “Emerson, Race, and the Conduct of Life”

What: The Trinity College Philosophy Department presents the annual Blanchard W. Means Memorial Lecture: “Emerson, Race and the Conduct of Life.” This year’s speaker is Emory University Philosophy Professor John Lysaker.

The event is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: McCook Auditorium on the Trinity College campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Background: John Lysaker is a professor of philosophy at Emory University. His work concerns the nature of the self, with a particular eye on the conditions under which humans do and do not flourish. This has led him to consider the importance of poetry for life, the nature of mental illness, schizophrenia in particular, the importance of friendship for human growth and happiness, and the ways in which various institutions (e.g., government, markets, professions) enable or undermine human well-being. Previously, Lysaker taught philosophy and comparative literature at the University of Oregon, from 1996 to 2009. Raised in New Jersey, he attended Kenyon College and did his graduate work at Vanderbilt University.

The Blanchard William Means Memorial Lecture is an annual endowed lecture established through a gift by Mrs. Blanchard W. Means of Hartford in memory of her husband, William Means, who was Brownell Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College from 1932 to 1972.

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