Pruit Symposium To Focus On Ethics And Education

Oct. 27, 2003

Renowned scholars in ethics and education will gather on the Baylor University campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, to participate in the Pruit Memorial Symposium. The annual event will focus on "The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education" and will explore questions about the nature of and need for moral direction within the context of American higher education.

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, The Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University, will deliver the keynote address, "Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana: Schooling the Heart in the Heart of Texas," at 8 p.m. Thursday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center. A complete schedule of events can be found HERE.

Hauerwas received his bachelor's degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown and his master's degree and doctorate from Yale University. He also earned a doctor of divinity from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to his appointment at Duke, Hauerwas taught Christian ethics at Notre Dame University for more than 12 years.

Described by "Time" magazine as "America's Best Theologian" and "contemporary theology's foremost intellectual provocateur" and recognized for his books and essays, Hauerwas frequently takes a controversial stand on topics such as the morality of the Gulf War, theological politics and God and medicine. He is best known for his works "The Peaceable Kingdom," "A Community of Character" and "Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony."

Plenary speakers will include Baylor Provost David L. Jeffrey; Dr. Warren Nord, director of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values at the University of North Carolina; Father Joseph O'Hare, former president of Fordham University; Dr. Julie Rueben, professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Dr. David Solomon, associate professor of philosophy and The W.P and H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Additionally, more than 50 other seminar speakers from universities across the nation will lead sessions on such topics as "Teaching Ethics Ethically," "Redeemable Art? Reclaiming a Moral Vision in Fiction, Images and Film," "The Tasks and Challenges for Faculty" and "Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts," among others.

The Pruit Memorial Symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning and was created with support from Mr. and Mrs. Lev H. Prichard of Corpus Christi and his mother, the late Mrs. Helen Pruit Matthews. Plenary sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the keynote banquet and other sessions.

For more information, call the Institute for Faith and Learning at (254) 710-4805.

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