Baylor Honors College Presents Inaugural Drumwright Family Lecture

Sept. 28, 2010

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Dr. David Solomon, an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the inaugural Drumwright Family Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Alexander Reading Room on the Baylor University campus.

The lecture, hosted by the Baylor Honors College, is entitled "The Lure of the Secular."

"David Solomon will argue 'that the main driving forces in modern secularization are moral ideals, rather than cognitive ones,'" said Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College.

Following the lecture, High Tea will be held on the lawn of Baylor's Armstrong Browning Library.

Solomon received his bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1964 and his doctoral degree from the University of Texas in 1972. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 1968 and has held research fellowships at Oxford University (1972-73, 1982-83, 1988-89), Boston University (1975-77) and Baylor (1994-95).

His areas of interest include ethical theory and medical ethics, and he is the coauthor of "Abortion and Public Policy," a study of the public policy implications of the Roe v. Wade decision, and "The Synoptic Vision," a study of the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars.

Solomon has lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. He is currently director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture which he founded in 1998.

The Drumwright Family Lecture was established by Minette Drumwright Pratt in honor of the Drumwright family.

"Minette Drumwright Pratt has been a strong supporter of the Honors College since its inception eight years ago," Hibbs said. "She sits on the Honors College Advisory Council and wanted to find a way to support our work in the Honors College, particularly our work of bringing prestigious lecturers to campus to interact with our undergraduates."

After earning her bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1951, Pratt attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She was married to the late Huber L. Drumwright Jr., for 30 years. In 2003, she married Dr. William Pratt, a retired psychologist.

Pratt is the author of two books, including "When My Faith Feels Shallow: Pursuing the Depths of God." She travels extensively and leads conferences and seminars.

Since 1909, 31 members of the Drumwright family have attended Baylor, earning 28 degrees.

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by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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