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Wide-ranging lectures set for November

An impressive roster of lectures and events, covering topics ranging from religion to politics to bioethics, is set for November on campus.

Among the highlights are:

• A talk by Dr. Neil Schmid, a specialist in Chinese religion and Buddhist literature from North Carolina State University, titled “Journey to the West: The Silk Road Adventures of 19th Century Scholar-Explorers and their ‘Objets trouves’” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Room 480, Maginnes Hall. Schmid’s talk will focus on scholar-explorers who took to the Silk Road sponsored by governments to participate in what historians refer to as the Great Game: the struggle for control over transcontinental routes from Europe to the Far East. His talk is sponsored by the religion studies department and the Asian Studies program. For more information, call (610) 758-3353.

• A talk by Glenn McGee, the John Balint Chair in Medical Ethics and professor of medicine at the Albany Medical College, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in Perella Auditorium. McGee’s focus is on ethical, legal and social issues in clinical medicine and biomedical science, and his task has been to show the connections between moral lives, medicine and the biomedical sciences. His books include The Perfect Baby: A Pragmatic Approach to Genetics, Beyond Genetics, Who Owns Life?, Pragmatic Bioethics: A New Theory on Bioethics, and The Human Cloning Debate. For more information on McGee’s talk, which is part of the Chaotic Lecture Series organized by the Office of Graduate Student Life, call (610) 758-4722.

• A talk by Sally Hanley, a Lehigh Ph.D. graduate who produced and directed the documentary film The Green Bus vs. the White House, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Sinclair Auditorium. The talk and showing of the documentary are co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Society Program and the history and political science departments. The documentary focuses on the last three weeks of the 2002 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota that helped determine the balance in the Senate. That highly contested race pitted incumbent Democrat Paul Wellstone against Republican Norm Coleman, who was handpicked by the White House to unseat Wellstone. Wellstone, his wife, daughter, and three staffers perished in a plane crash a week before the election. For more information, call (610) 758-3350.

• A talk by Dr. Robert Segal, professor of theories of religion at the University of Lancaster, UK, titled “Hollywood Stars as Gods: Myth in the Contemporary World,” at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in Room 480, Maginnes Hall. Segal, considered to be one of the world’s leading critical commentators on theoretical approaches to the meaning and study of religions, will examine the elevation of Hollywood stars to the equivalent of gods, and the devotion to them as the equivalent of worship. The talk is sponsored by the religion studies department and the Humanities Center. For more information, call (610) 758-3353.

• A talk by Dr. Ebrahim E. I. Moosa, associate professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, on “Re-imagining Muslim Ethics: Ghazali’s Relevance for the Contemporary World,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in Neville Hall 2. Moosa’s talk will reflect on the life and legacy of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, a man recognized in the Muslim world as an intellectual giant, and will illuminate some of the key ethical issues facing contemporary Muslims in the 21st century. The talk is sponsored by the Ibn Sina Society Arabic Lecture Series. For more information, call (610) 758-3353.

--Linda Harbrecht

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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