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Depiction of pregnancy in film topic of lecture

Oct. 31, 2012—Kelly Oliver, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, will discuss her book Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Buttrick Hall, Room 123. The image of a heavily pregnant woman, once considered ugly and indecent, is now common to Hollywood film. No longer...

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Focus on the future topic of post-election (Lunch) Box talk

Oct. 30, 2012—Michael Bess and Mike Vandenbergh, two Vanderbilt University professors, and Samar Ali, a Vanderbilt alumna who works in the Haslam administration, will address “Visions of the Future” Nov. 7 at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.

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Fall (Lunch) Box series opens with wrongful conviction story

Aug. 28, 2012—Ndume Olatushani and Anne-Marie Moyes will discuss “Coming Back to Life: One Man’s Story of Wrongful Conviction” when Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a Philosophical Flavor with David Wood resumes Sept. 5.

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Vanderbilt honors top graduates during Commencement

May. 11, 2012—Top scholars from Vanderbilt University’s undergraduate and professional schools are being honored with Founder’s Medals during Commencement on Friday, May 11.

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Marilyn Friedman: “Can Bad People Live Well?”

Mar. 23, 2012—Watch video of Vanderbilt University Marilyn Friedman presenting “Can Bad People Live Well?” on March 22. Her presentation was part of The Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy series of talks that aims to make philosophy accessible and relevant for the public. “The Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy provide a wonderful opportunity to reach a broader audience beyond our students...

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Jeffrey Tlumak: “Do We Have Free Will? Why Does It Matter?”

Mar. 19, 2012—Watch video of the most recent presentation in the Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy that took place on March 15 with Jeffrey Tlumak, associate professor of philosophy. He discussed “Do We Have Free Will? Why Does It Matter?” “The Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy provide a wonderful opportunity to reach a broader audience beyond our students and...

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Oliver to give Frist gallery talk March 17

Mar. 8, 2012—Vanderbilt philosophy professor Kelly Oliver will give a gallery talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Oliver will discuss “Ambivalence Toward Animals and the Moral Community” in response to the Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination exhibition currently on display. The talk is free with purchase...

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Robert Talisse: “Must Life be Tragic?”

Mar. 2, 2012—Watch video of the most recent presentation in the Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy that took place on March 1 with Robert Talisse, professor and chair of philosophy. He discussed “Must Life Be Tragic?” “The Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy provide a wonderful opportunity to reach a broader audience beyond our students and academic colleagues,” said Talisse....

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Zombie images focus of March (Lunch) Box lecture March 7

Mar. 1, 2012—James McFarland, assistant professor of German and film, will speak on the historical beginnings of the zombie image and the reasons why it remains pervasive today in literature, film and other areas of current culture. His talk is titled “Profane Apocalypse: The Zombie Image as a Historical Symptom.”

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Listen: Philosophy talks continue with Robert Talisse

Feb. 28, 2012—  A new series of talks – the Berry Lectures in Public Philosophy – continues March 1 with Robert Talisse, professor and chair of philosophy. He will discuss “Must Life Be Tragic?” Video of Talisse’s lecture is scheduled to be posted afterward at news.vanderbilt.edu. In addition, Jeffrey Tlumark will address “Do We Have Free Will?...

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John Lachs: “Why Is Good Enough Not Good Enough for Us?”

Feb. 28, 2012—Watch video of Vanderbilt University Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs on Feb. 23 kick-off a new series of talks that aims to make philosophy accessible and relevant for the public. Lachs discussed “Why Is Good Enough Not Good Enough for Us?”, which addressed the human drive for perfection. “It is distressing to see that people are...

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Vanderbilt philosophy department launches new lecture series

Feb. 14, 2012—Vanderbilt University Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs is the lead-off speaker Feb. 23 for a new series of talks that aims to make philosophy accessible and relevant for the public.

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