UNI to host speakers for Philosophy and World Religions Hearst Lecture Series

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host five speakers for the Philosophy and World Religions Hearst Lecture Series throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

The first lecture will feature Winnifred Sullivan, professor of religion and affiliate professor of law at Indiana University, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137. Sullivan's lecture, "Death—Qualifying the Jury, Constituting the People," will describe the jury's distinctive role in the administration of the death penalty in the U.S. She will consider the effect of efforts by U.S. courts to secularize and rationalize the process by banning both the Bible and biblical words from the death penalty trial and insisting on an entirely individualized decision by each juror.

2017-18 Philosophy and World Religions Hearst Lecture Series: 

- Derrick Darby, "Expelling Injustice From Iowa Schools," 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16

- Laura Nasrallah, "The Significance of Monuments: Paul's Letter to the Romans, Augustus's Obelisks, Mussolini's Archeology and #tearthemdown," 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2

- Lisa Guenther, "Unmaking and Remaking the World in Long-Term Solitary Confinement," 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1

- Linda Alcoff, "Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance," 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22

These events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Hearst Lecture Series and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions.

For more information, contact Jerry Soneson, head of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, at 319-273-6221 or jerome.soneson@uni.edu.

Contact: 

Jerry Soneson, department head, Department of Philosophy and World Religions, 319-273-6221, jerome.soneson@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu