Penn State Reads to host philosophy lecture March 24

The Penn State Reads program will host "Speaking Truth: The Death of Socrates, The Life of Philosophy," a lecture by Christopher Long, associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education in The College of Liberal Arts and professor of philosophy and classics, on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m., in the Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.

Like many of the stories in Eyal Press' "Beautiful Souls," the story of philosophy begins with a powerful act of resistance. Socrates, under intense pressure from the Athenian citizens who accused him of impiety and corrupting the youth, refused to give up his way of life: the practice of philosophy. Instead, he advocated for and embodied a life oriented toward justice and dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

In this interactive lecture, Long will use Twitter to engage students in a conversation about Socrates, philosophy and how reading itself can cultivate in us ethical powers of imagination capable of transforming our relationships with one another. Students will be encouraged to enhance the discussion through Twitter using #PSUReads.

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Last Updated May 12, 2016