On Tuesday, March 29th, Huron University College hosted a debate between two professor-student teams looking at the pros and cons of censorship and the limits of free speech.
The participants debated: “Be it resolved: The CRTC ought to have censored the Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing” for its use of homophobic language.” The Pro side featured Philosophy professor Dr. David Counter and Dan Moulton, while the Con side comprised of English faculty member Dr. Peter Hyland with Andrew Pel.
1st year Huron student and event co-organizer Dylan Crimmins observed that “A liberal arts college like Huron is a great environment to have this sort of event. The debate itself raises great questions concerning censorship, free speech, and freedom of expression.”
Huron University College hosted the fourth annual Derry Interdisciplinary Lecture on Monday, October 24th. Dr. Ian Hacking spoke on "The New Me: What Biotechnology may do to Personal Identity." This video is an edited version of Dr. Hacking's lecture.A Companion of the Order of Canada, Dr. Hacking has written several books and numerous essays and been the recipient of several awards, including the SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research (2008) and the Holberg International Prize (2009), awarded annually in Norway for “outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.” In addition, he is an honorary fellow of two Cambridge Colleges, Trinity and Peterhouse.
Huron University College held its third annual Douglas and Margaret Derry Interdisciplinary Lecture on Monday, October 18th, 2010 with Dr. Michael Ruse speaking on the topic, “Why can’t the Americans be like the Canadians – an affectionate comparison between the United States and Canada on the subject of religion.”
Dr. Ruse compared how views differ between Canada and the U.S. on the subject of religion, especially evangelical religion denying evolutionary theory.
Dr. Michael Ruse is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University specializing in the philosophy of biology (especially Darwinism), ethics, and the history and philosophy of science. Prior to his appointment in Florida, Ruse taught at the University of Guelph for 35 years.
On October 19th, 2009 Dr. Harriet Ritvo, professor of History at MIT, was the guest lecturer for the Douglas and Margaret Derry Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, speaking on the topic "The Animals' Turn? New Approaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences."
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, "Disciplining 'Good Intentions': An Islamic Response to 'Pathological Altruism'," March 22, 2012, details here.
Dr. Rowan Strong, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Murdoch University, Australia
“The Eighteenth-Century Anglican Missions in North America and Their Implications for a 'Missional' Church”
November 3, 2010
The lecture discusses the pointers contemporary Anglicanism might draw from the history of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts’ missions to colonists, Indians, and Black slaves prior to the American Revolution.
Read the lecture here.
Dr. Jenny Te Paa, Principal, College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand.
“There shall be Showers of Blessing, This is the Promise of Love.”
April 14, 2010
An exploration of the radical and deeply loving possibilities yet able to be realized were we to live with courageous imagination, with humility, and with faith- filled integrity into the literal promises of the beautiful old hymn.
Read the lecture here.
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