Lecture Series starts at Cary Library

12 years ago

    Officials with UNE’s Center for Global Humanities have announced speakers for the 2012-13 year, its fourth year of programming. The Center is a public forum designed to introduce students and members of the public to the exploration of the great issues facing humanity today in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, and also through an agreement with Euro-Arab Foundation Institute.
    Cary Library will host the streamed lecture and discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 24. Cary Library will offer pre- and post-lecture discussion around the lecture, focusing on Michael F. Berube’s book, “Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child.” Drawing on his work in disability studies and his experience as a father of a child with Down syndrome, Berube will argue that an understanding of disability and human variation is critical not only for the humanities, but also for the life sciences and “applied” fields such as bioethics.
    Taking on the work of philosophers such as Michael Sandel, Julian Glover, Eva Kittay, Martha Nussbaum, Jeff McMahan and Peter Singer, he will show that intellectual disability should be of crucial importance to intellectuals — and that our major intellectual traditions have largely failed to meet that challenge.
    The facilitator will be Kathy Olmstead, editor and publisher of “Echoes,” a quarterly magazine about rural culture. She also writes a biweekly column for Bangor Daily News. She will lead a short discussion before the lecture. Afterwards, there will be a time to discuss questions and observations.