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Catchart & Klein Philosophize Through Jokes in Recent Chautauqua Lecture

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Photos courtesy of Minh Nguyen. Story below from the Eastern Progress:

Chautauqua brings audience to laughter
October 10, 2013 |


Chautauqua Lecture Explores "The Beauty of Philosophy Through Jokes"

RICHMOND, Ky. – “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.”

It’s the playfully provocative title of a New York Times bestselling book by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, who will speak at Eastern Kentucky University Thursday, Oct. 3, as a part of the institution’s year-long Chautauqua series.

Dr. Austin's Book Receives Prize from The Character Project

Mike Austin

Michael Austin, Professor of Philosophy in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, has won a prize from The Character Project for a book he co-edited with Doug Geivett, Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans, 2012):

Dr. Pianalto Receives CAS Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award

Matthew Pianalto

Dr. Matthew Pianalto, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, is the 2012-13 recipient of the EKU College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, in the area of Arts & Humanities. Annual awards are also given to faculty in the areas of social & behavioral sciences and natural & mathematical sciences.

EKU Ties for 4th Place at the Central States Regional Ethics Bowl

EKU Ethics Bowl Team

Eastern Kentucky University tied for 4th place among the thirteen schools that competed at the 14th Annual Central States Regional Ethics Bowl at Marian University on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Included among the schools that EKU outscored were Indiana University, Xavier University, The College of Mount St. Joseph, and Wright State University.

Dr. Velez's Forthcoming Book: The Buddha and Religious Diversity

Abraham Velez

The Buddha and Religious Diversity, by Dr. J. Abraham Velez de Cea, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, will be published by Routledge this December. The book is part of the Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy series.

Dr. Mike Austin Receives Major Grant from The Character Project

Mike Austin

Professor Mike Austin, in the Philosophy and Religion Department, has received a grant from The Character Project at Wake Forest University, sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Department to Host Oxford Style Debate on Disclosure of Government Information

Picture of "Top Secret" Stamp

The department of Philosophy & Religion will be holding an Oxford Style Debate this spring in conjunction with the 2012 EKU First Amendment Celebration. The topic of the debate is the unauthorized disclosure of classified government information via the internet, e.g., WikiLeaks. The debate participants are:

Dr. Pianalto's Essay on Courage Wins International Competition

Matthew Pianalto

Matthew Pianalto, an assistant professor in the EKU Department of Philosophy & Religion, has authored the winning entry in the Robert Papazian Annual Essay Prize on Themes from Ethics and Political Philosophy. The prize (€1500) is established in memory of a young man executed for his ideas and political ideals.

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