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Rempel Receives 2009 Humanities Teacher Award, Presenting Lecture Nov. 30 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, November 23, 2009
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   
HATTIESBURG, Miss.University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of philosophy Morgan Rempel has been selected for a 2009 Humanities Teacher award by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

A humanities professor at each institution in the state receives this honor annually as part of Arts and Humanities Month, sponsored by the MHC. In conjunction with this award, Rempel will give a public lecture on the concept of death Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

In his lecture titled, “Timing is Everything: Life’s Grand Finale,” Rempel will analyze reflections of great philosophers such as Charles Krauthammer and Friedrich Nietzsche on the concept of achieving a “good death.”

“I’ll explore what these thinkers have to say about potential obstacles to achieving a successful ‘grand finale’ in life, and devote particular attention to their observations concerning the important role of timing to both good and bad deaths,” said Rempel.

Rempel specializes in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, the philosophy of religion, psychoanalytic theory and the history of philosophy. His scholarly publications include numerous articles on Freud, Nietzsche and the philosophy of religion. He also wrote the book, “Nietzsche, Psychohistory and the Birth of Christianity,” which examines the philosopher’s unorthodox philosophy of religion, reflections on Jesus, Paul and the first Christians.

Rempel currently teaches two sections of Philosophy 171: Ethics and Good Living and one section of Philosophy 450/550: Existentialism.

“We’re pleased that Dr. Rempel is presenting this year’s Mississippi Humanities Lecture,” said David Holley, chair and professor for the department of philosophy and religion. “He is a favorite with students. It’s not uncommon to hear about how a student came into one of his classes expecting to be bored by philosophy, but was stimulated enough to decide to major in the subject. He draws students into discussing great thinkers and makes the ideas of these thinkers seem relevant.”

Caitlin Bach, a senior philosophy and psychology double major from Mobile, Ala. is one those students inspired by Rempel to study philosophy while taking his Philosophy 131 class. “It was something I’d never really learned about before and he made it understandable and really interesting,” she said.

For more information on Rempel’s lecture, contact the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 601.266.4518; to learn more about the Department of Philosophy at Southern Miss, online visit

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