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Philosophy and Religion Forum Series Set for Spring 2020

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:45am | By: David Tisdale

Implicit racial bias and the cultural impacts of death are among the topics to be covered in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) spring 2020 Philosophy and Religion Forum series, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus. The three programs in the lineup are free and open to the public.

Supported in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the USM Philosophy and Religion Forum is a dynamic lecture series where people gather to hear the wisdom of leading scholars on a variety of philosophical and religion topics. The series includes the following presentations and their presenters, all to be held at Gonzales Auditorium (Room 108) in the Liberal Arts Building:

*Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. – “White Privilege: Unconscious Racism, Freud, and the Neuroscience of Implicit Bias,” Dr. Kristen Brown Golden, association professor of philosophy, Millsaps College.

*Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. – “The Worm at the Core: The Role of Death in Life,” Dr. Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, Skidmore College.

*Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. – “The Classification Matters, or Why You Should Care About Scholarship on the Category of Religion,” Dr. Russell McCutcheon, university research professor of religious studies, University of Alabama.

“I'm excited about the speakers we've invited to campus for the spring 2020 Philosophy and Religion Forum. Representing the fields of philosophy, psychology, and religious studies, these speakers will give presentations on important topics that we hope increase awareness of and deepen conversations about these issues across campus and in the Hattiesburg area.”

For  information about the USM Philosophy Program, which is housed in the USM College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Humanities, visit