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SVC Aurelius Scholars to Present Martin Luther King Discussion Jan. 19

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Posted: Thursday Jan 12, 2012

January 5, 2012

The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government’s Aurelius Scholars in Western Civilization Program will present an academic roundtable discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19 in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The roundtable, Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy, will include presentations by four members of the Saint Vincent College faculty: Dr. Michael P. Krom, assistant professor of philosophy; Dr. Timothy Kelly, professor of history; Dr. Thaddeus Coreno, associate professor of sociology; and Dr. Bradley C.S. Watson, Philip M. McKenna Chair of American and Western Political Thought and professor of politics.

“We join in honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but our main purpose, as the Aurelius Scholars who study an interdisciplinary core within the McKenna School, is to present professors from different disciplines to talk about texts and ideas we have in common,” explained Dr. Jason Jividen, assistant professor of politics at Saint Vincent College, and director of the Aurelius Scholars program. “This can be a very fruitful endeavor – it’s part of the mission of our program and the mission of the college as a liberal arts institution.”

“We have speakers representing the fields of history, philosophy, sociology and politics,” Dr. Jividen continued. “One impressive characteristic of Dr. King’s writings and speeches is that they bring all of those disciplines together.”

“The title presents many different angles by which we could approach the discussion,” Dr. Jividen noted. “These include the relationship between Dr. King’s thoughts and actions, social change in America, and issues in politics, philosophy, and theology such as law-abidingness, the tension between moral and positive law, and Dr. King’s thoughts on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the principles of the American Founding. Each of our presenters can speak to these topics.”

“We anticipate a casual, open discussion,” Dr. Jividen concluded. “Attendees may leave with as many new questions as they have answers but that is part of our intention to stimulate thinking on vital issues. It should be a great conversation and we look forward to welcoming Saint Vincent College students, faculty and staff, as well as persons from the area.”

Dr. Jividen, who also is a fellow in civic and constitutional affairs in the Center for Political and Economic Thought, will serve as moderator of the program. For further details, contact him at 724 805-2825 or jason.jividen@stvincent.edu.

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