Brad Elliot Stone to Present Two Smith-Willson Lectures at Southwestern College

Dr. Brad Elliott StoneBrad Elliot Stone, professor of philosophy and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker for Southwestern College’s 2017 Smith-Willson lecture.  Stone will present two lectures, one Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., and the other Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Wroten Hall.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The title of the Oct. 5 lecture is “Is God Not Black? Racism and Theology.”  The title of Stone’s Oct. 10 lecture Oct. 10 is “The Opposition to Oppression Is Prophecy.”

With Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Stone co-edited a collection of essays under the title “Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Cascade, 2012), and they co-edited a sequel volume titled “Rorty and the Prophetic: Jewish Engagements with a Secular Philosopher" (Lexington, 2018).

Stone has published journal articles in “Philosophical Compass,” “The Pluralist,” “Theoforum, Contemporary Pragmatism,” “The Other Journal,” “The Xavier Zubiri Review,” and “Foucault Studies.” He has book chapters in “The Blackwell Companion to Foucault,” “Foucault: Key Concepts,” and “Essays zur Jacques Derrida und Gianni Vattimo, Religion.” He plans to spend part of his sabbatical in Winfield this fall with the intention of completing two book projects: “Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism” (co-authored with Goodson) and a book on the Four Ds of 20th Century Philosophy: Destruction, Deconstruction, Demythologization, and Demystification.

The Smith-Willson lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson to call attention to the important moral and religious aspects of education.  National leaders on various related topics are asked to speak at the annual lecture.

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