Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Whitworth students lead new lecture series


Sam Director, '15
For 57 years, Whitworth has hosted the Great Decisions Lecture Series, and the Student Symposium Lecture Series will follow the Great Decisions format with one major difference: Students will be conducting the lectures.

The first lecture will be given by philosophy major Sam Director, ’15, on “A Libertarian Critique of Stand-Your-Ground Laws,” at 7 p.m., on Sept. 25 in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall.

“Any student who has done upper-division research, written an argumentative paper, or is simply passionate about a certain issue can now submit this research and apply to be one of the five sponsored symposium student speakers,” says Director.

Selected students will work under the supervision of the symposium board ( four faculty members and four students, including Director) to draft and revise their papers. Following the revising process, students will present their research on one of the five dates for the year.

Founded last April, the Whitworth Student Symposium is a student and faculty coalition, which devotes itself to enhancing the quality of intellectual discourse and culture in the Whitworth community. In addition to the lecture series, the symposium  will continue to formulate practical ideas  about implementing their mission.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.