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FSU’s Philosophical Forum Presents
09/22/2011

The Frostburg State University Philosophy Department will hold its fall 2011 Philosophical Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Lane University Center Room 232 (Atkinson Room). The Forum Lecture is titled “The Philosopher and the Guitar: Music, Freedom and Human Rights” and will feature Dr. Austin Dacey, philosopher, author and human rights advocate. The presentation, accompanied by a musical performance, will be followed by a free-ranging discussion between Dacey, the musicians and the audience.

Dacey is a philosopher and the author of “The Secular Conscience.” In 2010 he created “The Impossible Music Sessions,” a concert series in New York City featuring various artists. His work has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and the BBC World Service. Dacey blogs at “The Ethical Ear.”

This presentation reflects on the views of Plato, Xunzi, St. Augustine, Ibn Taymiyya and Schopenhauer in connection with the lives of musicians pursuing their art under authoritarian regimes such as the Islamic Republic of Iran. It will be followed by a special appearance by “The Casualty Process,” an electronic rock duo from the Tehran underground.

The lecture, music and discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jean-Marie Makang, chair of the Philosophy Department at 301- 687-3089 or at jmakang@frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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