The Beacon Project announces a special colloquium series: April 17th and 18th

by on April 6, 2018

The Beacon Project announces an upcoming colloquium at Hanesbrand Theater in Winston-Salem, NC on Tuesday April 17th and Wednesday 18th, 2018. Registration is required (see link below). If you would like a copy of either of the author’s books, please stop by the Beacon Project Lab Room 419.

 

Speakers are:

Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, and Noam Chomsky, among many others. She is the author of “Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help.”

Deogratias Niyizonkiza, protagonist of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s bestselling book Strength in What Remains, Deogratias (“Deo”). Deo was a medical student in Burundi during the ethnic civil war between the Hutus and the Tutsis.

Larry Walker, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia. Dr. Walker’s program of research focuses on the psychology of moral development, particularly in terms of moral reasoning, personality, motivation, and identity.

Topic:

Do moral beacons enable people to work across differences that exist across different communities (as moral beacons such as Martin Luther King Jr. did), or does the current climate mean that our silo-ed communities are doomed to have their own moral beacons? Can “moral beacons” foster positive societal change? Does a lack of moral beacons in contemporary society indicate deeper problems in our community? We believe that the time is ripe for a discussion of the role “moral beacons” have in fostering community and dialogue across different communities, as well as their place in contemporary society.

Schedule:

Tuesday April 17

5:30 – 6pm Refreshments provided by Providence Restaurant and Catering

6pm – 6:10 Opening Remarks

6:10 – 6:50 Larry Walker, Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia, Moral Psychology Research Knowledge Expert

7:00 – 7:40 Deo Niyizonkiza, protagonist of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s bestselling book Strength in What Remains

7:40 – 8:00 Reception, books for sale by Bookmarks

Registration for Tuesday April 17

 

 

Wednesday April 18

5:30 – 6pm Refreshments provided by Providence Restaurant and Catering

6:00 – 6:05 Opening Remarks

6:05 – 7:00 Larissa MacFarquhar, the author of “Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help”

7:15 – 8:00 Panel Discussion with all speakers

8:00 – 8:30 Book Signing, books for sale by Bookmarks

Registration for Wednesday April 18

Event is sponsored by Wake Forest University, the Templeton Religion Trust, and the ReThinking Community Initiative.

Contact Kathleen Stimely, Beacon Project Program Manager at beacon@wfu.edu for more information.

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