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Symposium to examine legacy of Albert Schweitzer

September 10, 2009

Wake Forest University will host a symposium, “Revisiting the Legacy of Albert Schweitzer:  Reverence for Life in a Global Context,” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in Wait Chapel. 

The event, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the School of Divinity is free and open to the public.

Predrag Cicovacki, professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and an internationally known authority on Schweitzer’s life and thought, will deliver the keynote address, “Teaching Reverence for Life.”  Cicovacki’s most recent books include “Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook,” and “Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life.” 

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a theologian, philosopher, musician, physician and missionary whose work shaped multiple disciplines throughout the 20th century.  His ethic of “Reverence for Life” is an important theme for approaching his significant contribution to multiple disciplines.

After his address, Cicovacki will participate in a panel discussion with Wake Forest faculty members Simeon Ilesanmi, Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion; Christian Miller, Zachary T. Smith Faculty Fellow and associate professor of philosophy; Kevin Jung, assistant professor of Christian ethics in the School of Divinity; and Nancy King, professor of social science and health policy at the School of Medicine and co-director of Wake Forest’s Center for Bioethics, Health and Society.

A reception will follow the symposium in Reynolda Hall’s first-floor main lounge.

For more information, call (336) 758-5359 or 758-5121.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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