William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Islam and the Challenge of E Pluribus Unum

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Monday, March 19, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Audience: UE Campus and Evansville Community

Presented by William Rory Dickson, PhD, University of Winnipeg.

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The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of many, One,” was the de facto American motto from 1782 until 1956. Rooted in ancient Greek philosophy, the motto is based upon the Pythagorean ideal of friendship, wherein the love of the other unifies the friends as one. The motto’s profound social meaning is the possibility of a genuine unity forged across the borders of identity. Many observers would argue that drawing together peoples of diverse religious, cultural, racial, economic, and ideological identities into a common solidarity, remains the great challenge of America, one felt perhaps more acutely in recent years. It is of course a pressing global issue as well. This talk is premised on the question, what might Islam have to contribute to this perpetual and timely challenge? How might Islam’s rich intellectual tradition provide us with conceptual tools to navigate the contemporary social issue of making one out of many?

This event was free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa Kretz, Director of the Ethics Program.

William R. (Dick) Connolly, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Evansville.

Dick Connolly retired in 2013 after 42 years at the University of Evansville where he was a popular professor and much sought after speaker. In honor of his dedication to the Ethics Program and his years of service, this lecture series is now named in his honor.

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