Al Stone fall lecture series features Abegg’s ‘Public Reason’

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 10:01 PM

The Fall 2015 Al Stone Lecture Series is set to begin Thursday Sept. 10 with Dr. Edmund Abegg and “Public Reason and the Enlightenment: Common Ground or Assault on Religion?” The presentation will be drawn from Abegg’s recent book, “Engaging The World: A Philosopher’s Essays on Morality and Religion.”

This season’s series is every Thursday, from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the basement floor of the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Lectures are given by retired and active faculty member, as well as expert individuals.

According to Edinboro’s website, the following lectures are as follows: On Sept. 17, Dr. Jim LoPresto will offer “Stellar Evolution of Low and High Mass Stars.” LoPresto is a retired professor of physics/astronomy at Edinboro University and is the author of numerous scientific publications and a popular lecturer for scientific institutes throughout the country.

On Sept. 24, Dr. Richard McCarty, associate professor of religious studies at Mercyhurst University, will present “Under the Bed of Heaven: Eschatology and Christian Sexual Ethics.” McCarty is the author of “Sexual Virtue: An Approach to Contemporary Christian Ethics.”

Robert Rhodes, EU professor emeritus of political science, will present “Beyond Polarization: Cleavages and Cross Party Support in the Future of American Politics,” on Oct. 1.

Deborah DuBartelle will discuss “AngloSaxon Religious Writings,” on Oct. 8. DuBartelle is a scholar of linguistics and one of very few individuals in the world who speaks Anglo-Saxon.

On Oct. 22, retired EU coach Doug Watts will offer “Athletics in an Educational Environment,” an introspective and entertaining look back at Watts’ 49 years in education. Watts will illustrate the close link between athletics and education in the success achieved by the cross country and track men and women athletes that he coached.

The lecture series is named after Dr. Al Stone, a professor of psychology and gerontology, who was the creator of an intergenerational center at Edinboro University more than 30 years ago.

“Dr. Stone wanted to have a place and time where young and old would come together to learn from each other,” said series organizer, Dr. Robert Rhodes to the university. “The intergenerational center was the fulfillment of that vision and continues today.”

In the months leading up to his death, the intergenerational center and the lecture series were named in his honor to commemorate a lecture series Stone held in which he asked retired professors to give their “last great lecture,” as stated on the website.

The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at the Reeder Hall parking lot behind the Diebold Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Karlee Dies is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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