'The Unknowability of God' with Dr. Denys Turner

2011-04-16 by News, Sports, and Art

The philosophy department will host its 6th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference April 8-9. This year, the conference theme is the philosophy of religion.

The conference will begin with a keynote address by Professor of Religion at the Yale Divinity School, Dr. Denys Turner, on Friday, April 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307. Turner’s talk, “The Unknowability of God,” will challenge both atheists and theists to confront the certainty of their claims that God either does or does not exist. Instead of relying on certainty, Turner will encourage us to embrace the child-like wonder in asking questions about God from a different perspective. Turner’s talk will be followed by discussion with the audience.

This podcast was recorded on April 8, 2011.

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2011 PreMed Summit Keynote 'A Young Person's Guide to the History of Medicine'

2011-04-05 by

The 6th Annual Alaska PreMed Summit took place throughout the state on Saturday, March 19. At UAA, the event was at Rasmuson Hall and featured workshops related to pursuing a career in medicine.

Angel Roman-Franco, MD, delivered the keynote.

This podcast was recorded on March 19, 2011.

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Should political speech like 'God Hates Fags' and 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers' be protected?

2011-04-05 by

On March 24, the Irish national team challenged the Seawolf Debate program in an exhibition debate in Fine Arts, Room 150. The two teams faced off over a discussion of whether the Westboro Baptist Church’s message is worthy of the protection afforded to political speech.

In recent months, the church in Topeka, Kansas, has received significant press over its stance on homosexuality. They have received notoriety for their public protests and picketing of funerals, such as in Arizona where they rallied with signs saying, “Thank God for the shooter—6 dead!” They have also carried signs proclaiming “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates Fags.”

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that the First Amendment protects the church’s protests of military funerals. Join the Irish national and Seawolf Debate teams as they explore this controversial topic.

This podcast was recorded on March 24, 2011.

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UA Employee Health Benefits forum

2011-04-05 by

Mike Humphrey of the University of Alaska Statewide Human Resources office discusses UA employee health care benefit changes.

This podcast was recorded on April 4, 2011.

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James Pepper Henry presents this year's Juried Student Art Exhibition Lecture

2011-04-05 by

James Pepper Henry is the director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and former associate director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington D.C.

This podcast was recorded on March 29, 2011.

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