Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series - Spring 2016
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Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series - Spring 2016

The Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of faculty members at Saint Paul College. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest, and allows faculty to support the College by sharing their experiences with students through these insightful campus lectures that convey their passion for education and research.

Each presentation is free and open to the public. The Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series continues as we present the following exciting sessions during Spring Semester:

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Lecture:    Confronting one's personal aging process leads to better care for the elderly
Faculty:     Susan Siegfried, MA, PsyD, Psychology Instructor
Date:         Wednesday, February 10, 2016; 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:   Room 4310 - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff 


One  of the newer theories regarding the care of the elder is that caregivers must understand and befriend their own aging rather than recoil from it. This presentation gives a step-by-step process for that to happen, as well as discussing the human development process of aging. It also covers the biological changes in aging, needs of the aging in each developmental stage and an understanding of how one approach to the earlier developmental stage of life effects the aging stages and the individual's view of death.

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Lecture:     Racial Categories: What are they, and what should we do with them? 
Faculty:      Jason Swartwood, PhD, Philosophy Instructor
Date:          Wednesday, March 2, 2016; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:    Room 4310 - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff

Achieving racial equity and fighting racial injustice are obviously important goals, both for our society at large and for Saint Paul College. Racial justice advocates sometimes seek to achieve their goal by, among other things, debunking what they view as antiquated or inaccurate views of the nature of race. Sometimes, the suggestion is that by acknowledging that racial categories are social constructions (categories that we have in some sense invented) rather than natural kinds (categories that identify genuine biological categories or actual features of the world) we can counteract some of the oppressive and pernicious ways racial categories are used in our society.

But what, exactly, does it mean to say racial categories are social constructions or natural kinds, and are those the only options? To achieve racial justice, should we aim to get rid of racial categories, keep them, or mold them for our purposes? Philosophers have done much to clarify these questions, and my goal is to start a conversation by sharing my understanding of the questions and the possible answers.