Lecture by Professor Renée Hill: "Blind Cave Worms and the Meaning of Life"

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Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Smith-Buonanno, Room 201

The philosopher Richard Taylor tackles the topic of the meaning of life by telling a story of blind worms living out their transitory lives "lying there in barren stillness" in a dark cave. The assumption is, of course, that their existences are meaningless and take to a whole new depth our understanding of lives that are “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” This talk will examine, in our fun, upbeat, philosophical way, what it is that makes a life meaningful and whether or not the question itself is pointless.
Renée A. Hill is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in Political Philosophy at Virginia State University. Currently she is Interim Department Chair for the Department of History and Philosophy and Coordinator of the Oasis, the Mindfulness/Meditation Center on VSU’s campus. For twelve years she was Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Race Relations, and continues to teach, research, lecture, and implement programs in the areas of social justice and contemplative practices. She advises BASYC, the LGBTQ student advocacy organization on campus and is on the board of the Southern Initiative Algebra Project. She has studied at the Intercultural Communications Institute and the U.S. Holocaust and Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and was awarded a fellowship for the teaching of contemplative practices by the American Council of Learned Societies.