Fall Lyceum to feature philosopher on Plato, Atlantis and virtue
7:57:33 AM CDT - Friday, September 24, 2004
By Amy Geiszler-Jones
Julia Annas, an expert on ancient Greek philosophers, will be the third scholar to visit WSU as part of the Wichita Lyceum, Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series.
As part of her visit Oct. 31-Nov. 4, Annas, Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, will give a public lecture about Plato and the lost continent of Atlantis.
"Few people realize that Plato is our sole original source for the story" of Atlantis, Annas says. "The Atlantis story, of an ancient civilization now lost under the sea, continues to be a recurring topic in popular culture and to fascinate people, both as a source of fantasy fiction and as a supposed source for history, with expeditions continuing to search the ocean floor." The fact that Plato recounted the story raises some interesting questions, says Annas. Plato used the story to articulate his worries about his society, she says.
Her public lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
While on campus, Annas will also lead a colloquium on being virtuous and doing the right thing from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in a 201 Ahlberg Hall. She'll give a workshop for faculty and students on virtue ethics and social psychology from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Rhatigan Student Center ballroom. Annas will meet with a number of selected classes.
Annas, whose career started at Oxford University, is the author or editor of 11 books and more than 125 scholarly articles and book reviews. She is the founder and former editor of the annual journal Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, which is considered the most distinguished journal in its field, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Visiting Lyceum scholars are selected by the faculty through an ongoing nomination process; Annas was nominated by Daniel Russell, assistant professor in philosophy.
The late Vice President for Academic Affairs and Reseach Robert Kindrick founded the Wichita Lyceum, which he believed would enrich the university and community through scholarly dialogue about critical issues that is the hallmark of the academy.
The Wichita Lyceum is organized through the Division of Continuing Education. For more information, call 978-3731 or go to http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=lyceum&p=.