Annual Bitar Memorial Lecture Series

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Dr. Byron I. Bitar

The Dr. Byron I. Bitar Memorial Lecture in Philosophy was endowed by the William C. Kriner Family in memory of Geneva College′s beloved professor of a quarter-century, in order to continue his legacy and vision for philosophy. The Lecture was inaugurated in 2004, a year after Dr. Bitar′s untimely death. Past Bitar Lecturers include renowned philosophers Stephen Evans, Paul Helm, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Linda Zagzebski.

The 2014 Lecturer was Dr. Merold Westphal. In addition to the lectures, the Bitar event includes a dinner with the lecturer for faculty and invited guests from Geneva and other institutions, to honor the Lectures′ endowing families, the William Kriners and the family of Byron Bitar. It features the announcement of the annual Bitar Cash Prize for best student philosophy paper, a gift from Mrs. Gail Bitar. Also there is a dinner for philosophy majors, and a master class, for all Geneva students, with the Lecture.

Dr. D.C Schindler is our 2014-15 Bitar Lecturer. The Lectures will be held March 25-26, 2015.


Contact us to receive free Bitar Lecturer Quotation Bookmarks from our annual series.

Past Bitar Lecturers include:

  • 2004-05: Dr. Stephen Evans, Baylor University – “Can Love be Commanded?: Kierkegaard on the Foundations of Moral Obligation”        
  • 2005-06: Dr. Paul Helm – “John Calvin′s Big Idea”
  • 2006-07: Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff – "Love and Justice"
  • 2007-08: Linda Zagzebski – "Self-Trust and Religious Belief"
  • 2008-09: Dr. James K.A. Smith – "A Liturgical Phenomenology for a Post-Secular Age"
  • 2009-10: R.J. Snell – "Culture of Boredom, Culture of Death"
  • 2010-11: Dr. Paul K. Moser – “Expecting a Severe God.”
  • 2011-12: Dr. Alvin Plantinga – “Science, Religion and Naturalism”
  • 2012-13: Dr. Nancey Murphy – “Human Nature at the Intersection of Science, Religion and Philosophy”
  • 2013-14: Dr. Merold Westphal – "Getting from There to Here: From Modernity to Postmodernity"

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