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, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Linda Zagzebski.
The 2013 Lecturer was Dr. Nancey Murphy. 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, a master class, for Geneva students, and a coffee with philosophy program alumni, all with the Lecturer.
Dr. Merold Westphal is our 2013-14 Bitar Lecturer. The Lectures will be held April 8-9, 2014.
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Geneva College is the only CCCU institution with a full-time program in Rome, Italy. In Rome, students spend a semester studying the humanities, traveling throughout Italy and Europe, and engaging in volunteer activities.