BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Widely renowned American philosopher Linda Zagzebski is this year's Dr. Byron I. Bitar Memorial Lecturer at Geneva College, April 2 and 3. Zagzebski’s lecture series will be titled “Self-Trust and Religious Belief.”
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.
The two main lectures are “Self-Trust and Belief in God” on Wed., April 2 and “Self-Trust and the Plurality of Religions” on Thurs., April 3. Both lectures will be held in the John H. White Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Both lectures will also be followed by a faculty response at 8:40 p.m. – Dr. Esther L. Meek of Geneva and Dr. Allen Plug of Malone University, respectively. Zagzebski will also hold a book-signing reception on Thurs., April 6:30 p.m. in the foyer of Old Main; the event is hosted by the William C. Kriner family and Mrs. Gail Bitar.
Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Philosophy and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma, where she has taught since 1999.
She was born and educated in California, receiving a B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. For twenty years she taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she chaired the Department.
Zagzebski is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. She has given many endowed lectures, and she has lectured widely in Europe, North America, and China. She is an honorary lifetime member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society) and is a member of the National Research Council.
Her books include The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge, (Oxford, 1991), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge, 1996), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge, 2004), Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2007), and On Epistemology (forthcoming, Wadsworth), as well as many edited collections and articles in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue ethics.
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