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UWFox Scholars Series Presentation Discusses Evil, Human Nature & the End of Time’

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting its next Scholars Series presentation on Monday, February 18 when Dr. Richard Hanson, senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County (Janesville) presents, “Evil, Human Nature and the End of Time: Human Origins and Destiny in Buddhism and Christianity,” in Perry Hall, within the UWFox Communication Arts Center, from noon to 1:00 p.m.Dr. Richard Hanson

Hanson’s presentation is and is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating.

In his presentation, Hanson proposes the questions, “What does it mean to be human? Where do human beings from, and where are we going?  How can we maintain a positive view of ourselves in the face of so much evil in the world? These questions seem to arise naturally out of the human condition, and innumerable answers to them have been presented to us by the world’s mythic, religious, and scientific traditions.”

He explores these questions through the life and work of two figures that attempted to bridge the gap between myth, religion, and science: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin — a 20th century paleontologist and Catholic, Jesuit Priest; and Anagarika Dharmapala—a 19th and early 20th century Theravada Buddhist monk.

“Teilhard and Dharmapala are unique figures in the ways in which they understood their respective traditions’ resources for interpreting human nature and destiny,” Hanson said. “Both embraced the concept of evolution, and both understood this concept as having profound implications for our understanding of the origins or humankind, the nature of evil in our world, and the final destiny of our world and the human race.”

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public with unreserved seating.

For more information about the Scholars Series, contact the UWFox Office of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.


Posted 2/15/2013