Denison's Service Learning Center Establishes New Lecture Series
Posted: March 5, 2004
Denison University's John W. Alford Center for Service Learning will host Michael J. Hyde, professor of communications ethics at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.), as the inaugural speaker in its Intersections and Crossroads Lecture Series. Hyde's presentation, set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 10) in Slayter Hall's Denison University Room (4th floor), is titled "A Question of Conscience: 'What Would Life Be Like If No One Acknowledged Your Existence?'" The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Intersections and Crossroads Series will present scholars, teachers and artists whose work or research affects change in their local communities says associate Professor Ronald Abram, director of curricular service-learning at Denison. In addition to the lecture, Hyde will visit classes and work with students on Thursday (March 11). He will present a documentary film made by Wake Forest University students titled "Samaritan Harmony." It is the true story of five homeless men who formed a gospel group in a community shelter.
Hyde has recently writtenThe Call of Conscience: Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric, and the Euthanasia Debate(University of South Carolina Press) which was honored with two awards -- the Diamond Anniversary Book Award for the outstanding scholarly book from the National Communication Association and the Marie Hockmuth Nichols Award for outstanding scholarship in public address. He also is the editor ofCommunication Philosophy and the Technological Age(University of Alabama Press) and co-editor ofRhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time: A Reader(Yale University Press). Hyde has produced a documentary film on "Negotiating Death: A Rhetorical Perspective on Euthanaia." He is about to publishThe Life Giving Gift of Acknowledgment,his latest book.
In addition to his Wake Forest University faculty appointment, Hyde has served as the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and a Van Zest Research Professor of Communication at Northwestern University and on the faculty at the Universtiy of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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