James W. Carey Memorial Lecture - Dr. Sheldon Solomon - LIB100/201 Approved!
Dr. Sheldon Solomon, Skidmore College
Date and TimeWednesday, September 17, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
- DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium
Dr. Sheldon Solomon from Skidmore College will speak about how the uniquely human fear of death has a pervasive effect on human beings' thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The terror of death and the quest for immortality, studied extensively by cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, underlie some of humankind's most noble achievements, however they also engender some of our most ignominious affectations, including hostility and disdain for people with different beliefs, indifference to, or contempt for, the natural environment, and the mindless pursuit of material possessions--which, if unchecked, may render humans the first form of life responsible for their own extinction. Dr. Solomon will provide an overview of Ernest Becker's ideas, discuss his own empirical work in this area of study, and ponder and discuss (with the audience in Q & A) the implications of these ideas for individual and social behavior.
Valerie V. Peterson