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14 Annual George Simmons Lecture to be Held

Susan Wolf, the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will give the feature address on October 17, 2016 at the 14th Annual George Simmons Lecture Series to be held at the Trinidad Hilton. The topic of this year’s event is: Meaningfulness: A third dimension of the good life”

George and Esther Simmons, alumni of the University of the Southern Caribbean, have built an enviable collection of books housed at the USC’s Forde Library. Over the years, the library has amassed over 6000 books courtesy the Simmons duo and that collection has now become the fourth largest at the library.

For 13 years, the dynamic couple has hosted a public lecture series where intellectuals and scholars from around the globe deliver thought-provoking lectures on topics ranging from philosophy to health. Lectures have been brought by professors and doctors of distinguished universities such as Yale, Harvard and Princeton.

This year’s lecturer attended Yale University as part of the second class to admit women, graduating with a B.A. in Math and Philosophy in 1974 and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton in 1978. 

She taught at Harvard University, the University of Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins University before moving to the University of North Carolina in 2002.  She has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Utrecht University, and University College, Oxford, and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities from the Mellon Foundation. 

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, to the American Philosophical Society in 2006, and she served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2010-11. 

Wolf is the author of three books, Freedom Within Reason, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, and The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love, as well as numerous articles on a wide range of topics in ethics and in adjoining areas of metaphysics, political philosophy and the philosophy of mind.   She is married to the philosopher Douglas MacLean and has alliterative interests in family, philosophy, fiction, film, and food.

For more information on the Lecture, contact Dr. Phyllis Andrews via email ar:


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