First Annual Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture with Dr. Michael D. Burroughs
October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Dr. Michael D. Burroughs for the first annual Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The Hammond Memorial Lecture, in honor of the late Paul Hammond, will bring a noted speaker to the Jesup once a year to talk about philosophy and related topics of interest to Hammond. Hammond was passionate about discussing ideas and current events, as well as promoting well-reasoned and logical arguments and debate.
Dr. Burroughs’ talk, “Paul, Pluralism, and Public Philosophy: Reflecting on Philosophical Possibilities,” will focus on Hammond’s contributions as a philosopher, friend and community member. Burroughs will also speak about the impact and role that philosophy can play in public life. He will share examples from his own practice and research in introducing philosophy in K-12 classrooms and other non-traditional locations (such as prisons and retirement communities) and illustrate the significance of philosophy as a fundamental practice in everyday life.
Dr. Burroughs, a friend and colleague of Hammond, is the Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield. He also serves as Vice President of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, a national non-profit organization supporting the introduction of philosophy in K-12 classrooms. In his research and teaching, he strives to make philosophy and ethics engaging and accessible both at and beyond the university, including in K-12 schools, prisons and other locations.
The Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture was established in 2016 and will feature an annual talk that explores philosophy for a lay audience. Hammond, the son of Debby and Scott Hammond of Bar Harbor and a graduate of the Mount Desert Island High School, was a philosophy professor who passed away in 2015.