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I.S. Conference

Post-Truth? Facts and Faithfulness

September 19 - 20

This fall, our Interdisciplinary Studies conference explores our understanding of truth and will feature keynotes by King’s philosophy professor Dr. Jeffrey Dudiak. Dr. Dudiak introduces his topic below:

We are informed by cultural critics that we live in a “post-truth” age, one in which, to quote the Oxford Dictionaries’ definition of its 2016 word of the year, “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  Remarkably, the truth itself has lost its appeal for us, if not its credibility, and we have polarized into the safe bastions of the like-minded where we can perpetuate our own “truths” (i.e., preferences) over against others who do not share our view of things. Is this a form of skepticism or of cynicism? How did we get to this point?

There will be an evening lecture with Dr. Dudiak titled “The Gospel Truth: Good News or Fake News?” on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in L-116.

Keynote speaker
Dr. Jeffrey Dudiak, is Professor of Philosophy at The King’s University in Edmonton where he has taught since 1999. With a Ph.D. from the Free University in Amsterdam, his areas of specialization and publication are contemporary Continental philosophy (especially the philosophy of religion and ethics) and Quaker religious thought. He is a member of the Edmonton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and has served on a number of international Quaker ecclesiastical and academic boards. Dr. Dudiak lives in Edmonton with his son York and imaginary beagles “Luther” and “Erasmus.” On Friday afternoons, he can be found “schooling” the history department in the art of snooker.

Conference Information
The conference runs Wednesday, September 19, and Thursday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day (beginning in the gym), with breakout sessions from 10:45 to 12 p.m. Please stay tuned for a full schedule of events. Detailed schedules will be available at the welcome table.

The entire event is free, and members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no need to register—simply show up and we will be happy to have you!