Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Dennett Lecture

The first Class of 1970 Lecture took place on March 30, 2006. The featured speaker was philosopher Daniel Dennett. The selection of a group of philosophy undergraduate majors, Dennett is an extremely respected philosopher whose work differs, in many key respects, from the work done at Rutgers. That is good. An underlying hope of this lecture series is to expose undergraduates to experiences they wouldn't otherwise have. Dennett's talk occurred in Winants, before a standing room only crowd that philosophy dept chair Peter Klein estimated at around 300. Dennett is a lively talker, engaging, and with a sense of humor; he held the crowd in his palm. After the talk, Klein said he received many emails saying this event was one of the best nights in the department's history.

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