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Encountering the Natural: Discovery, Formation, Understanding


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Fresno Pacific University, BC Lounge

1717 S. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Aristotle's Lagoon: Necessity, Pedagogy and Piety

David Williams, Ph.D., currently serves as the executive director and department chair at Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Semester Program, a humanities program that integrates a core-texts curriculum with wilderness experience. His lecture compares Aristotle’s focus on the natural world with Jacob Spener’s Christian pietist focus on community formation. Williams argues that the intellectual understanding of nature (Aristotle) and transformative community (Spener) must be integrated, and that Christian humanities can revitalize the role of the humanities in higher education byperforming just such integrative work.

6:00-6:25 p.m. - FPU Interdiscplinary Panel Responses

6:25-7:00 p.m. - Interactive Audience Q&A with David Williams, Ph.D., and FPU Panelists

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