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Poetry and the Prophet

Poet Adam Sol comes to the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House on Thursday, March 26, at 8 p.m., for a poetry reading.

Sol writes “poems that deal with Jewish subjects from the inside—not as an alienated witness, but as a participant—and to explore the inherent difficulties of allying oneself with any community, religious or otherwise.”

Sol’s new novel in verse, Jeremiah, Ohio, reconceives the Biblical prophet Jeremiah as a modern-day protagonist, embarking upon a road trip through rural America just before the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sol is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Jonah’s Promise, which won Mid-List Press’ First Series Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won Canada’s prestigious Trillium Award for Poetry.

The visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind and is free and open to the public.

Negotiating the Volatile Mix

Charles A. Kimball asks, “Is there common ground where the United States and Iran can meet?”

Kimball will deliver the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness Spring Peace Forum lecture on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at the Roschel Performing Arts Center.

The forum is titled “Finding a Common Word: Negotiating the Volatile Mix of Religion, Oil and Politics in U.S.–Iranian Relations.”

Kimball, a professor of comparative religion at Wake Forest University, is an ordained Baptist minister. He has a doctorate in comparative religion with a specialization in Islamic studies from Harvard University.

He is the author of three books about religion in the Middle East.

The lecture is sponsored by Center for Liberal Arts and Society and the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness.

Where Philosophy and Biology Meet

Where do philosophy and life sciences intersect?

A conference, titled “Philosophy, the Life Sciences and Society” will be held on March 27 and 28, at 4:30 p.m., in the Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building.

Speakers will include John Dupre, professor of philosophy of science at the University of Exeter and director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Center for Genomics in Society; Jonathan Kaplan, associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University; and Inmaculada De Melo-Martin, associate professor in the Division of Medical Ethics at Cornell Weill Medical College.

The conference is sponsored by the Bonchek Institute for Reason and Science in a Liberal Democracy, the Center for Liberal Arts and Society, the departments of Philosophy, and Biology and Bonchek College House.

Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence

Angela Rose will speak about breaking the silence of sexual and domestic violence on Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. as part of Franklin & Marshall College’s 12th annual Take Back the Night keynote speech.

The talk will be held at Booth Ferris North in the Steinman College Center.

Rose is executive director of Promoting Awareness & Victim Empowerment (PAVE).

Her speech will include music and testimonials. Afterward, she will screen her documentary, Transition to Survivor.

PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence. Rose and PAVE have been featured in Time magazine and on CNN and The Today Show.

The lecture is sponsored by the Alice Drum Women’s Center, SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Education), Women and Gender Studies, the Athletic Department and the Center for Liberal Arts and Society.