(Feb. 20, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will host the 2014 Brackenridge Symposium, "Fideism, Faith and Rationality," Feb. 20-22 in the H-E-B University Center Travis Room (2.2.02) and the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus. The conference is free and open to the public.
This year's conference theme, "Whether and How Faith in God Can Be Justified," will feature presentations from eight of the nation's top scholars studying the fields of fideism, faith and rationality. Fideism is the view that faith can be justified in some sense independent of reason or evidence.
John Bishop, professor of philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, will present the keynote speech at 4:25 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in the H-E-B University Center Travis Room (2.202). Bishop has written more than 20 publications on the philosophy of religion and authored the book "Believing by Faith" (Oxford University Press, 2007).
He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Australian National University and his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Other scheduled speakers over the three-day conference include Daniel Bonevac, University of Texas at Austin; Howard Wettstein, University of California, Riverside; Michael Pace, Chapman University (California); Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University; Paddy McShane, Georgetown University; Blake Roeber, University of Notre Dame; and Jeff Jordan, Delaware University.
The UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics brings together award-winning faculty with expertise in philosophy, humanities and classical studies. The department offers a major and minor in both philosophy and classics, and minors in religious studies and humanities.
For more information, contact Terri Gerondale at 210-458-6031 or visit the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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