Thursday, October 11, 2012

Utah Symphony Director Fischer Highlights International Student Philosophical Conference

Salt Lake Community College will hold its annual International Undergraduate Philosophical Conference. This year's conference will be a two-day event focused on the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche and Pierre Bourdieu. The conference’s theme will be 'Education as a Creative Production of Culture.'

Dr. James Faulconer will provide the keynote address for the academic portion of the conference, which will take place on Friday, November 9. Following the one-hour plenary session, a panel discussion session will take place featuring student presentations inspired by Nietzsche and Bourdieu.

The artistic portion of the conference will take place on Monday, November 12. Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer will be the featured presenter for this session. His address is titled: 'Noise and Noises: Being Surrounded by Noise Affects Our Perception and Creativity.'

The first SLCC Undergraduate Philosophical Conference was inspired by a Russian scholastic tradition, and was designed to allow students to pursue independent research with professors' support.

“What I’ve always wanted from these conferences is for students to have complete flexibility in the direction and topic of study, and creative freedom in presenting their knowledge,” said Alexander Izrailevsky, SLCC Professor of Philosophy. “Research is not determined by the professors' areas of interest, but thestudents'. Prior to our first Philosophical Conference, I saw in my classes too many students were lacking an outlet for their passion and creativity, and this conference—like the others before it—will provide them a wonderful outlet.

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