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Twelfth Annual 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture

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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

299 North Spring Mill Road

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Villanova, PA 19085

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Twelfth Annual 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture

Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood

What is humanhood? This is the question that the 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture will address through a conversation framed by the forthcoming book, Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood, by distinguished Dartmouth philosopher James Bernard Murphy. Professor Murphy argues in his new book that the study of a human life is intrinsically multidisciplinary, and so the conference speakers will speak from the disciplines of biology, psychology, political science, sociology, linguistics, biblical exegesis, anthropology, literary theory, and law. The hope is to clarify a holistic conception of a developing human life, in which the virtues of children are also the virtues of adults, and both the temporal and the eternal are given their due. The event will be held on October 27, 2017 beginning at 9:15 a.m.

The symposium takes place on Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova)This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 CLE Credits (4.5 substanative and 1 ethics)

Schedule of Events:

Welcome and Opening Remarks - 9:15 a.m.

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
"Love and Humanhood: Parents, Disability, and Other Complications" - 9:30 a.m.
Shelley Burtt, Executive Director of the Camphill Foundation
"Childhood, Adulthood, and Good Lives" - 10:20 a.m.
Harry Brighouse, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Good of Being in Transition" - 11:10 a.m.
James Gordley, W. R. Irby Chair, Tulane University Law School

Lunch break - 12 p.m.

"It's a Long Story: Narrative and What We Are" - 1 p.m.
Marya Schechtman, Professor of Philosophy and member of the Laboratory of Integrated Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Coming of Age: Fact, Meaning, and Value" - 1:50 p.m.
Phillip Reynolds, Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology, Candler School, Emory University
Roundtable Discussion - 2:40 p.m.

*Parking is free for all attendees

Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal course registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted program fees. A petition for a reduced fee shall be filed at the same time the attorney pre-registers for the program, and state why the normal fee associated with the program causes the lawyer a financial hardship. The petition must be signed by the lawyer. The Law School’s CLE coordinator may waive or reduce the fee for the CLE program at his/her discretion.


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