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Loss & Legacy (Symposium): How Do We Think About Our Ancestors?

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

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In this installment of our Loss & Legacy series, and in keeping with the various festivals for the dead (e.g., Samhain, Day of the Dead, Remembrance Day (11/11), All Souls and All Saints), we consider different kinds of ancestry and lineage, extending beyond just family ties, to include our teachers and predecessors in the arts we practice, in our professional lives, and in our nation or other groups and organizations of which we’re a part. As philosophers, we’ll consider what common/shared principles coherently underwrite and/or unify our understanding of these and ask how, based on this, might we think about and act toward all of our various ancestors appropriately.  In the process, we’ll consider what kinds of duties we might have to those in our past and how, especially with more “complex” predecessors, we might be able to acknowledge (and even honor) certain ancestors without endorsing all of their beliefs and actions, and without exalting them as moral exemplars.  Our symposium will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 19th at The Helena Avenue Theater and feature guests panelists (to be announced soon) and facilitator, David Nowakowski.

Symposium Details

How Do We Think About Our Ancestors?

Date: Thursday, October 19th
Time: 6pm-9pm 
Location: Helena Avenue Theater

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to our symposia series community sponsors BWP Helena Great Northern Hotel and  Helena Civic Television, to our community partners Helena Avenue Theater, to our grantors the Helena Area Community Foundation, the Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization and Humanities Montana, and to our donors and the Helena community.

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Helena, MT 59602 United States
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