WILL WELCOME WORK? Hospitality, Diversity, & Identity at Crossroads

Hospitality, as one of the greatest and glorified human virtues, is a real challenge, especially in the wake of immigration and refugee crises across the world. The challenge begins in the very basic conceptual understanding of what hospitality is. The complexity increases because it cuts across almost every discipline – ethics, theology, politics, and even economics. Further questions only increase our eagerness to reflect more deeply on hospitality and hospitableness,  such as: Is there a moral imperative to be hospitable?;  What demands does hospitality place on the host and on the guest?;  How extensive are the demands of hospitality?; What are the limits of hospitality? ; How does hospitality affect one’s identity? Does it celebrate diversity or does it force uniformity?   Drawing inspiration from both Western philosophies and Eastern theologies, this lecture attempts to reconstruct the idea of ‘genuine hospitality.’  Being at the crossroads, we now ask “will welcome work?”

“The Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair is held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the arts and sciences. Established in 1987 through the generosity of lead donors Michael J. Morris ’56, Joseph McKinney ’52 (dec.) and the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s, it is intended to emphasize that the University’s Jesuit identity is inseparable from the finest teaching, scholarship and collegiate discourse. The Chair is named in honor of the University’s 24th president.”

Hyatt Lecture featuring Dr. Elizabeth M. Brannon

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Wolfington Teletorium of Mandeville Hall

Dr. Elizabeth M. Brannon’s research program examines the evolution and development of quantitative cognition. She studies how adult humans, infants, young children and nonhuman animals without language represent number. A major current focus is to study how training the primitive number sense might facilitate mathematical abilities in children and adults. Dr. Brannon is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair in the Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Psychology.