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Lewis University welcomes Dr. Melinda Hall to speak at “Philosophy on the Edge”

Published: September 25, 2013.

The philosophy department at Lewis University welcomes Dr. Melinda Hall, assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University to speak at the second annual “Philosophy on the Edge” lecture on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in room AS-158 of the Academic Building on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Hall will discuss her work in disability ethics in popular culture titled “Monstrous Villains and Horrible Heroes: Images of Disability in Horror.”

Horror films and fiction use images of disability to create horror, repeating and extending the worst prejudices regarding disability, those who are physically and mentally different are monsters that threaten society. Though, there are some exceptions to this prejudiced and prejudicial representation of people with disabilities. Hall argues that Tim Burton and Stephen King create “horrible heroes” whose perspectives reveal that the social world can itself be horrifying, especially because it excludes and harms those who are different. Hall is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. She has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of human enhancement and the social and cultural construction of disability. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Disability Studies Quarterly.

Following the lecture, Dr. Melinda Hall will be participating in a workshop that will be an in-depth discussion of the research paper that her lecture is based on. Those interested in attending the workshop must RSVP to Dr. Tracey Nicholls to obtain a copy of the paper and the time and location of the event. Space is limited for this part of Hall’s visit.

For more information regarding the lecture or to RSVP for the workshop that follows, contact Dr. Tracey Nicholls at nicholtr@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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