The Norman Levan Center for the Humanities and St. John’s College Present:
Incarnate Mind/Incarnate Love: Reflections on Embodiment in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
Dr. Greg Schneider, a faculty member at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, will discuss two contrasting world views—one godless and one Christian—that in some ways organize everything that happens in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Yet at some of the most crucial points in the story, profound, embodied gestures take the place of intellectual argument. This lecture will explore these images of our embodiment, and how the novel still has relevance for confronting the intellectual and religious movements of the contemporary world.
Dr. Schneider, MD, has taught across the liberal arts and science curriculum at St. John’s. Although his background is medicine and includes six years of teaching clinical medicine, literature and medicine, and medical ethics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he also has a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University.
The lecture is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th, in the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities at Bakersfield College.
Admission and Parking are Free.
Joe Saldivar, Ph.D., is a proud faculty member and current faculty chair of the BC Biology Department. His primary professional goal is to provide students with the tools to think critically and encourage and foster their imagination to find answers to problems facing the future our community and humanity.
Human Survival: The Blue Frontier
Worldwide, humanity is experiencing an increase in life expectancy, food yields, literacy and democratization. Unfortunately, humanity is also experiencing increased concerns regarding climate change, loss of natural resources, overfishing, species extinction as well as several countries facing political unrest.
Homo sapiens are landlocked. With human population estimations at 11-15 Billion people by the year 2100, how will humanity resolve these environmental and political concerns?
When Jerry Ludeke began working in the Bakersfield College Archives in 2002, and going tghrough materials from and on Miss Grace Van Dyke Bird - Bakersfield College's first president - she joined the ranks of those who were in awe of this Renaissance woman. Jerry has consulted numerous sources, including the BC Archives, UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, and Grace Bird's family. By walking us through Miss Bird's photo album and life, Jerry hopes that we will be amazed at how multi-faceted she was and grateful that Bakersfield College was so fortunate to have been directed and nurtured for 31 years by this awesome woman.
To encourage and support the scholarly and creative work of Bakersfield College faculty the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities has established an annual summer grant program.
We hope that you will consider submitting an application for this summer. The deadline is April 1, 2015.
If you have any questions about the grant please email Jack Hernandez.
The Norman Levan Center Faculty Scholarship Committee
Each semester the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities awards $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships to eligible students, who major in a humanities or science discipline and who write an outstanding essay on a topic related to the humanities. The essays are between 750 and 1,000 words in length and are judged anonymously by a committee of BC administrators.