OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Happy-hour discussion examines morality and self-deception

05/26/2009

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregonians will have an opportunity to join writer Ursula K. Le Guin and Oregon State University philosophy professor Lani Roberts for an interactive discussion exploring morality and self-deception at the next Think & Drink, a series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at rontoms, 600 E. Burnside, Portland. The bimonthly series is sponsored by the Oregon Council for the Humanities.

Le Guin writes fiction, science fiction and fantasy books for young children and young adults, as well as screenplays, essays, and verbal texts for musicians. Many of her major titles have remained in print for more than 40 years, and her writing has been translated into 16 languages. Le Guin has been a finalist for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and has won a National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and a Pushcart Prize, among others.

Roberts is an associate professor of philosophy at OSU. Among her research interests is the role of individual moral complicity in the maintenance of social injustices. Roberts is an author and the co-editor of “The Journal of Philosophy in the Contemporary World.” Her many honors include two Martin Luther King Jr. Exemplary Service Awards.

Roberts and Le Guin will discuss ideals of morality, how we deceive ourselves individually and collectively, and the concept of moral evolution during the event.

Think & Drink, which invites the public to think and talk together, reflects Oregon Council for the Humanities’ emphasis on infusing public conversations with critical thinking and fresh ideas.

The Oregon Council for the Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that is dedicated to the belief that knowledge and ideas are fundamental to the health of our communities.