Ideas Matter lecture series focuses on future generations


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Ideas Matter 2011 series, which will focus on responsibilities to future generations, begins on Thursday, Jan. 13, when Donny George Youkhanna of SUNY-Stony Brook will speak on “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory.”

All lectures in the series begin at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall Room 102, unless otherwise noted. The talks are free and open to the community.

Youkhanna will present details of what happened in Iraq before and after the 2003 war, including the losses and subsequent restorations of archaeological and historical sites. He will discuss lessons that can be learned from this experience, and the status of Baghdad National Museum, and archaeological sites in Iraq.

Youkhanna was born in Iraq in 1950, and received his Ph.D. in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Baghdad. He was the director general for the Iraqi Museums from 2003-05, and was appointed the chairman of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage in 2005. He is now a visiting professor in the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies, at SUNY-Stony Brook.

Ideas Matter is sponsored by the OSU Department of Philosophy along with The Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, The Spring Creek Project, The University Honors College, The Office of Student Affairs, The Environmental Leadership Institute, The Horning Endowment in the Humanities and The Native American Collaborative Institute.

For more information on the lecture series, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/philosophy

The rest of the series includes:

  • Jan. 20: “Trashing the Future: Can We Justify Moral Obligations to the Future?” Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College;
  • Jan. 27: “Preserving the Blessing of Liberty for Posterity: Why it Matters,” Prakash Chenjeri, Southern Oregon State University;
  • Feb. 3: “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Transforming Environmental Conflicts,” Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University;
  • Feb. 10: “The Creation Care Seminar: Why People of Faith Should Care About Climate Change,” Rev. Mitchell Hescox, Environmental Evangelical Network;
  • Feb. 17: “Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for the New Ecological Age,” Mary Wood, University of Oregon;
  • Feb. 24: “Technologically Shaping Selves: Ethics and the Pursuit of Enhancement,” Erik Parens, The Hastings Center;
  • March 2: “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century,” Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Office of the Order of Canada (Location: LaSells Stewart Center);
  • March 10: “Responsibilities to Future Mothers: Reflections on the Kind of Mothering Options I’d Like for My Daughter,” Sara Goering, University of Washington.