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U.Va. Launches Community Lecture Series In Virginia Beach

March 1, 2001-- University of Virginia faculty will share their expertise with Hampton Roads residents during a free "Engaging the Mind" lecture series that begins Friday, March 23.

Part of U.Va.’s statewide outreach initiative, the speakers series will examine three topics: the ethics of everyday life, the interplay between science and literature, and the value of American elections. Each talk will be held twice in March, April and May at different times and Virginia Beach locations.

Brad Brown, an associate professor in U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce who is internationally recognized for his expertise in business ethics, will lead two sessions of "Ethics of Everyday Life" on March 23. The first will be held at 3 p.m. at First Colonial Inn at 845 First Colonial Road in Virginia Beach. A 7 p.m. session will be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

A faculty advisor to U.Va.’s Institute for Practical Ethics who has taught business ethics at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Brown will explore how ethical decisions are made daily. He also will examine how making large and small ethical choices, such as ending a life or returning pocket change, contribute to an individual’s character.

"The community lectures are being offered at diverse times and locations to accommodate as many participants as possible," said Richard Hoehlein, director of the Hampton Roads Center of U.Va.’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

On April 20 Carl Trindle, a U.Va. chemistry professor, will explore the ways in which science and literature enrich life. Calling the two "a surprising partnership," Trindle will address the scientific origins of science fiction and mystery as well as literature’s human perspective on those who pursue science.

On May 18 anthropology professor Fred Damon will analyze the role elections play in American culture. Taking an unusual anthropological approach to elections, Damon will investigate the rituals associated with elections throughout the world and describe how they reflect the society in which they occur.

All 3 p.m. sessions of the talks will be held at First Colonial Inn, and all 7 p.m. programs will be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library.

The series reflects U.Va.’s strong commitment to outreach activities and serves as a way to highlight faculty expertise, Hoehlein said.

A recent survey showed that U.Va. reaches about 1 million Virginia residents yearly through more than 400 public service and outreach programs statewide. Descriptions of such programs have been posted on an "Outreach Virginia" Web site at

In addition to U.Va.’s Hampton Roads Center, other sponsors of the series include U.Va.’s Faculty Senate Speakers Bureau, in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service and the U.Va. Alumni Association.

To reserve free tickets for the series, phone U.Va.’s Hampton Roads Center at (757) 552-1890, ext. 10 or e-mail

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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