• Michael Patton, Philosophy, will participate in a debate hosted by the Socratic Club at Oregon State University. The debate, “Is There Absolute Truth (and Should We Care)?,” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. Patton and Michael Gurney, of Multnomah University, will present divergent views. The debate will be taped and posted at a later date for viewing on the Socratic Club’s YouTube page. More than 20 previous Socratic Club debates may be viewed online.
• Jennifer Rickel, English, recently presented two papers at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) annual conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta. The paper titles are “Illusions of Home in Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy” and “Postcoloniality and Humanitarianism in the Cultural Commons: A Study of Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.”