March 21, 2005

Philosophy professor to deliver Tenney lecture

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Robert A. Hahn, a globetrotting philosopher who guides summer trips through the ancient wonders of Egypt and Greece, will deliver a free public lecture at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Student Center Auditorium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Hahn teaches philosophy at the University and is founder of the Ancient Legacies expeditions - which introduce intrepid learners to such thrills as riding camels through the Sahara at dusk and exploring the original Olympian fields.

Media Advisory

Reporters who wish to interview Hahn may meet him at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Ohio Room of the SIUC Student Center.

His talk, "Winning, Losing and Love: A Philosopher's Reflections on Life and Tennis," concludes this term's Charles D. Tenney Distinguished Lecture Series, arranged by the University Honors Program.

Tenney served as the University's provost and vice president from 1952 to 1971.

A public reception in the adjacent Gallery Lounge will follow.

Hahn specializes in Greek philosophy, Aristotle, Kant and the history of philosophy. He is the author of several groundbreaking books in his field, particularly on the connections between the practical sciences, like architecture, and philosophy in ancient Greece.

He is an SIUC Distinguished Teacher and one of the most sought-after professors on the campus, says Frederick Williams, director of the University Honors Program.

The Tenney lecture series exemplifies SIUC's aspiration of reaching out to others through coordinating cultural outreach programs as outlined in Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, a long-range plan the University is following as it moves toward its 150th birthday in 2019.