April 14, 2008

Philosophy symposium examines “Young and Old”

photo: a girl and two women showing aging progression

Discussions on the nature of aging and the relationship between young and old will take center stage at the Department of Philosophy’s annual Nammour Symposium, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Four panel discussions will be held; three will be made up of professors from philosophy as well as other departments, and one will constitute student winners of the Nammour Student Essay Competition. Each discussion will examine this year’s theme, “Young and Old.”

“This year's Nammour Symposium is going to take an unflinching look at some of the fundamental assumptions of aging,” says philosophy professor Randolph Mayes.

The first panel, featuring Ann Stoltz, (chair of the Division of Nursing), Cindi Strutz-Sreetharan (Anthropology) and Christina Bellon (Philosophy) will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 22. The panel will explore the age-old question, “On Growing Up: How Do Kids Get Wired for Responsibility?”

“Intergenerational Debt: What do Young and Old Owe to Each Other?” is the topic of the second panel discussion, held from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 22. Panel participants include economics professor Stephan Kroll, philosophy professor Russell Disilvestro and gerontology chair Cheryl Osborne.

Student essay competition winners will discuss the topic of their award-winning papers, “Is Aging a Disease?” from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 23.

Sacramento State philosophy professors David Freelove and Scott Merlino, as well as Cosumnes River College philosophy professor Rick Schubert, will conclude the symposium with their discussion, “Master and Wisdom: Do They (Only) Come with Age?” from 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 23.

The symposium is named in honor of philosophy professor Jamil Nammour, who taught at Sacramento State from 1969 to 1986. The first symposium was held in the spring of 1979.

For more information, contact the Philosophy Department at (916) 278-6424. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.