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Philosophy Department hosts guest scholar


Peg Brand

Artist and philosophy professor Peg Brand will bring her thoughts and views to Sacramento State for a pair of free lectures on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Brand is with the Philosophy and Women’s Studies departments at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

She will talk about “Virtues and Values” from 10:30 to 11 :45 a.m. in the University Union Redwood Room, and “Dying Gracefully” from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Union’s Forest Suite. A reception will be held for her from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Library Art Gallery.

Brand works in philosophy of art and aesthetics, feminist art criticism and theory, feminist philosophy, and fine arts painting and printmaking.

Books that she’s edited include Beauty Matters, and her art can be viewed at

“Virtues and Values” will combine philosophical discussion with Brand’s own artwork to argue that no one religion or political ideology has a monopoly on family values. Hard work, open-mindedness and patience are taught to children by all caring adults, she says.

“Dying Gracefully” offers an aesthetically richer  alternative to “dying with dignity” by bringing music, art and literature to people facing their mortality.

Brand will also appear on the Feb. 17 edition of Jeffrey Callison’s “Insight,” 10 a.m. on KXJZ, 90.9

The lectures are sponsored by Sacramento State’s Philosophy Department, with assistance of the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics and the campus-wide Visiting Scholars Program.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Peg Brand’s combination of philosophical and artistic abilities speaking on our campus,” says Sacramento State philosophy Professor Russell DiSilvestro. “The topics she will speak on are perennial ones that every person faces.”

For more information on Brand’s lectures, call (916) 278-6424 or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.