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Columbia State to host presentation on Wendell Berry's 'The Hidden Wound'

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The Columbia State Community College philosophy department will host a philosophy invitational featuring Dr. Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University professor of philosophy, and Dr. Peter Kuryla, Belmont University associate professor of history, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room located on the Williamson Campus.

At the invitational, the presenters will discuss “The Hidden Wound,” by Wendell Berry, in acknowledgement of the work’s 50th anniversary.

Outlaw and Kuryla will join Dr. Erin Kealey, Columbia State assistant professor of philosophy, to discuss the work’s significance and the ongoing issues related to race from different academic traditions. 

“The tumultuous events of 1968 prompted Wendell Berry to reevaluate how his childhood experiences with racial relations on a Kentucky farm informed his awareness of the festering social problem of racism, which he deems unavoidable until the source can be examined within the framework of our social inheritance and we truly begin to recognize the humanity in every individual,” Kealy said.

Outlaw earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fisk University, and a doctorate degree from Boston College. He specializes in African, African-American, continental, history of philosophy, social and political studies. In addition to publishing numerous essays, a book and giving talks at various colleges across the country, Outlaw is a member of the American Philosophical Association and has served on the organization’s board and various sub-committees.

Kuryla earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Midwestern State University, and a doctorate in history from Vanderbilt University. He studies intellectual and cultural history of the United States with a focus on political thought along with American philosophy and literature after the Civil War. In addition to being published in books, journals and blogs, Kuryla is working on a book manuscript, "The Imagined Civil Rights Movement."

Kealey earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College and a doctorate in philosophy and literature from Purdue University. She has been published in various publications, and specializes in existentialism and film.

This event is free and open to the public. The Community Room is in the Administration Building located at 1228 Liberty Pike in Franklin. 

For more information about this event, contact Kealey at 615-540-2760 or

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