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Philosophy professor Claire Katz to present Jerry Jackson Lecture

Claire Katz, the Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching and professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University, will visit Western Carolina University to speak as part of the Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities series.

Claire Katz

Katz will present “Children’s Concept of Friendship: Notes from Philosophy Summer Camp” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 223 of the John Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

In June 2016, Texas A&M University hosted an inaugural philosophy summer camp for teens and ‘tweens.’ Using a “Philosophy for Children” program as a model, the university had several goals: introduce pre-college students to philosophical thinking and dialogue, develop an intellectual community among the campers, and provide a space in which young people could engage as equal partners in a series of spirited philosophical discussions.

The lecture is a DegreePlus event for students and co-sponsored by WCU’s Honors College and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, along with additional support from the College of Education and Allied Professions and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Amy McKenzie in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 828-227-3852 or

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