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Greek notion of 'logos' explored at West campus


March 16, 2010

The Greek notion of logos is the focal point of a March 25 lecture presented by ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College. The 5 p.m. lecture will take place in the University Center Building (UCB), room 241, on the West campus, and will feature Laine M. Harrington, a poet who received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

The Barrett Public Lecture is free to the community.

“Scandalous Construction: Heartfelt Logos from a Pre-originary Point of View” will focus on logos, a principle originating in classical Greek thought which refers to a universal divine reason, immanent in nature, yet transcending all oppositions and imperfections is the cosmos and humanity. Harrington, a recent visiting scholar with the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group at the University of California-Berkeley, will refer to the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger and University of Chicago Divinity School Professor Bruce Lincoln as she considers a different type of logos: unfixed and pre-originary, as in prior to the construction of Western discourse as it is understood today.

Harrington is visiting ASU’s West campus as a distinguished scholar and an external examiner for a graduating honors senior in communication studies, Emily Singleton. Harrington is a published poet and has several essays in print. She has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences. Her research interests include issues in philosophy of religion, rhetoric, and the work of Belgian feminist Luce Irigaray. Currently, Harrington is on the general studies faculty of the fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.

For more information on this Barrett Public Lecture, contact 602-543-6118.

ASU’s West campus is located at 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University is a selective, residential college that recruits academically outstanding undergraduates across the nation. Named “Best Honors College” in the nation, this residential community has more National Merit Scholars than Princeton, Yale or Stanford and Barrett students benefit from a ten million dollar endowment used exclusively to support honors students and their projects.

Barrett on the ASU West Campus builds on the mix of academic and professional programs offered in a suburban location with many of the advantages of a small liberal arts college. An expanding Residential Community joins a diverse mix of non-traditional students who are attracted by a young faculty committed to themes of leadership, justice and healthy communities.