The Forum


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn, Sec. 297

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Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts to present their knowledge, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.

Theme: Marriage in the 21st Century

Marriage changed in the 20th century, but that isn't to say much. Every century is marked by disagreements and conflicts over the proper nature and value of marriage. But rather than look to the past, we've chosen to look to the future. What will marriage be like in the 21st century? What rights and responsiblities should only married couples have? What rights and responsiblities will they have? How should we begin to think about this issue?

Dr. Joan Callahan: March 14th, 7pm in Kilpatrick Auditorium

Dr. Joan Callahan will be our guest for these discussions. Dr. Callahan teaches philosophy at the University of Kentucky where she also directs the Women's Studies program. Her research covers a wide range of ethical and legal issues, including those surrounding reproduction, parental and professional responsibilities, and feminist theory. Her publications appear in Ethics, The Stanford Law and Policy Review and Health Care Analysis, she has edited an influential textbook on professional ethics published by Oxford University Press, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Students and Citizens: March 21st, 7pm in Kilpatrick Auditorium

Dr. Callahan will start our discussion and a group of students and members of the Shreveport Times's Citizen Editorial Board will continue it. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss. Where is marriage going? What should marriage be like in the 21st century?

Students Citizens
Lacey Anderson, Philosophy and German Darcie Johnson, Small Business Owner
Laura Pryor, Political Science and Economics Tena Hines, Realtor at Coldwell Banker J. Wesley Dowling
Curt Youngblood, Sociology and Communications

Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Dr. Callahan, our students, and the members of the Editorial Board prior to each meeting. (Dr. Callahan's column appeared on Monday, March 13. The responses appeared on Sunday, March 19th.)

We'd like to thank the Convocations Subcomittee, the Shreveport Times, and Centenary's PR department for all their support.