Philosophy wins grant for "Love Among the Ruins"
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has made a grant to the UofL Philosophy Department for a theatrical production of the final three speeches -- Aristophanes, Socrates & Diotima, and Alcibiades -- of Plato's Symposium. Under the grant, Philosophy Prof. John Gibson will work with Prof. Janna Segal in the Department of Theatre Arts to direct student actors and stage this dialogue during the 20th annual Steven Humphrey Undergraduate Philosophy Colloquium on April 9, 2020. The Symposium is not only the first statement of Plato's theory of the Forms, it is also a meditation on fleetingness and permanence in a time of civil strife and personal & political intrigue. It speaks as urgently to us today as it did to Athenians in the 4th century BCE.