Bergoffen Delivers ICAR Brown Bag Lecture Today

Posted: March 31, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Debra Bergoffen, professor of philosophy and women’s studies at George Mason, delivers the weekly Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) brown bag lecture today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Truland Building, Room 555, on the Arlington Campus.

Her lecture, “Broadening the Horizons of Conflict Resolution: Phenomenology: Theory, Research, and Practice,” was culled from an ICAR course on phenomenology she taught during the spring 2004 semester and will be presented jointly with four students from the course.

Phenomenology is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “a philosophy or method of inquiry based on the premise that reality consists of objects and events as they are perceived or understood in human consciousness and not anything independent of human consciousness.”

Bergoffen’s lecture will be divided into five sections and will include speaking parts for the four students: Shizu Maekawa will speak about her research on the Korean “comfort women” forced into prostitution by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War; Jennifer Langdon will discuss how phenomenology can be used to construct a theory of justice; Santhe Loizos will delve into using phenomenology to form a theory of hope; and Susan Lewis will discuss phenomenology as a research tool.

For more information on ICAR’s brown bag lecture series, visit the web site.

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