Phi Beta Kappa national secretary to deliver Sibley Lecture at Alfred University

Alfred University

Dr. John Churchill, national secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society, and a prominent philosopher, will deliver the annual Myron Sibley Lecture at Alfred University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center. He will speak about his life’s work, advocacy, and scholarship in the liberal arts.

The Sibley Lecture series at Alfred University was established in memory of Myron Sibley, the first professor of philosophy hired at AU. Sibley taught at Alfred for more than 30 years and was highly regarded as a professor and member of the community. The Sibley Lecture, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Division of Human Studies, which Sibley helped to organize, annually brings to campus a renowned scholar.

Churchill received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his doctoral studies in philosophy at Yale University. His scholarship and publications have focused on the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and David Hume, as well as topics in the history of philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of liberal education. Prior to his leadership of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Churchill was on the faculty of Hendrix College, where he also served as dean of the college, vice president for academic affairs, and interim president.

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