OΔK Last Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Jessica Flanigan, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies & Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law
The Omicron Delta Kappa Epsilon Circle is honored to sponsor the sixth University of Richmond Last Lecture Series which will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the Ukrop Auditorium Lecture Hall Q162 with a brief reception with refreshments in the Queally Hall Moelchert Commons Q160 at 6:45 p.m.
At this event, we will hear remarks from Dr. Jessica Flanigan, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies & Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law, based on the following criteria: if you were to deliver a lecture that would be your last, what would you say? During Dr. Flanigan's lecture entitled, "Meaning, Morality, & Regret," she will present on how the ancient Roman philosopher Lucretius argued that, since people do not regret having not existed before birth, it is also a mistake to fear death or to regret future non-existence. On her view, Lucretius was mistaken, and reflecting on the harmful nature of death can explain why life is meaningful and valuable. The harmful aspect of death is not that it makes a person worse off but that it frustrates one’s plans. Future-oriented projects are the primary source of meaning in life. In light of these observations on death, Dr. Flanigan will then argue that meaningful lives are lives that are invested in future-oriented projects, such as having children, contributing to collective endeavors, and participating in a community of ideas. To close, she will discuss the distinction between meaning and morality and show that reflecting on which projects are meaningful in our own lives can help us better understand and recognize our moral obligations to each other.
University of Richmond Omicron Delta Kappa Executive Board chooses a speaker who demonstrates sincere dedication to student development and contributes significantly to the academic culture at the University. Previous lecturers of this Series were Dr. Rick Mayes in 2009, Dr. Joe Hoyle in 2013, Dr. Julian Hayter in 2014, Dr. Bill Myers in 2015, and Dr. Jan French in 2016.