Dr. Alejandro Santana, associate professor of Philosophy and E. John Rumpakis, professor of Hellenic Studies at the University of Portland, will discuss the “Importance of Aztec Philosophy” for the Ethics Lecture Series 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 18.
The free, public event will be at Fresno State’s Alice Peters Auditorium in the Peters Business Building.
Santana’s presentation will explore why Aztec philosophy is still a relevant study with a focus on how Aztec ideas could be brought into dialogue with the Western European tradition. He will also discuss how ignorance about Aztec philosophy connects to the marginalization of Latinos in higher education.
Santana earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Fresno State and his doctorate in philosophy at UC Irvine. He specializes in Greek philosophy and has also taught ethics, logic, socio-political philosophy and introduction to philosophy.
He was appointed to the newly-established E. John Rumpakis Professor of Hellenic Studies in 2012, a position created with a gift from E. John Rumpakis, Portland’s two-time “Realtor of the Year.”
Dr. Santana’s responsibilities include developing and offering a study abroad course in Greece and inviting guest scholars and experts in Greek culture to speak in Western Civilization classes.
The event is the final presentation in the spring semester Ethics Lecture Series and is sponsored by The Ethics Center at Fresno State with support from the Leon S. Peters Foundation.
For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Fiala, chair of the Department of Philospohy, at email@example.com.
(Copy prepared by University Communications news student assistant Alejandra Garcia.)