FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 12, 2010
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Lisa L. Rollins, 615-898-2919, or email@example.com
MTSU HOSTS HILDE HEIN AS PART OF ANNUAL PHILOSOPHY LYCEUM
Public Invited to Free Lecture, Discussion & Informal Reception
(MURFREESBORO)—On Feb. 19, author and educator Hilde Hein will deliver a lecture titled "The Responsibility of Representation” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 304 of MTSU’s James Union Building.
During the free and open talk, which will be followed by a discussion period and informal reception, Hein will discuss the ethics of museum representation, the role museums play in constituting the objects they seek to exhibit, and the possible consequences of this role for the educational value of museums.
Born in Germany and reared in California, Hein received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and has taught at Tufts University, Boston University, Holy Cross College and Brandeis University. She also has served as curator for numerous exhibitions and written several books on museum theory and practice, including The Exploratorium: The Museum as Laboratory (1990), The Museum in Transition: A Philosophical Perspective (2000) and Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently (2006).
After retiring from Holy Cross, Hein served as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she taught in Morocco. While there, she also worked in the Jewish Museum in Casablanca, describing that experience in Curator: The Museum Journal and The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. Her current project seeks to reassess the basic teaching of western philosophy in the U.S. in light of feminist theory and practice.
Hein’s MTSU lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at MTSU as part of its annual Applied Philosophy Lyceum. The purpose of the lyceum is to provoke philosophical reflection by bringing distinguished scholars to the MTSU campus to address crucial contemporary issues.
For more information, contact the MTSU philosophy department at 615-898-2907.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.