Professor challenges 'Us and Them' global outlook
The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture is the final in the University's "Tea and Ethics" series for this academic year. These public forums on ethical issues are presented by the University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. McKever-Floyd, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will talk about the modern climate of conflict that arises as a result of the "Us" versus "Them" model of engagement.
"Each day the media present a smorgasbord of headlines in which the 'other' is represented as our enemy," says McKever-Floyd. "Our world is littered with the results of this seemingly endless cycle of conflicts -- political, ideological, ethnic and religious. The Us-Them model seems oblivious to the ever increasing interconnectedness of global socio-economic, ecological and political systems." The professor believes that in order to transform global engagement in the 21st century, we must rethink the concept of "otherness."
McKever-Floyd earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Virginia State University and a Master's of Divinity degree from Duke University. He has been a faculty member of Coastal Carolina University since 1980.
For more information, call Amanda Price in the Jackson Center at 843-349-4149.