Chautauqua Series Features EKU's Pianalto “Finding Time for Patience in a Busy World”

Published on March 02, 2020

The next segment in the Chautauqua Lecture Series features Eastern Kentucky University Professor, Matthew Pianalto discussing “Finding Time for Patience in a Busy World.” This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30pm in O’Donnell Hall, in the Whitlock Building.

Pianalto teaches introductory ethics, philosophy, Animal Ethics, and Environmental Ethics, as well as Honors Rhetoric and topical seminars such as “Sound and Sense: How Music Means” with the Honors Program. In 2015, he was named EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year. 

He is the author of 20 articles and essays, as well as the philosophical monograph, On Patience, which was published by Lexington Books in 2016. In 2012, his essay on “Moral Courage and Facing Others” was selected as the winner of the inaugural Robert Papazian Annual Essay Prize on Themes from Ethics and Political Philosophy by the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Another piece of his, “Ethics Beyond Sentience” was included in The Chautauqua Journal Vol. 1 (2016). 

Currently, he is working on a book chapter about Ludwig Wittgenstein and animal ethics and plans to do more writing about the philosophy of music. Pianalto also plays the banjo and has performed locally as a solo act and with string bands. In 2018, he released an album titled, Down Creek.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and the Honors Program.

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