Fall 2018 Past Lectures

UNCA Philosophy Faculty Colloquium Series

Department Chair, Professor Melissa Burchard

What Philosophy Needs to Learn from Trauma

Dr. Burchard will present some thoughts from her recently published book, Philosophical Reflections on Mothering in Trauma.  Trauma affects the ways that people experience, think about and know about the world.  If philosophy wants to be a field that understands reality, and helps people understand themselves and their realities, then it will need to acknowledge the realities of traumatized persons and learn more about what those are like.  Dr. Burchard will talk about what philosophy can learn from traumatic experience regarding matters such as knowledge, identities, desires, evil, and love.

Tuesday, October 16th


Whitesides Hall 118

Free and open to the public!


Spring 2018 Past Lectures

Spiritual Ecology Of The Vedas: A Look at Village India as a Model for Sustainable Living

Guest Speaker: Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall
This event is free and open to the public

The talk will look at the historical, cultural and religious roots of the environmental crisis. In trying to find solutions, we will look at other traditional societies that lived sustainably, and what we can learn from them. Of these, the world’s oldest city, Varanasi, and its surrounding villages will be presented as an example.

About Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla and some sample links to his music videos:

While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Dr. Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the folk traditions. His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other poet-saints as sung by his Guru, Pandit Kumar Gandharva. These songs belong to living spiritual traditions, some of which are over fourteen hundred years old.    

More on Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla at: