Thursday, January 21, 2010

2/6: Modern Friendship discussed at Sherwood

photo, Courtney CampbellCourtney Campbell
Friendship is a important relationship in human life and society. Some of us have friends we have known for many years while others make new and intimate friends throughout our lives.

There are different kinds of friendships as well, including, as Aristotle noted some twenty-five centuries ago, friendships of pleasure, utility, and virtue. Some people call anyone with whom they have regular contact a friend, while others reserve the term for a very particular kind of relationship.

Has the idea of friendship changed in contemporary society, especially given the role that social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace play in creating and maintaining friendships today?
photo, Lani RobertsLani Roberts

This is the focus of "Friend Me? Notions of Friendship in a Changing World," a free conversation with Oregon State University professors Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sherwood Public Library (22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood, OR 97140). This program is hosted by the Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities (formerly Oregon Council for the Humanities).

Campbell is Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and professor of philosophy at Oregon State University. His primary teaching and research interests focus on ethical issues in medicine, concepts of peace and war, theories of death and dying, and comparative religious ethics.

Roberts is a fifth-generation Oregonian who grew up near The Dalles in a house her great-great-grandfather built in 1868. She has been teaching philosophy at Oregon State University since 1989.

Through the Conversation Project program, Oregon Humanities (OH) offers statewide opportunities for civic dialogue and humanities learning with an emphasis on discussing contemporary issues through interactive, facilitated conversations. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that believes in the power of ideas and insights to transform communities. More information about OH's programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Teacher Institutes, Summer Honors Symposium, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at

For more information about this free community discussion, please contact the Sherwood Public Library at 503-625-6688.