CWUNews FeedNews Feed Ziegler Keller -- 1925-2014, 31 Jul 2014 07:32:33<p>Chester Ziegler Keller, 88, died Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Portland, OR.</p><p>Born September 26, 1925, in Buffalo Springs, PA, to Paul and Hannah Ziegler Keller, Chester was one of six children. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College (VA) and PhD in Philosophy from USC (CA).</p><p>His studies were interrupted by assignment, as a World War II conscientious objector, to a series of Civilian Public Service (CPS) detachments, including firefighting near Lassen Volcanic National Park and wrangling horses as a "Seagoing Cowboy" on three Liberty-ship transfers of livestock to war-torn Europe. Following his discharge from CPS, Chester volunteered as an agriculture instructor in China, through Brethren Voluntary Service (BVS) under the auspices of the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.</p><p>During his service with BVS he met Rosemary Holderreed of Oakville, WA. They married in June 1952 and honeymooned that summer spotting fires at a Forest Service lookout near Elk City, ID. In 1960 the couple moved their family to Ellensburg, WA where Chester joined the faculty of Central Washington State College.</p><p>Chester worked at Central for more than 40 years as a founder and leader of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and, more generally, in tireless advocacy of liberal learning while Central underwent its expansion and transition in the 1960s to a regional university.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Chester was the university's inaugural Distinguished University Professor for Teaching in 1979. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">From 1960 through 2004 the family spent summers in Yellowstone National Park, where Chester served as a seasonal ranger. His 45 continuous seasons made him the longest-tenured ranger to serve in the Park. Chester deeply loved Yellowstone and it is there that his ashes will finally rest. His embrace of the park fertilized his interest in ecological relationships as a foundation of spiritual and religious experience. He thought the National Park Idea was one of our country's finest contributions to civics. He ardently wished these insights for all citizens.</span></p><p>Chester and Rosemary moved to Portland, OR in 2005, where they resided until their deaths. Chester is survived by his sister Eva (Wagner) Wampler; grandchildren, Hannah and David Conwell and Suzanne and James Keller; his three children and their spouses: Kent and Teresa (Harder) Keller of Palouse, WA, Mark Keller and Sondra Storm, and Kristen and Bill Conwell of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by Rosemary, his parents, step-father Levi Wagner, and siblings, Grace, Leon, Mary, and Esther.</p><p>Chester's life will be celebrated at a service in the Terrace Auditorium at the Willamette View retirement community in Portland, Oregon at 11:30 AM on Saturday, July 26th. Memorial contributions may be sent to <a href="">The CWU Foundation</a>, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926, with note or memo to credit the Chester Z. Keller Scholarship.</p><p>Published in the <a href=";pid=171802996">Daily Record</a></p>Dr. John Corvino - Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:00 PM, SURC Theatre, 18 Apr 2014 16:55:31<p>On Tuesday June 3 at 7PM in the SURC Theatre Dr. John Corvino will give a presentation titled, “Haters, Sinners, and the Rest of Us; The Gay Debate Today.”</p><p>Dr. Corvino, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at Wayne State University, has written, taught, and lectured extensively on gay rights for over two decades. In this time he became a nationally recognized intellectual by debating prominent opponents of same-sex marriage and gay rights, including Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage and Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family. In this talk, Corvino draws on his experience speaking about gay rights to argue that dialogue and debate concerning gay rights is hindered by stereotyping and name calling. In order to make any headway in this debate, proponents and opponents must work to understand each other’s views rather than relying on standard talking points.</p><p>Dr. Corvino combines logical rigor with wit and humor and has been repeatedly nominated as one of America’s Best Campus Speakers by Campus Activities Magazine. He is the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality and co-author with Maggie Gallaghar of Debating Same-Sex Marriage. He is also a contributor to The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Advocate, the Huffington Post, and the Independent Gay Forum.</p><p>This event is free and open to the public.</p>End of the Year Barbecue, 04 Apr 2014 15:23:01<p>The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold it's end of the year barbeque in late May (exact date TBD) at Dr. Bartlett's house. Faculty, majors, minors, emeritus faculty, family and friends of the department are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for more information.</p>Film Showing: "Hannah Arendt", 24 Feb 2014 10:56:12<p>Please join us for a showing of the film "Hannah Arendt" on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the SURC Theatre.</p><p>Arendt was one of the most important political philosophers of the 20th century. The film focuses on her attempts to understand Adolf Eichmann's moral reasoning (or lack thereof) during the Shoah -- his official duties being the deportation of Jews, Roma, Slavs, and other "undesirables" to death camps and slave labor camps. Her conclusion, simply put, was that Eichmann was not acting out of some fanatical anti-Semitism but instead functioned as a bureaucrat who avoided the burden of thinking about or judging what he was doing. This idea of the "banality of evil" generated and continues to generate a fair amount of controversy.</p><p>Dr. Goerger and Dr. Coe will lead a discussion following the film.</p>Fall Student-Faculty Mixer, 03 Oct 2013 15:56:50<p>The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department is hosting a Student-Faculty Mixer on Thursday, October 10, 4-6 PM in L&amp;L 106A. Please join us for Pizza, Pop and Conversation.</p>Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Meeting Schedule, 03 Oct 2013 15:49:47<p>The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team will meet&nbsp;each Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM in SURC 140 - October 3 through November 21.</p>Philosophy and Religious Studies Club Fall Quarter Meetings, 03 Oct 2013 15:43:23<p>The Philosophy and Religious Studies Club will meet&nbsp;each Tuesday, 4-6 PM in L&amp;L 106A.</p>End of the Year Barbecue, 09 May 2013 13:45:28<p>The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold it's end of the year&nbsp;barbecue on <strong>Thursday, May 30 from 5-7 PM at&nbsp;Dr. Coe and Dr. Altman's house at&nbsp;603 E 4th Ave (between Walnut and Sampson)</strong>.&nbsp; Faculty, majors, minors, emeritus faculty, family and friends of the department are welcome to attend.&nbsp; For more information click <a href="/philosophy/sites/">here</a>.</p>Holocaust survivor speaks at CWU, 25 Apr 2013 08:51:35<p>Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger will present “A Survivor’s Story” <strong>Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the CWU Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall</strong>. This event is free and open to the public.</p><p>In May of 1944, at the age of 16, Eger was a classically trained ballerina and aspiring gymnast. Her dreams were crushed however when she and her family were taken from their home in Kassa, Hungary and sent to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp. She and her sister Magda were immediately separated from their parents, who were executed upon arrival to the camp.</p><p>Until her liberation on May 4, 1945, Eger survived through indescribable horrors, including suffering the loss of loved ones and severe malnutrition. She weighed only 60 pounds and had a broken back when an American soldier rescued her from a pile of corpses.</p><p>During her recovery Eger battled depression and post-traumatic stress. Instead of allowing herself to be pitied, she channeled her understanding of pain into achieving a degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. Today, Eger uses the trauma of her past experiences in her work to help others cope with their life struggles, including battered women and soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>Eger is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, a prolific author and member of several professional associations. She has a clinical practice in La Jolla, Calif. and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego.</p><p>For more information about Eger visit <a href=""></a>. Questions about the event, please call the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice at 509-963-2198.<br>&nbsp;</p>Winter Colloquium: Contemporary Daoist Approaches to Environmental Preservation, 04 Jan 2013 12:00:54<p>Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will give a public talk titled "<em>Contemporary Daoist Approaches to Environmental Preservation"</em> on Thursday, January 31st from 5:00-7:00 PM in Black Hall room 150.&nbsp; All are welcome to attend.&nbsp; Light refreshments will be provided.</p><p>Abstract from Dr. Dippmann:</p><p>The China Daoist Association, with its headquarters in Baiyun Guan (White Cloud Temple), Beijing, recently implemented an Eight Year Plan for Ecological Protection (2010-2017). Working with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, 69 senior Daoist monks and nuns from across China met at the first ever pan-China Daoist Ecology conference in Jurong, near the sacred mountain of Mao Shan. There they formulated the principles and activities to ensure that Daoist temples, monasteries and businesses begin implementing ecologically sound practices. This presentation compares those principles and practical steps in the light of traditional Daoist teachings as found in such works as the Daodejing, Zhuangzi, Taiping Jing, as well as sectarian writings from the Celestial Master, Lingbao, and Quanzhen traditions. What makes these principles distinctively Daoist, and how do they reflect the ancient roots of China’s high indigenous religion?</p>