What's the true meaning of humanism?

Randall Poole

Randall Poole

A renowned St. Scholastica history professor will give a free public presentation about humanism at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

Randall A. Poole will speak on the topic: "The True Meaning of Humanism." The presentation is sponsored by the College's Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice speaker series. Poole is appearing in place of theologian David Bentley Hart, who was originally scheduled. This event concludes the series.

Poole said his topic is a perfect fit for this year's series theme: "Is Religion a Force for Good or for Ill?"

"Ever since the Renaissance, humanism has been one of the great movements in modern intellectual history," Poole said. "Humanism is about the defense and promotion of human values and well-being. Does religion help or hinder humanism? Is it a force for good or ill? That question is at the center of the controversy over humanism."

To get the latest information on next year's speaker series, visit spotlight.css.edu, St. Scholastica's one-stop shop for arts and lectures information and tickets.

Poole is a professor of history at St. Scholastica. His research areas include Russian and European intellectual history, the history of ideas and the history of philosophical and religious thought. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Stanford University, Columbia University, and elsewhere.