Gerber Institute welcomes Christopher Long for March 26 lecture

Mar 04, 2013

The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University will present author and Acting Head of Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University Christopher Long, Ph.D. in late March speaking on technology and liberal arts. Long will present “Liberal Arts and the Ethical Imagination” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus.

Christopher Long, Ph.D.
Christopher Long, Ph.D.

Long will deliver an interactive lecture that draws upon the classical idea that an education in the liberal arts is integral to living a rich and fulfilling life. With reference to Ancient Greek Philosophy and Tragedy, he will demonstrate how the capacity to imagine one’s way into the position of another is the primary virtue of a liberal arts education. Long will use Twitter to empower the active participation of the audience during the lecture to begin to cultivate the ethical imagination he argues is central to living a good life in community with others.

Long is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Acting Head of Philosophy, and Professor of Philosophy and Classics in the College of the Liberal Arts at The Pennsylvania State University. Long is the author of several books on philosophy, and is the creator and host of The Digital Dialogue, a podcast dedicated to cultivating the excellences of dialogue in a digital age.

Long has encouraged students interested in this event to follow him on Twitter, @cplong, and the event @GerberInstitute. Long’s visit to Newman and subsequent lecture will be branded with the hashtag #CPLatNU.

“The Gerber Institute is very excited to welcome Dr. Long as part of its 2012-2013 speaker series on technology,” said Jamey Findling, Ph.D., director of the Gerber Institute and associate professor of philosophy at Newman. “In addition to his outstanding scholarship in the area of ancient philosophy, Professor Long has been a pioneer in the creative deployment of digital technology, in particular social media, to build community within various academic contexts.”

The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies was created to promote dialogue about Catholic thought and practice in many different areas, including educational, social, and cultural life. For more information on the Gerber Institute, visit


This article has been revised to reflect the following corrections:
Corrections: March 15, 2013
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the location of the event. The event will take place in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center, not in Performance Hall.