Sept. 24, 2007
Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, will present “Heroes of the Coliseum” at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Reid’s presentation will be based on a chapter she wrote for the forthcoming book, “Football and Philosophy.” It is a comparison between the social roles of ancient Roman Gladiators and modern-day football players.
“What people don’t realize is that gladiators used the Coliseum to prove their social worth and to be accepted by the elite of society; modern college football often functions in the same way,” she said.
Reid has been at Morningside since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is current president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and is author of “The Philosophical Athlete,” a book published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press in Durham, N.C.