Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Convocation Videos Available

For those of you who missed the addresses and conferrals of honorary doctorates, or who just want to see them again, videos of the addresses and conferrals of Samson Makhado and Fred Reinders are now available at

Monday, 16 July 2012

ICS Welcomes Jeffrey Hocking

Following four years of capable service in the ICS Junior Member Work/Study campus employment program, we are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Hocking as joined the ICS administrative team as Student Services & Financial Aid Officer. Working with Shawn Stovell, Associate Academic Dean & Registrar, Jeff's part-time portfolio focuses on recruitment and admissions initatives while serving as ICS' point-person for external financial aid granting agencies. Simply put, Jeff is a familiar and very welcome addition to the ICS administrative team.

Channel 229 is Moving

In order to comply with new federal law governing email lists and to keep the workload related to publishing ICS news and other communications managable, we are changing how Channel 229 email is distributed. To keep receiving Channel 229 and find out more about this change please visit

The last issue of Channel 229 will be issue 205, the mid-August issue. After this Channel 229 will become a periodic email digest of ICS News, which is our news blog; still twice-monthly but not given issue numbers.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Lambert Zuidervaart’s Essay in Philosophia Reformata

The latest issue of the journal Philosophia Reformata includes a new essay by Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart. Titled “How Not To Be an Anti-Realist: Habermas, Truth, and Justification,” it responds to a debate about truth in analytic philosophy, as formulated by Alvin Plantinga. Zuidervaart proposes a new understanding of propositional truth, one that emphasizes the interdependence between “mind” and “object” and their multidimensional character. The essay, which arises from Lambert’s keynote address at ICS’s Truth Matters Conference in 2010, appears in Philosophia Reformata 77 (2012): 1-18.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Doug Blomberg Presenting Paper in Finland

Senior Member Doug Blomberg will be participating in the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values from July 29 to August 3. The theme of this year's conference is "Respecting History and Remembrance in Religious Education Research". Doug will present a paper titled "A Narrational, Multi-dimensional Approach to Religious Education Research". (It so happens that the conference will be held in Turku, Finland, where Doug's great-grandfather hailed from.)

Ron Kuipers New Director of CPRSE

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Kuipers as Director of our Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics, and Dr. Allyson Carr as Associate Director. Ron takes over from Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart, who served as Founding Director in 2010–2012.

Ron is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at ICS. Together Ron and Allyson hope to follow up on the strong start the Research Centre has achieved under Lambert Zuidervaart's direction, continuing to promote intellectual dialogue in various contexts at the boundaries of philosophy, religion, and social ethics.

The Centre is dedicated to research at the intersection of interdisciplinary philosophy, inter-religious dialogue and social ethics. It organized the recent conference on Social Justice and Human Rights, and it plans to sponsor major collaborative research projects in the future.

Shannon Hoff in Italy

Senior Member Shannon Hoff is going to Città di Castello in Italy from July 8-29 to attend the Collegium Phaenomenologicum. This is a three-week program called “On the Question of Life in Ancient Greek Philosophy”. This program consists of a series of lectures and seminars.