URI coordinates 1999 International Berkeley
Society Conference Public events to be held in Newport
KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 8, 1999 -- It,s not a coincidence that the International
Berkeley Society Conference is being held in Newport this year.
George Berkeley, one of the most important 18th century philosophers
whose contributions are part of nearly every philosophical curriculum in
the world, became a familiar figure in Newport shortly after he stepped
foot there 270 years ago.
In recognition of the anniversary of Berkeley,s arrival in the state
and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Church in
Newport, the 1999 International Berkeley Society Conference: "The Legacy
of George Berkeley: From the 18th to the 21st Century,
will be held in the city by the sea from April 21 through 24. The four-day
conference has a number of public events that are free. (See highlights
University of Rhode Island Philosophers and Conference Coordinators Drs.
Andre Ariew and Galen Johnson, with support from the Rhode Island Committee
for the Humanities, the International Berkeley Society, Salve Regina University,
Rhode Island College, and the Colonial Dames of Rhode Island have organized
a program of events celebrating Berkeley,s three-year stay in Rhode Island.
The program will focus on Berkeley,s wide-ranging contributions to philosophy,
theology, economics, politics, and the arts.
Although the talks are free and open to the public, there is a registration
fee for participation in the banquets and receptions.
The following are highlights of public events:
Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m. at Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Raimy Leahy,
owner of Berkeley,s Dysart Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland will speak: "On
the Excavation of Dysart Castle.
Thursday, April 22, 8 p.m. at Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Maureen
Lapan, from Rhode Island College, "Berkeley in Newport and Ian Tipton
(president of the International Berkeley Society) from U. of Wales, "Berkeley
as Thinker and as Man of Action.
Friday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Trinity Church, William
Hutchison will perform an historical reenactment of one of Berkeley,s sermons.
Saturday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Redwood Library, Cora Gibbs, will
speak on the following paintings by John Smibert, Berkeley,s portraits:
The Bermuda Group, and Berkeley and His Family.,
Saturday, April 24 at noon, Ronald Onorato of the University of Rhode
Island, will conduct a walking architectural tour of Newport. The walk will
start at the Redwood Library.
Copies of the complete conference program can be found at Redwood Library,
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/phl/Berkeley.htm or at Honyman Hall, Trinity Church.
For more information, call the conference coordinators: Professors Galen
Johnson, 401-874-2812 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andre Ariew 401-874-2812 (email@example.com).
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116