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The Lycoming College philosophy department will sponsor a lecture by Bruce Kuklick, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, titled "Philosophy in America, 1812 to 2012" Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Heim Building G-09. The event is being held in conjunction with the College's ongoing bicentennial celebration.
Kuklick's historical interests are broadly in the political, diplomatic and intellectual history of the United States; and in the philosophy of history. He has won several major teaching prizes given by the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.
A distinguished author, Kuklick has written several books. His most recent books are "Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger" published by Princeton University Press in 2006; a biography of African-American philosopher William Fontaine, "Black Philosopher; White Academy," published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008; and a political history of America, "One Nation Under God," published by Palgrave-MacMillan in 2009.
He has written two books on the history of philosophy in America: "The Rise of American Philosophy" published by Yale University Press in 1977, winner of the 1978 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in the Humanities; and "A History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000," published by Oxford University Press in 2001.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.