Philosophers’ Lessons on Aging Lead Off A&H Events

What do the sages of antiquity have to tell a modern audience about growing old? More than we may realize, says William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy  by William B. Irvine, Oct. 26.

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber, Oct. 27.

The Wright State University philosophy scholar will lecture Wednesday, Oct. 26, about the Stoic philosophers’ advice on aging well.

The presentation is a collaboration between two UT Dallas centers: the Center for Vital Longevity and the School of Arts and Humanities (A&H) Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

“The Stoic philosophy of life may be old, but it merits the attention of any modern individual who wishes to have a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling – who wishes, that is, to have a good life,” Irvine says.

Irvine’s talk starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

Other A&H events this week include a fiction reading, concert, dance performances and art exhibit openings.

Fiction writer Ann Weisgarber will discuss her debut novel The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, which was nominated for England’s Orange Prize and the Orange Award for New Writers. In the U.S., her book has won the Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. Weisgarber will speak Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance hall.

Birgitt Bodingbauer and Simone Grindel, two award-winning choreographers from Berlin, will perform alongside UT Dallas students in the dance performance V.I.P.


Two guest choreographers in residence at the University present a dance program that will include UT Dallas students Oct. 27-29.

The performance, which is the culmination of a multiweek residency program, will run from Thursday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in the University Theater.

All events are free to UT Dallas students. For more information on any of the events, contact the Arts and Performance Office at [email protected] or (972) 883-2787.

‘Seriality’ Explores Repeated Imagery

The opening reception for Seriality, an art exhibition curated by UT Dallas Professor John Pomara, is Friday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building. The exhibits explores the work of contemporary artists who use repeated forms.

In conjunction with the Seriality exhibition, MFA student Laura Ehrich will be showing her work in the mezzanine gallery.

Duo to Play Prof's Compositions

A concert on Friday, Oct. 28, will feature the music of the University's own Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

The composer is a professor of music and director of the Musica Nova Ensemble at UT Dallas. 

Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi of the Clavier Trio and pianist Gloria Lin will perform.

The concert is at 8 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall.

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