Two Talks by
Citizen by blood of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
November 19, 1999
Hester currently teaches in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University and works for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, where he serves as a cultural researcher.
His primary research interest is Indian sovereignty, although he has been active in environmental issues since his youth when he won a Presidential Award of Excellence for Environmental Protection Services.
He is cofounder and coeditor with Dennis McPherson of Ayaangwaamizin: The International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy.
He serves on the governing boards of the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance, the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics.
The Bible and the Feather
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in 176 EESAT
What are the differences between Native American philosophy and that of the Euro-Americans? This presentation is meant, as much as possible, to be a traditional Native American talk exploring this question.
Ethical Pluralism or
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in 110 EESAT
Hester will argue that the pluralism presented in J. Baird Callicott's book Earth's Insights is at best a form of assimilation and at worst an attempt at conquest by Callicott's overarching postmodern scientific world view.
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