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perspectives06Perspectives 2006: The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series presents:

Mind/Body/Soul: The Holistic Quest.

Perspectives 2006: The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series will examine Mind/Body/Soul: The Holistic Quest. Sessions will be held Tuesday through Friday, January 17 through January 20. The series is free and open to the public. All events will be held in the UTC University Center Chattanooga Rooms (220).

The Perspectives Lecture Series is supported through the Witt-Bagley Endowment Fund established by Raymond and Florence Witt.

Tuesday, January 17, 10:50 a.m
Sunil Geevarghese, MD
Attending Transplant Surgeon
Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

An alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Geevarghese was a University Honors student. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in chemistry and from Vanderbilt University of Medicine as an M.D. in 1994. Geevarghese is currently pursuing the M.S.C.I. (Master of Science in Clinical Investigation) from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 18, 11 a.m.
Dr. Robert Wuthnow
Andlinger Professor of Sociology
Director, Center for Study of Religion, Princeton University

Wuthnow teaches sociology of religion and cultural sociology, specializing in the use of both quantitative and qualitative, historical and ethnographic, research methods. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he has written the books: After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s; Loose Connections: Joining Together in America’sFragmented Communities and he has edited Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Wuthnow directs a Lilly-funded project on The Public Role of Mainline Protestantism in America since the 1960s. He will speak on Creative Spirituality: The Contemporary Convergence of Art and Religion

Thursday, January 19, 12:15 p.m.
A panel featuring UTC and community representatives will discuss mind/body/soul issues. Attendees may bring a brown-bag lunch. UTC University Center Chattanooga Rooms (220)

Friday, January 20, 10 a.m.
Dr. Wendell Taylor
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
School of Public Health, and Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Houston and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Texas Southern University. He received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and an M.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. His research interests include health promotion in adolescents, physical activity determinants and interventions, and health behaviors in underserved communities. Taylor is extensively published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he co-edited a book published by the American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology entitled, “Health-Promoting and Health-Compromising Behaviors Among Minority Adolescents.” His topic will be Environmental Justice: Physical Activity and the Environment.

The Perspectives lecture series began in 1994 through a collaborative effort by the Student Government Association, Dr. Margaret Kelley of the Development Office and Rocky Renneisen of Student Affairs. The series was spearheaded by Raymond B. Witt.

Witt, a prominent attorney, a Chattanooga community leader, UTC Distinguished Alumnus, University of Chattanooga Foundation member and officer, and former editor of the University newspaper, the Echo, who desired to give back to his community and the University.

His wife, Florence, a prominent Chattanooga volunteer leader, has served as a board member of Hospice of Chattanooga, Partnership for Families and Children and Adults, Girls Preparatory School, and the First Centenary Church. Both Raymond and Florence were recipients of the Kiwanis Club Distinguished Service Award. Florence continues to serve on the Perspectives Planning Committee.

Parking for the lecture series is available in the parking garage on East Fifth Street. Free parking is available at Engel Stadium. Transportation from Engel Stadium to the University Center will be provided with a free CARTA shuttle.

For more information, please contact Shannon Smith, or call (423)425-4455.

January 19, 2006

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