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November 16, 1999

Sanders Announces He Will Leave In February For ECS

SIU President Ted Sanders has announced his plans to leave Southern Illinois University and has issued the following statement:

Everyone hopes for, but few find a challenge that fits perfectly with their interests and abilities. It has happened to me only a few times in my career. And now it has happened again.

Today [Nov. 16, 1999], the Education Commission of the States will announce my appointment as its next president. The Commission was established 30 years ago by statutes enacted in each of the states and territories. Its role in bringing together the key actors from across the nation to help shape the best of education policy in elementary, secondary, and higher education fits perfectly with my interests.

No organization in America can match the character, depth, and policy potential of ECS. I look forward to the challenge of making maximum use of those assets. ECS is headquartered in Denver, Colo.; the appointment is effective in February. Beverly and I have enjoyed our time here. We leave with deep affection for and, confidence in the future of Southern Illinois University.

For additional information, refer to the SIU web page:

Choirs To Provide Holiday Revelry At Dinner, Concert

Joel Knapp has been on campus for only a few months and already he's in the Christmas spirit.

The new director of choral activities has planned two holiday celebrations featuring the university choirs-the Concert Choir, University Singers, and the Community Choral Society-for later this week.

"These concerts should be the highlight of the holiday season in the Edwardsville area," says Knapp, referring to the SIUE Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Hills Country Club, and the Annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, also in Edwardsville.

The Madrigal Dinner, a first for SIUE, will feature pageantry and "lively" entertainment as "revelers" come to enjoy a seven-course meal surrounded with "all the pomp and festivities of an evening in Renaissance England," Knapp said. "Trumpet fanfares announce each course, and as the 'Lord of the Castle' proclaims it suitable for all guests, there will be food, music and merriment."

Tickets for the dinner are $25 and may be obtained by calling Ext. 2034. Reservations are required by tomorrow. The three choral groups also will present the traditional SIUE Christmas Concert at St. Boniface, performing a wide variety of music including Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, featuring harpist Darryl Coan, and John Rutter's Gloria, with brass and percussion.

Tickets for the Christmas concert are $3; senior citizens and students, $2; and are available by calling Ext. 2034.

Grand Opening. Health Services, Room 0214, Rendleman Hall, celebrated its grand opening recently to show off the new facility. Additions include a larger waiting room and a multi-purpose room. Two additional exam rooms were added, bringing the total to six. And, the pharmacy now has a separate waiting area, which allows for more privacy and confidentiality for patients and better traffic flow.

Dr. Johnson Cited. Lee Johnson, MD, physician director of SIUE Health Services, recently was honored for 25 years of membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Johnson was cited for his involvement in the organization.

Holiday Crafts. The 29th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair is set for 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1-2, in the Morris Center. Hand-crafted items including clay, weaving, fiber, fabric, wood, metal, glass, leather, graphics, photography, and paintings will be available for purchase at the holiday fair.

Signs of the times. The new electronic message boards-on University Drive, at the Route157 (east) entrance, and on New Poag Road-have been in place for more than a month and messages have been streaming across their brightly lighted faces on a regular basis. If your University-related organization has a message to put on the sign, here are the guidelines and a submission form.

Taking Simone de Beauvoir Seriously As A Philosopher

Editor's Note: What follows is a reprint from the Nov. 9 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education's website. Hypatia is edited by SIUE's Margaret Simons, professor of Philosophical Studies.

Many scholars no longer consider the works of Simone de Beauvoir a rehash of her more rigorous philosopher-lover, Jean-Paul Sartre, to judge from the articles in this special issue of [Hypatia] the journal of feminist philosophy.

First presented at two international conferences in 1998, the pieces indicate a "shifting paradigm" since 1985, when Hypatia last published a Beauvoir issue, notes Margaret A. Simons, who edited both volumes. The earlier articles assumed a Sartrean philosophical foundation for Beauvoir's The Second Sex, a thesis that has been "radically challenged by discoveries based on posthumous texts," writes Ms. Simons, a [professor of Philosophical Studies] at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

In addition, contemporary scholars are expanding what counts as philosophical discourse by reading Beauvoir's life as well as her writing. While a previous generation of feminists condemned The Second Sex as male-centered, Karen Vintges calls it an "exemplar" of contemporary feminist thinking. Through the "personal art of living," Beauvoir lays out a third path between the press for equality and an identity-based politics that stresses women's difference.

"She advocated the creation of identity as a project of positive moral commitment, whereas at the same time she criticized universal moral truth," writes Ms. Vintges, an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam.

In another article, Gail E. Linsenbard, an assistant professor at New York University, finds in Beauvoir arguments about universal human rights that converge with recent perspectives by African philosophers. "One particularly encouraging trend," concludes Ms. Simons, "is the readiness of the community of Beauvoir scholars to engage critically and fully with one another."

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