On Monday, October 12, 2015, In observance of Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host a public lecture by philosopher, moralist and gay-rights advocate, Dr. John Corvino titled “Haters, Sinners, and the Rest of Us: The Gay Debate Today.” The presentation takes place Monday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. in the College Activities Center. It will be available by video transmission in room 115 at the Jackson County Center. It is free and open to the public.
For more than 20 years, Corvino has traveled the country to speak at over 200 campuses on sexuality, ethics and marriage. Combining philosophical rigor with sensitivity and humor, he challenges all sides of the debate to rethink easy assumptions.
Corvino is chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan and a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council for his work on behalf of LGBT rights. He is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage (June 2012) and the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (January 2013). Copies of his books will be available in the WVU Parkersburg Bookstore prior to Oct. 12 and at a book signing following the lecture.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is funded by a Diversity for Equity Grant provided by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and WV Council for Community and Technical College Education.