Fritz Detwiler is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Adrian College, where he has taught for the past 35 years. He is a charter member of the Society for the Study of Native American Traditions and has lived among the Ho Chunk in Black River Falls, WI. His current research is on Native American ethics, with a particular focus on the Lakota, Tlingit, and Diné.
In his lecture, Detwiler will argue that if we are to take Native American lifeways seriously, then we have to address the problem of miracles not in Western terms, but as a window into fundamentally different Native American worldview assumptions. Using concepts that are closer to Native viewpoints—power, personhood, relatedness, and change—Detwiler’s talk will explore an understanding of reality that does not admit of miracles but rather beholds mystery.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater
2875 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311