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Continuing their fall semester theme of the “seven deadly sins,” the McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion Wednesday evening on sexual lust.

Dinner will begin 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street; no reservations are required. Led by neuroscience major Era Fuchik ’06 (Riverhead, N.Y.), the discussion will start at 6:30 p.m.

“I would specifically like to deal with lust in the context of a relationship and compare it to love,” she says. “Some of the questions I would like for you to think about and I hope will shape our discussion are:

  • Are lust and love mutually exclusive?
  • Can one change into the other (mainly lust into love)?
  • Is there lust acceptable in a relationship?
  • If so – to what extent – and what is its relative importance to love?
  • Do women and men feel lust to the same degree?
  • Is it object specific (desire driven by the act or by the person)?
  • Can lust be controlledshould it be? What about through chemical means?
  • If so, what is the age correlation – is it acceptable from certain age groups and not others? Why?”

Since 1962, the McKelvy House Scholars program has brought together Lafayette students with a wide range of majors and interests to reside in a historic off-campus house and share in intellectual and social activities. Weekly dinner discussions that engage the students in debate and exchange of ideas are the hallmark of the program. Most members also contribute to the annual McKelvy Papers, written on a topic of each person’s choice. McKelvy Scholars participate in activities together such as field trips to plays, concerts, and exhibits, and sponsor events for the campus as well.

Previous discussions:
Sept. 15 — Envy
Sept. 12 – Themes from A Clockwork Orange
Sept. 8 – Materialism, satisfaction, and poverty
Sept. 5 — Obesity in America

April 25 — Anti-foundationalist critique of philosophy
April 18 – Dark humor
April 11 — Cults
April 4 — Link between ethical behavior and intelligence

March 28 — Five Images of Man

March 7 — Idealized body forms

Feb. 22 — Countercultures

Feb. 15 — Eternity

Feb. 8 — Bisexuality

Dec. 7 — Anger toward computers and technology

Nov. 9 — “Unnecessary” crimes

Nov. 2 — Genetic alteration

Oct. 26 — Social construction of gender

Oct. 19 — Greed as an economic force
Sept. 28 — Value

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