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The McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion on “Modern Religion: The Adaptations and Evolution of Faith in the Recent Past in American Society” Sunday evening.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street; no reservations are required. Led by electrical and computer engineering major Ben Doremus ’07 (Hopkinton, Mass.), the discussion will start at 6:30 p.m.

The topic is based on personal experience and background, notes Doremus, who encourages those planning to attend to watch the film Dogma as background “because it brings to light the way modern society views religion.”

This is the student’s first year as a McKelvy Scholar.

“I had been to many McKelvy discussions and met many of the residents,” he says. “I thoroughly enjoyed their company, both during and after the discussions. More importantly, I was looking to find an atmosphere more stimulating than the normal dorm environment.”

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. Sunday dinner discussions that engage the students in debate and exchange of ideas are the hallmark of the program; several Wednesday discussions have been added this school year. 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:
Oct. 17 – Capital punishment
Oct. 3 — Revenge
Sept. 26 — Suicide
Sept. 22 – Sexual lust
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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