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Philosophy and Religious Studies Club: stimulating student minds

Former NASA employee Dr. Cherilynn Morrow is coming to VSU on March 26 to speak for the Philosophy and Religious Studies Club. Morrow, currently a professor of physics and astronomy at Georgia State University, has been speaking to people about the importance of art and religion in science. This is not the club’s first event, either; unique speakers and entertainers, like Morrow, have headlined in the past. Topics have covered everything from abortion to vegan philosophy.
Every other Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., the Philosophy and Religious Studies Club can be found in the Ashley Hall Rotunda. Along with brainstorming for new ideas, members often provide the club with discussion topics to stimulate their minds. Each member who presents a topic is allowed to give their opinion to stir conversation, but there must be factual, objective research so that the presentation remains informative.
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Club is led by president Victoria King, vice-president Kelly Strickland, and its faculty advisor, Prof. Cristobal Serrán-Pagán. “The club has been growing up every year,” says Serrán-Pagán. After coming to Valdosta State three years ago, Prof. Serrán-Pagán took over the club, formerly known as “Plato’s Cave,” and has helped rebuild it.
Kelly Strickland, who has been with the club for two years, recounts her favorite event being the presentation on sexual ethics. “I liked how lively it was. We had an unbelievable turn-out; I’m pretty sure we broke the fire code with all those people.” Through fundraising, generous donations, and an active membership, the club hopes for the same results in the future.
Alongside Dr. Morrow’s many achievements in teaching and at NASA, she is also an accomplished musician. Through song and poetry, Dr. Morrow teaches about “The Role of Art and Religion in Science Education,” and is bringing her talents to VSU, free of charge, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 26, in the Student Union Theatre. After her presentation, the following Monday, March 29, Dr. Morrow plans to lecture in different classes on campus.
This is Prof. Serrán-Pagán’s final semester as the faculty advisor for the club. “This event is like me trying to close with a good note.” In the fall, the position will be given to a new professor coming to Valdosta State. Prof. Serrán-Pagán wants to assure the club receives the recognition it deserves and can attract more members.

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