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Campisi Leads Roundtable on Fast Food Thursday

March 9, 2011

On Thursday, March 10, Hartwick College will welcome Joseph Campisi, of Marist College, who will lead a roundtable discussion titled "Feast and Famine: The Technology of Fast Food." The roundtable will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, on the second floor of Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. A light lunch will be provided.

Joseph Campisi is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Marist College. He received his doctorate from Duquesne University, and his research interests include contemporary continental philosophy and the philosophy of language.

Campisi says, "Critics of fast food often point to problems like the food's nutritional quality and the industry's labor practices. Sometimes, however, a more general charge is laid against fast food that it is 'dehumanizing.' Using the philosophy of technology put forth by Albert Borgmann, I will try to make good on this claim. Interpreting fast food as a 'device' in Borgmann's sense will allow us to understand both the plenty that fast food affords us as well as the emptiness that comes with fast food consumption."

This event is sponsored by the 2010-2011 Consumptioncampus theme and the Department of Philosophy at Hartwick College. For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030