- Cullman, Alabama


April 29, 2013

Ole Miss Philosophy Scholar Dr. William F. Lawhead discusses living practical in the real world during Wallace State humanities forum

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College welcomed University of Mississippi Philosophy Scholar Dr. William F. Lawhead to campus for a humanities forum during the college’s seventh annual Arts in April festivities.

Lawhead is the Philosophy and Religion Department Chair at Ole Miss and the author of an introductory textbook, “The Philosophical Journey: An Interactive Approach,” that Wallace State utilizes in its PHL 106 Introduction to Philosophy course.

“To me, Dr. Lawhead is the Michael Jordan of philosophy. His visit was almost like a hero coming to hang out with you for a day. I believe he’s written the best intro philosophy book of all time, and our students really respond to it and responded to him well,” said Wallace State Religion and Philosophy Instructor Dr. Lee Walton.

During his presentation at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Lawhead discussed how individuals apply a practical use to philosophy – philosophy in the real world. Among many details, he explained that being practical means finding an efficient way to achieve a goal and then determining what goals are worthy of being pursued. He also said that learning how to handle ideas is practical and that words, concepts, thoughts, principles and character all ultimately lead to our actions.

Lawhead cited many historical philosophers and people during his speech, singling out Plato, Socrates, Epictetus, Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx and C.S. Lewis.

He also explained that many philosophy majors eventually enroll in medical or law school or embark on careers dependent on analytical reasoning or solid communication skills.

As department chair at Ole Miss, Lawhead teaches undergraduate courses in logic, history of philosophy and philosophy of religion and a graduate seminar on the Continental rationalists.

Lawhead received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wheaton College in Illinois and his doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin. In addition to writing the introductory philosophy book used by Wallace State students, Lawhead has penned “The Voyage of Discovery: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy,” “The Ancient Voyage,” “The Medieval Voyage,” “The Modern Voyage,” and “The Contemporary Voyage.”

After his speech, Lawhead visited one of Wallace State’s philosophy classes, answering additional questions.

“It meant a lot that Dr. Lawhead stepped into one our classes afterwards. He stayed for more than an hour answering questions. These weren’t easy questions. Our students asked questions that people have been struggling about for years,” Walton said. “Our students are top-shelf philosophy students, and Dr. Lawhead commented about that as well.”

Wallace State has a newly-formed philosophy club that meets on Thursdays at noon at the Burrow Center. For more information about the club, contact Walton at 256-352-8398.

For more information about Arts in April at Wallace State, visit

Text Only
  • WSCC patient care specialist BOOST program offers certification as Patient Care Specialist in one year

    Starting this fall, Wallace State Community College will offer a new health program aimed at helping individuals who are looking for entry into the medical field, or to change gears after spending time out of the workforce, whether from losing their jobs due to the economy, downsizing or other factors.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSCC HILL.jpg Hill hits the ground running at Wallace State

    Marcie Hill of Double Springs likes taking on new challenges. As an 18-year veteran of the education system, Hill has taught first grade, sixth grade and served as a reading coach to students and teachers in Kindergarten through sixth grade.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barnes enjoy Samford's governor's school.jpg Area residents enjoy Samford’s Alabama Governor’s School

    Students from two area high schools were chosen to attend Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 15-27. They were among 91 outstanding rising high school seniors from 24 counties who were selected for the two-week honors program.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • University of Memphis Reduces Tuition for Out-of-State Students

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a proposal that will significantly reduce the amount of tuition that out-of-state students pay to attend the University of Memphis.

    Under the new 250-R program, full-time undergraduates who graduated from a high school within 250 miles of Memphis will now pay $12,456 a year, an almost $10,000 reduction from last year’s amount of $21,768.

    June 20, 2014

  • WSCC students SkillsUSA comp 1.jpg Four Wallace State students set to compete this month at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

    Wallace State’s Technical Division has made it an annual tradition to send multiple students to the SkillsUSA national competition. This year is no different.

    June 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Dickerson chosen Boys State.jpg Dickerson chosen to attend Boys State

    Davis Dickerson, a student at Good Hope High School, son of Bruce and Jennifer Dickerson, received the American Legion Boys’ State award for 2014 from American Legion Post 4 Adjutant Don Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Southern Am. Legion Girls State.jpg Southern chosen for Girls State

    Miranda Southern, a student at Good Hope High School, daughter of Douglas Southern, received the American Legion Auxiliary 2014 Girls’ State award of $200 from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 Secretary-Treasurer Mary Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cullman students earn Martin Methodist College honors

    Two residents of Cullman County received academic honors during the spring semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.
    Brandie Overton and Darcie Wilson, both of Cullman, were named to the Dean’s List with a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

    May 30, 2014

  • Crisologo earns degree.jpg Crisologo earns D.P.M. degree from Des Moines University

    Des Moines University granted 539 degrees at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony, the 114th in the university's history, on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., conferred degrees.

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moon graduates from Southeastern Bible College

    John Clint Moon of Empire was awarded an associate of arts degree in leadership ministries from Southeastern Bible College Friday, May 9, 2014.

    May 29, 2014