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Dr. David W. Goldberg Earns 2017-18 Henderson Lectureship Award

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Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017

Dr. David W. Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, has earned the 2017-2018 Henderson Lectureship Award. Goldberg joined the Westminster faculty in 2002. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Philosophy and was awarded a Philosophy from Duquesne University.

Goldberg will present his lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. His lecture focuses on the integration of Nietzche’s three historical perspectives (monumental, antiquarian and critical) and how they can be exemplified in Shorin ryu, an Okinawan system of Karate.

“Vibrant and lively martial art systems survive on this integration of the monumental, antiquarian and perspectives,” says Goldberg. “My contention is that without such integration, a ryu will stagnate, for life for Nietzsche is, as Heraclitus suggested so long ago, always in flux.”

Goldberg’s research in this area has led to publications and presentations that he plans to continue.

“This is an ongoing project, integrating two aspects of my own life that are passions for me,” says Goldberg. “I seek to share [my research] with my colleagues in the hope they will critique my position, which can only help me clarify and expand the project”.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A faculty committee chooses the winner.

For more information, contact Gabriella Budai at or 724-946-7122.