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Randall gives keynote address at Houston meeting

November 11, 2003


An Austin Peay State University philosophy professor spoke in Houston in late October at the annual meeting of the Gabriel Marcel Society.

An acknowledged expert on the life and teachings of philosopher Gabriel Marcel, Dr. Bert Randalls talk marked the second time he has been invited to give the keynote address to the group.
November 11, 2003


An Austin Peay State University philosophy professor spoke in Houston in late October at the annual meeting of the Gabriel Marcel Society.

An acknowledged expert on the life and teachings of philosopher Gabriel Marcel, Dr. Bert Randall's talk marked the second time he has been invited to give the keynote address to the group.

A resident of Paris, France, Marcel (1889-1973) was a dramatist-philosopher of international renown. Many of his 30 plays were staged in major theatres across Europe, produced by university theatre groups and broadcast on the radio. He also authored as many philosophical works, and he was a lecturer sought after by audiences around the world.

This year, the meeting of the Gabriel Marcel Society met in conjunction with the American Catholic Philosophical Society and was hosted by St. Francis University.

The two groups met on All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

“Could this be evidence of Divine Providence?” Randall said, half-jokingly.

Randall's first invitation to speak to the Gabriel Marcel Society came 10 years ago. His talk then and again recently was titled “Chosenness to Have and Chosenness to Be: A Marcelian Apology for Peace in the Middle East.”
—Dennie Burke