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Dr. Bill Faw to give presentation at Oxford University
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Dr. Bill Faw is delighted about the opportunity
to be able to take part in historic educational traditions when he gives a
presentation at one
of the most respected universities in the world.
The professor of Psychology at Brewton-Parker
College will travel this month to Oxford University in Oxford, England, where
he will give a presentation
on alexithymia, a condition by which certain persons are unable to get in
touch with their true emotional state. The Oxford conference is sponsored by
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.
The opportunity to give a presentation at
one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world isn’t
something Dr. Faw takes lightly.
“In my ‘History and Systems of Psychology’ classes, I mention
the 10th Century development of ‘modern’ universities in Europe,
beginning in Bologna, Italy, and then soon in Oxford and Paris,” said
Dr. Faw. “These were attempts to recreate the classical university idea
begun in Athens, Greece by Plato and Aristotle. Attending and giving a presentation
at a conference at Oxford University places me symbolically, in a small way,
into the grand historical tradition of liberal arts education.”
This past February, Dr. Faw gave a smaller
version of the alexithymia presentation at a conference at the University
of Central Florida in Orlando. The conference
was entitled “Broken Bodies, Broken Minds,” and Dr. Faw was also
a member of a panel that discussed the alexithymia condition.
In April of this year Dr. Faw attended a
conference in Tucson, Arizona called “Toward
a Science of Consciousness,” which was sponsored by the University of
“At the Tucson conference, I presented a lecture entitled ‘Brain
Mechanisms on the Different States of Consciousness’,” said Dr.
Faw. “While there I was given the opportunity to write an overall review
of the conference for the Journal of Consciousness Studies which has just been
published. Being able to write a review for the Journal is an honor in itself.”
Dr. Faw presented the same lecture at one
of the oldest established conferences on Psychology in the country, the Southern
Society for Philosophy and Psychology
in Charleston, South Carolina. It was at this conference that Dr. Faw’s
lecture received international attention.
“An online editor from Guatemala saw the abstract of my presentation
and requested a copy of the text,” said Dr. Faw. “I sent the text
to him and he was able to publish the English translation electronically. There
are now plans to publish a Spanish translation of the same text.”
Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College, commends Dr. Faw for
his continued work in the field of Psychology and the contributions he has
made to his discipline.
“Dr. Bill Faw continues to distinguish himself, and Brewton-Parker College,
by speaking and researching on topics of high interest in the field of experimental
psychology,” said Dr. Smith. “He is a fine Christian, an able administrator,
but most of all, Dr. Faw is a gifted academician who contributes to the developing
knowledge in his discipline. I am proud to call him a friend.”
Dr. Faw manages to attend an average of three to six conferences on an annual
basis. His lectures have taken him to several locations within the United States
as well as to Toronto, Brussels, and even to Beijing, China.
Dr. Faw’s travels will continue in
2007 as he is scheduled to attend a conference in Budapest, Hungary sponsored
by the Hungarian Cognitive Science