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Dennis Hiebert -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Feb 08 2020 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

“The Social Construction of Reality: How it Works and How it’s True”
Dennis Hiebert, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2020, a community service for the general public. Admission is free - no registration is required.

The world humans inhabit has at least two dimensions: the physical and the cultural. The physical includes our human bodies and all that exists in nature apart from them. The cultural includes our knowledge, beliefs, values, norms, technologies, and social institutions. Together, they comprise our shared, lived reality which we experience as objectively factual and subjectively meaningful, independent of our own volition. The “social construction of reality” is the understanding that society is creatively invented and actively produced by humans, not something given to humans. It is concerned with whatever passes for knowledge in a society, regardless of its ultimate (in)validity, by whatever criteria. So by what processes does social construction happen? How should it be evaluated? And what are its implications for religion?

Dennis Hiebert (PhD, University of Manitoba) is the Providence Department Head of Arts and Sciences. He is also editor of the Journal of Sociology and Christianity, a past president of the Christian Sociological Association, and the author of Rationality, Humility, and Spirituality in Christian Life (Cascade, 2020).