Fort Hays State University's Department of Philosophy will present its first installment of "Civil Discussions of Controversial Issues" from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Hays Public Library.
This year's first public colloquium will be a panel presentation and open discussion titled "Public Mental Health Care: Philosophical and Moral Perspectives."
The three panelists are Chuck Frankenfeld, FHSU assistant professor of social work; Dr. Eugene Rice, assistant professor of philosophy at FHSU; and Marie Shields, therapist in the department of screening and referral at High Plains Mental Health.
Frankenfeld has prior experience in the mental health area as director of social services at Larned State Hospital and currently serves on the Behavior Sciences Regulatory Board.
Rice recently concluded his doctorate at Marquette University, focusing on theoretical and applied philosophy of law and justice-related issues.
Shields is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist whose more than 21-year career at High Plains Mental Health Center has involved psychiatric evaluations, child abuse evaluations, child custody evaluations and constant contact with the legal system.
The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. with the first half of the meeting focusing on the panelists' discussion and the second half focusing on open discussion from the audience.
For more information on the series, contact the FHSU Department of Philosophy at (785) 628-4249.