March 5, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Jerrold Levinson, a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, will give a talk on “Jazz Vocal Improvisation: A Philosophical Interpretation” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, Levinson’s talk is free and open to the public.

Levinson’s philosophical interests are in aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics and philosophy of mind. He has written extensively on the definition of art, expression in music, emotional response to art, the nature of literary interpretation and the ontology of artworks.

Levinson has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism since 1993, and has been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, the University of London, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the Université de Rennes in France, the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland. A past president of the American Society for Aesthetics and general editor of the Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (2003), Levinson is most recently the author of Contemplating Art (2006), a collection of essays.

The Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science was established in 1983 by Carol Micken and John I. Forry ’66 to promote the study of philosophical issues arising out of new developments in the sciences, including mathematics, and issues in the philosophy and history of science.