At John Corvino’s lecture on Tuesday, he talked about the issue of homosexuality and the many moralistic views surrounding this controversial topic to students, teachers and many members of the community.
He used humor, Bible passages and many of the common arguments against gay rights to help push people to think a little deeper. He said most people who have a problem with homosexuality have a personal issue, and they just bring the Bible into it to help solidify the argument.
“Dr. Corvino is very big in our philosophy department, not just about gay rights. It was a great way to educate, especially in the area we are in. He doesn’t just talk about the religious views, but about not taking things out of contexts,” said junior Morgan Roberts.
Corvino has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and has been speaking on this topic for 20 years.
He is the department chair of philosophy at Wayne State in Detroit.
“I was excited to listen to Dr. Corvino speak after reading his essay in my ethics class. The talk was excellent, and the discussion afterwards was very insightful to the wide range of viewpoints of the audience,” senior Kaycee Wilson said.
He argued that homosexual relationships make some people happy and to say that it is ,wrong, you better have a good reason. He also said that relationships are an important part of our lives, no matter whom they are with.
Corvino didn’t just lecture; afterwards, he opened the floor to those with questions and urged anyone who disagreed with him to start a running dialogue with him. In doing this, he was able to get many people from the audience involved.
“I thought John Corvino’s lecture was a great event to have on campus to explain and to dispel misconceptions of homosexuality and how morality plays into this social issue,” senior Mike Miller said. “This insightful lecture had great anecdotal references to John’s history of lecturing about gay rights in the last 20 years. The question-and-answer session opened a great dialogue with students and people from the Hays community.”
If you were unable to attend this event and are interested in what was said, Corvino left a copy of his DVD with the library for anyone to check out.