AddThis Share2MEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] conference to celebrate Aristotle’s 2,400th birthdayHOUSTON – (Feb. 15, 2016) – After more than 2 millennia, the famed Greek philosopher Aristotle is ready to celebrate the big 2-4-0-0 in 2016. The 39th annual Workshop in Ancient Philosophy will be held at Rice University Feb. 19-20 for “An Aristotle Birthday Party.”Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityHosted by Rice’s Program in Classical Studies, Department of Philosophy and dean of the School of Humanities, the scholarly ancient philosophy conference will draw leading experts on Aristotle from across the United States, Canada and England. All presentations will take place in the Founder’s Room in Lovett Hall, 6100 Main St. The conference is closed to the public but media are welcome to attend.David Charles, professor of classics and philosophy at Yale University, will give the keynote address, “What is Aristotle’s Version of Hylomorphism?” at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 19. Hylomorphism is a philosophical theory developed by Aristotle that conceives being as a compound of matter and form.Aristotle was born circa 384 B.C. in Stagira, a small town on the northern coast of Greece. Together with Socrates and Plato, he laid much of the groundwork for western philosophy. A prodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle produced a great body of work, of which approximately 31 treatises survive. His writings span a wide range of disciplines, from logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind through ethics, political theory aesthetics and rhetoric. His thought has been enormously influential in the centuries since his death, and its impact continues to be felt today in fields as diverse as moral and political philosophy, rhetoric and communications, literary studies, and metaphysics and the philosophy of science.Members of the media who want to cover the conference must RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or [email protected] are advised to park in the Founder’s Court Visitor Lot near Lovett Hall. For a map of Rice’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.