SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College welcomes Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the department of philosophy at University of Oregon to campus on Wednesday, February 21. Johnson will offer a lecture titled "Thought Incarnate: How the Body Gives Rise to Meaning" at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center Pickle Lounge. Johnson has a series of lectures known as "Thinking about Thinking." Tickets are not required for this event.

Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles on the philosophy of cognition. Drawing on recent research in cognitive sciences, Johnson will lecture on the central role of bodily experience in how we conceptualize, understand and think. This new picture of cognition as embodied challenges centuries-old views about mind, thought and language that were based on a mind-body split and a belief that thought is ultimately independent of feeling and other bodily processes.

Johnson's lecture is sponsored by Roanoke College's D. L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Roanoke College is listed in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide as a national liberal arts college. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the mid-Atlantic." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.