Guest Speakers

Dr. Steve Campbell

Stephen M. Campbell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University and an Instructor for the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2012 and did postdoctoral work at Coe College and University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Stephen is also an alumnus of UT-Martin and a former Governor's School counselor. His primary research interests are ethical theory, bioethics, and philosophy of disability. His published work has appeared in Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Utilitas, Journal of Applied Philosophy, American Journal of Bioethics, Hume Studies, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being. Currently, he is working on projects concerning the concept of well-being, the good death, moral distress, and the ethics of prenatal genetic screening and selective abortion for disabilities.

Robert Valentine

Robert Valentine began his life-long study of Mark Twain in 1973 when he adapted a short story for the stage. Since then, he has performed his interpretation of the iconic writer and storyteller more than 2,000 times on three continents.


A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is the author of 4 books and several plays including “Edison: A Man,” which premiered at the 1982 World’s Fair. He served for 10 years as the Director of the Storytelling Tour for the National Scouting Museum where he continued to develop the storytelling skills he learned from his study of Twain’s work.


He teaches at Murray State University in Advertising and is the Coordinator for Basic Studies in Mass Communication. He continues to perform on stage, for television and on film, recently appearing in the film, “Revelation Trail.”


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General Information

The Governor's School for the Humanities is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Education.

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