New York Times “The Ethicist“ columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah delivered the the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics on September 15th in the Kenan Theater at the Center for Dramatic Art. Appiah, a professor of law and philosophy at New York University, spoke about the importance of humanities as providing materials for moral reflection as well as sources of moral understanding and inspirations for moral action. This lecture corresponded with a new initiative to engage students in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel called Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities.
On Friday, June 3, the Philosophy Outreach program concluded its Spring partnership with Safari Scout’s first grade class at Durham Academy. We say goodbye to our young philosophers until next school year! Graduate students, Joshua Blanchard, Lindsay Brainard, Caleb Harrison, Macy Salzberger, and Lauren Townsend, as well as Steve Swartzer, Philosophy Outreach Coordinator, visited first graders once per week to explore philosophy concepts and questions through the medium of children’s literature. Conversations centered around topics such as “what is work”, “what it means to be brave”, and “what is an idea”.
If you are a teacher or parent interested in starting an initiative with our award-winning Philosophy Outreach program, please contact Steve Swartzer.
Jeff Sebo, Associate Director of the Parr Center, sat down for an interview with UNC Research about food ethics. This Fall, Jeff will will help teach an interdisciplinary class on food studies. To read the full interview titled “Platter Chatter: One UNC philosophy professor invites us to question what we put on our plates” click here.
Ájené Robinson-Burris, Parr Center for Ethics Undergraduate Fellow, was recognized with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 20th. Congratulations!
On April 15th and 16th, twenty-three teams from across the U.S. and one team from Canada travel to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to compete in the fourth annual National High School Ethics Bowl.
Jeff Sebo, associate director, was interviewed on WUNC’s “The State of Things” about the ethics of humor and navigating racial satire. The interview was in connection with the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor conference on April 9-10, 2016. Listen to a recording of the interview here.
Steve Swartzer, philosophy outreach director, was awarded the Early Career Scholar Prize in Practical and Professional Ethics from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Steve presented his paper, “Punishment and Democratic Rights at APPE Annual International Conference on February 20th in Reston, Virginia. Congratulations, Steve!
The Carolina Seminars Program, the Parr Center for Ethics, and the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) are sponsoring a special call for applications for problem-focused seminars focusing on ethical dimensions of diversity at UNC. This call is designed to bring the considerable intellectual and ethical talents of Carolina faculty and students to bear on urgent questions of diversity on campus.