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March 2017

Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary, a Play Through Letters

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ethics Around the Table with Rachel Schaevitz

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Rachel joined the Program in Humanities and Human Values for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Public Humanities through Fall 2017.  She comes to Chapel Hill from Philadelphia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Media & Communication from Temple University, focusing on using media and the humanities as vehicles for social change.  While cinema has been her primary focus, with a  background in independent film production as well as an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University and BFA in…

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For Their Eyes Only: Ag Gag Laws, Body Cam Laws, & the Right to Know

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  For Their Eyes Only: ag-gag laws, body cam laws, and the right to know Thursday, March 23, 6:00-7:30pm Many states are passing laws that restrict access to important information about public and private affairs. Two recent examples in North Carolina are HB 405, which restricts whistleblowing and undercover investigation in private facilities, and HB 972, which restricts access to police body camera and dashboard recordings. These laws raise many ethical questions. For example, does the public have a right…

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Parr Center Presents: Peter Railton

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Peter Railton, "Well-Being and Global Climate Change" Psychological research on human happiness has developed a vast literature on what is called subjective well-being, which is a measure that combines positive feelings and a sense of how well one’s life is going. This research spans many decades, making it possible to trace the evolution of measures of subjective well-being, and also reaches to countries around the world. The research has yielded both impressive regularities and a number of notable paradoxes. Might…

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April 2017

Parr Center Forum: The Ethics of Gun Control

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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In the United States, a right to bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, but there is disagreement about whether and how this right should apply in present social, political, and technological circumstances. This disagreement raises many ethical questions.  For example, does gun ownership decrease violent crime by deterring potential criminals, or does it increase violent crime by allowing more people access to violent weapons? Also, do people have a right to self-defense, and if so, do they have a right to bear…

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Difficult Faculty Conversations: Gender Equity in Higher Education

April 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Difficult Faculty Conversations: Gender Equity in Higher Education As college professors, how can we ethically and effectively resist sexism and cissexism on campus, in academia, and in society more generally? This question arises in all aspects of our work. For example, in our research we face questions about which topics to address, which scholars to cite, and which venues to publish and present in. In our teaching we face questions about which topics to cover, which authors to assign, and…

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National High School Ethics Bowl

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - April 9 @ 5:00 pm

The fifth annual National High School Ethics Bowl will be held at UNC from Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, 2017. Teams from across the country will travel to Chapel Hill to participate in the National Competition. If you are interested in serving as a judge, moderator, or volunteer, please email us at: parrcenter@unc.edu. Learn more about our Ethics Bowl program.

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E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities

April 21 - April 22

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June 2017

Talk: Sarah Conly

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Title: TBA Professor Conly is the author of of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (Cambridge University Press 2013) and One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a broad range of articles on related topics. She is currently at work on liberty: when and why it matters (and when and why it does not).     This event is co-sponsored with the UNC Philosphy, Politics, and Economics Program.

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility? The Challenges of Superhero Ethics

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of Science, 11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Steve Swartzer, Philosophy Outreach Coordinator, will be giving a public talk on the challenges of superhero ethics. Should you save your loved one and let the villain get away? Are superheroes morally responsible for the innocents they harm in their epic battles with evil? Can vigilante justice be just? Participate in a lively conversation about the rules superheroes should live by and some of the special ethical challenges they face. The talk will begin at 8:00PM in the Daily Planet…

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