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March 2017

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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August 2017

Interested in the Parr Center?

August 24 @ 7:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 year! The Parr Center has an air of excitement as we impatiently await the return of our students and friends. This year we are hosting a student interest meeting on Thursday 8/24 at 7PM in Caldwell room #213. This meeting will be for those who wish to become more involved with the Parr Center and want to apply to the fellows program. We are looking for all kinds of students- especially with varying interests (including graphic…

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Value Theory Workshop

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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An intensive one day workshop on papers in progress by Chris Howard, Yoaav Isaacs, Alex Oprea, Dan Shahar, and Rob Willison. Information about the schedule and a registration form is available HERE. This event is sponsored by the PPE Program and the Parr Center for Ethics.  

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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Information Meeting

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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