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February 2018

PPE Talk: Richard Reeves

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Richard V. Reeves will present a talk based on his recent book “Dream Hoarders? Enduring Inequality and the American Upper Middle Class.”   America is becoming a class-based society. It is conventional wisdom to focus on the excesses of the top 1%—especially  the top 0.01%— and how the ultra-rich are hoarding income and wealth while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the more important, and widening, gap in American society is between the upper middle class—the top 20%— and…

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The Ethics of Self-Care

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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We commonly consider someone virtuous if they positively impact the world around them - but do we take into account the way they treat themselves? Join us as we explore the ethical dimensions of self-care and how it may (or may not) interfere with our duties to others. Then, stay for a "Self-Care Fair” where our cosponsors will provide the ways in which they practice self-care! Our Speakers Jodi Flick: UNC School of Social Work Clinical Associate Professor Abram Milton: Psychology Intern at CAPS Terri Phoenix: Director of the LGBTQ Center Our Co-sponsors Active Minds, CAPS, Career Services, Carolina Women's Center, The Learning Center, The LGBTQ Center, One Act, Paws4People, UNC School of Social Work, Student Veterans Organization, TWLOHA, and The Writing Center.

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March 2018

Speaker Series: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State)

March 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Accumulating Epistemic Power Abstract: In her, December 3rd, 2014, Salon piece, “White American’s Scary Delusion: Why Its Sense of Black Humanity is So Skewed,” Brittney Cooper labels the stupefaction many people have in the face of today’s Black rage an “epistemology problem.” It is a problem, she explains, of people utilizing inadequate frameworks for understanding “reasonable” responses to relentless state sanctioned violence against Black people. In this paper, I lend support to Cooper’s claim by outlining the accumulation of epistemic power…

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Speaker Series: Cass Sunstein (Harvard)

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University “As Judged By Themselves” Do people’s choices make their lives go better? Under what conditions? Consider three distinct answers. (1) In many situations, human beings face a problem of "navigability"; they do not know how to get to their preferred destination, whether the issue involves health, opportunity, or economics. This problem is especially challenging for people who live under conditions of deprivation, but it can be serious for everyone. (2) Many people…

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PPE Talk: Cass Sunstein

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

How Good Looking Are You? Brains, Optimism, and Climate Change  People are frequently exposed to competing evidence about climate change. We examined how new information alters people’s beliefs. We find that people who doubt that man-made climate change is occurring, and who do not favor an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, show a form of asymmetrical updating: They change their beliefs in response to unexpected good news (suggesting that average temperature rise is likely to be less than previously thought)…

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April 2018

PPE Talk: Sreedhari Desai

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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“Moral Symbols: A Necklace of Garlic against Unethical Requests” Sreedhari Desai, Assistant Professor in the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina works to understand "how, why, when and where social inequality, organizations and institutions interact." She is especially interested in how organizations and institutions influence ethical decision making.

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Ethics around the Table: Kim Strom-Gottfried

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Organizational integrity requires a commitment to shared values and norms of behavior. Yet what are our obligations when we observe unethical, illegal, or inappropriate behavior on the part of co-workers or classmates? And what strategies should we employ to address integrity problems, particularly when the situation involves differences in power, roles, and responsibilities? This session will address some of the opportunities and barriers for ethical action in the workplace, and use cases from academic settings to illustrate tactics for change.…

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Balter Distinguished Lecture: Agnes Callard (Chicago)

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Agnes Gellen Callard is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1997 and her PhD from Berkeley in 2008. Her primary areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Ethics.

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E. Maynard Adams Lecture

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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National High School Ethics Bowl

April 20 - April 22

On April 20 - 22, High School teams from across the country will travel to UNC - Chapel Hill to compete in the National Championships. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, moderator, or general volunteer, please email Dominique Dery, Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl, at dkldery@email.unc.edu.

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