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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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Disagreements, Intolerance and Incivility in Public Life – The 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - April 14 @ 12:30 pm

The second annual Symposium in honor of the distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003) will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University. Professor Waldron is a leading international expert on issues such as torture, hate speech, theories of human equality and the concept of loyal opposition. How do we sustain democratic practices of civility and loyal opposition when people are completely convinced that they have the true position on political…

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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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May 2018

Public Philosophy Workshop

May 18 @ 1:45 pm - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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UNC Public Philosophy Workshop: All are warmly invited to attend. Keynote speakers will include Anita L. Allen (Henry Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy, and Vice Provost for Faculty at UPenn), David V. Johnson (Senior Editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review, former Opinion Editor at Al Jazeera and Web Editor at the Boston Review), Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside; contributor to Salon, HuffPo, and LA Times; hosts for popular UnMute podcast), and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at…

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