Pacific Lutheran University
October 17-18, 2014
Submissions due June 15, 2014
Email Submissions and Questions to: email@example.com
The students of the Philosophy B.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University are excited to host their first annual undergraduate applied ethics conference in the fall. Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Philosophy has an emphasis in applied ethics, and this conference offers undergraduate philosophy students a unique opportunity to present work in applied ethics to fellow undergraduates.
Paper submissions to the National Undergraduate Applied Ethics Conference can be on any topic in applied ethics. All papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process, ensuring an unbiased review.
*Submissions may be on any topic in applied ethics
*Papers should be a maximum of 3500 words
*Please submit papers, prepared for blind review, by June 15, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, contact information (email and phone), the name of your institution, and a 100 word abstract
*Notification of acceptance or rejection will occur by August 15, 2014
Categories: Announcements, Events on Campus
“A Defense of a Weak Linguistic Relativist Thesis”
A talk by Juan Colomina-Almiñana
Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm in Wyatt 109
In this public talk, Professor Colomina-Almiñana will discuss the relationship between language, culture, and thought. He argues that some aspects of language mold some aspects of thought and that language could provide new patterns to adequately accomplish certain social interactions.
Juan Colomina-Almiñana is Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain. His research is focused on the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
Categories: Announcements, Events on Campus
Transforming Ordinary: Strike Debt Jubilee
a talk by Ali Aslam, Lecturer at Princeton University
5pm, Thompson 193
Is a world without debt possible? How? What would it take? What obstacles must be overcome? This talk will explore these questions and the Strike Debt resistance movement through the lens of recent debates in democratic political theory.
Categories: General Interest, Philosophy Major
In “Would you hire Socrates?” Scott Samuelson argues that although studies show that philosophy majors (and students of the liberal arts more generally) do very well in terms of employment and long term earning prospects, the value of such education lies elsewhere. Here is an excerpt:
Thinking of the value of the humanities predominately in terms of earnings and employment is to miss the point. America should strive to be a society of free people deeply engaged in “the pursuit of happiness,” not simply one of decently compensated and well-behaved employees.
A true liberal-arts education furnishes the mind with great art and ideas, empowers us to think for ourselves and appreciate the world in all its complexity and grandeur. Is there anyone who doesn’t feel a pang of desire for a meaning that goes beyond work and politics, for a meaning that confronts the mysteries of life, love, suffering and death?
I once had a student, a factory worker, who read all of Schopenhauer just to find a few lines that I quoted in class. An ex-con wrote a searing essay for me about the injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing, arguing that it fails miserably to live up to either the retributive or utilitarian standards that he had studied in Introduction to Ethics. I watched a preschool music teacher light up at Plato’s “Republic,” a recovering alcoholic become obsessed by Stoicism, and a wayward vet fall in love with logic (he’s now finishing law school at Berkeley ). A Sudanese refugee asked me, trembling, if we could study arguments concerning religious freedom. Never more has John Locke —or, for that matter, the liberal arts—seemed so vital to me.
I’m glad that students who major in disciplines like philosophy may eventually make as much as or more than a business major. But that’s far from the main reason I think we should invest in the humanities.
Categories: Events in Tacoma/Seattle, General Interest
The 2014 Food Symposium will be taking place across town at PLU. Among the events taking place April 2-5, there is a talk by Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge, entitled “Hunger Games.” Here is a brief description of the talk:
Since the 1996 World Food Summit, the world has been committed to halving world hunger by 2015. But the specification of this promise has changed from the Summit version to the Millennium Declaration to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These revisions have dramatically diluted the promise, raising the number of hungry people deemed acceptable in 2015 by 55 percent. In a final push, in 2012 (year 22 of the 25-year MDG exercise) the FAO revised its methodology for counting the hungry with the effect of raising the 1990 number of hungry people by 157 million and lowering the 2010 number by 57 million. This switch harmonized the hunger numbers with the World Bank’s rosy poverty trend line and enabled the FAO to proclaim: “The Millennium Development Goal 1 hunger target, halving the proportion of hungry people in developing countries by 2015, is still within reach.” As new development goals are about to be formulated, we must urgently learn the lessons from the expiring ones which have brought mainly cosmetic efforts and cosmetic progress. The very least each of us owes to the world’s undernourished people is an honest recognition of what we are doing to them.
“The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects.”
A talk by Aseel Alawadhi
Monday, March 24th at 6pm in the Tahoma Room (Commencement Hall.)
Aseel Alawadhi has a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Texas at Austin. She became one of the first four women to be elected to the Kuwaiti Parliament in 2009. She is currently assistant professor of philosophy at Kuwait University and is a visiting researcher at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service. She is working on a book on the Kuwaiti model of democracy.
Categories: Alumni, Alumni Interviews
We heard from Ben Malkin, who sent us the following update from Southern California:
I am working at my old elementary/middle school, right now as a middle school dorm parent. I am going back to school in the spring to get my teaching credentials. Ojai Valley School is in my home town and is a wonderful private school. Outdoor education is huge part of the school, we take the kids camping on the islands, go on rock climbing, snorkeling, kayaking trips, every 6th, 7th, and 8h grader must go on at least a 7 day back packing trip, and really anything outdoors to help kids grow. I will be working here for the next few years and maybe even long term.