The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University has announced a call for papers for their 2018 Undergraduate Ethics Symposium. Here is information from the Institute about the event:
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is proud to announce the 11th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium.
The Undergraduate Ethics Symposium will take place from April 19-21, 2018, on the theme of “Representing Disability.”
This symposium is highly inter-disciplinary. In addition to traditional analytic essays, we welcome submissions from undergraduate creative writers, artists, and filmmakers. We believe the arts are an important component to the exploration of ethics in society.
Scholars should submit a paper on a topic of ethical inquiry or exploration. Writers, artists and filmmakers may submit a short story, series of poems, short play, short screenplay or short film in which an ethical topic and/or dilemma is central.
The symposium is held at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, located in a 500 acre nature park. Participating undergraduate students attend seminars with visiting scholars and artists and also hear presentations on the symposium’s theme.
Students who are accepted to the symposium will receive free lodging and meals. Need-based assistance is available for travel. Submissions in all areas of ethical inquiry are encouraged and will be accepted using our online submission form below until February 9, 2018
You can find out more about the symposium and get answers to FAQs on our website. We look forward to receiving submissions from undergraduate students across the U.S.
2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
- Keah N. Brown, journalist and Senior Entertainment Writer at Cliche Magazine.
- James Emmett, Owner/CEO at James Emmett Corporation, a disability consulting firm
- Kevin Timpe, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College and President of 22 Advocacy, a non-profit advocacy group for children with disabilities
Philosophy and Beyond
Join philosophy faculty members and students to find out where philosophy can lead you! This event will feature a presentation, “From Philosophy to Law,” by alumna Maia Bernick ’15.
Philosophy majors are well-prepared to pursue a wide variety of career interests, because studying philosophy teaches you how to think critically, how to write clearly, and how to reason effectively. Philosophy majors do exceptionally well after graduation— the proof is in the outcomes!
Friday, November 3rd, 4 pm
Wyatt Hall, Room 109
All majors, minors, and all students interested in philosophy are welcome.
Pizza and beverages will be provided.
On Wednesday, November 1st at 6 pm in Schneebeck Concert Hall, SHOT will be performed by Spectrum Dance Theater. The performance will be followed by a conversation with choreographer Donald Byrd and the dancers. The event is free and open to the public. Here is a description of the event:
Through visceral and urgent contemporary dance theater, you are invited to contemplate the alarming and continuous murder of black people by American law enforcement. With the police’s ever-expanding authority, supported by recent rulings of the Supreme Court, we ask – when will it stop? “SHOT” is an unapologetic critique of the current American landscape, where black people find themselves in an intense cycle of fear, intimidation, aggression, and death.
This event is sponsored by the Chism Lecture in Humanities and Arts Endowment, the Matthew Norton Clapp Visiting Artist Fund, the Department of Philosophy, and the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement. This event is also supported by African-American Studies, Theater Arts, CWLT, and Gender Queer Studies.
The Department of Philosophy and the Environmental Policy & Decision Making Program are sponsoring a lecture, “Reconciling Environmental Heritage by Transformative Justice: Confronting Environmental Racism Century after Century” by Prof. Robert Melchior Figueroa (Oregon State University) on October 25, 2017. Here is an overview of the talk:
In this talk, Robert Melchior Figueroa will present dimensions of environmental racism from the perspective of critical race theory which provides insights into historical conditions that sustain environmental injustices. Figueroa then contextualizes the discriminatory consequences that recent environmental policies will have upon our environmental heritage. The talk will provide some overview of the current strategies available and those that need to be envisioned in order to address environmental racism and sustain the future of the Environmental Justice Movement.
The Environmental Justice Movement (EJM) is established as a grassroots movement that addresses the inseparability of social justice and environmental conditions. The EJM broadly identifies environmental racism as the unfair and inequitable distribution of environmental burdens compounded by the underrepresentation of people of color in environmental decision-making. Thirty years ago, the EJM claimed a signifying milestone with the released study Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States, sponsored by the United Church of Christ Commission on Racial Justice. The study investigated the ways in which environmental burdens, such as hazardous waste facilities and industrial toxics sites, are targeted at communities of ethnic and racial minorities, as well as poor communities, compared to white and/or affluent communities. Over the past 30 years, Toxic Wastes and Race has been repeated twice, and thousands of studies directly and comparatively continue to address environmental racism in the US. In recent years, communities like Flint, MI; Kettleman City, CA; and the Standing Rock Sioux, demonstrate continued struggles against environmental racism.
Robert Melchior Figueroa is Associate Professor of Environmental Justice and Philosophy at Oregon State University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. He is also the Director of the Environmental Justice Project for the Center of Environmental Philosophy. He has written numerous publications on environmental justice since 1991, addressing conditions and cases of environmental racism in the U.S. and abroad. Figueroa has added a theoretical framework to environmental justice studies and expanded dimensions of justice to address indigenous environmental heritage, Latinx environmental identity, critical disability studies, climate refugees, refugee resettlement, climate justice, national and international environmental policy, ecotourism, environmental colonialism, and gender/transgender environmental politics. Figueroa is co-editor of Science and Other Cultures: Issues in the Philosophies of Science and Technology, with Sandra Harding (Routledge 2003). He is currently working on two books and is editing a book series on environmental justice.
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Location: Wyatt Hall, Room 109
The Department of Philosophy is sponsoring a lecture, “The Perfect Bikini Body: Can We Really All Have It? Loving Gaze as an Anti-Oppressive Beauty Ideal” by professor Sara Protasi on September 22, 2017. Professor Protasi tells us about her talk:
“We often hear the slogan that ‘everybody is beautiful.’ But what does that mean? This talk examines two possible interpretations, rejects both, and proposes a third one. According to the ‘No Standards View,’ the slogan means that everybody is maximally and equally beautiful. According to the ‘Multiple Standards View,’ the slogan means that we have to widen our standards of beauty. The former fails to be aspirational and empowering, while the latter fails to be sufficiently inclusive. I propose a third view, according to which everybody is beautiful in the sense that everybody can be perceived through a loving gaze (with the exception of evil individuals who are wholly unworthy of love). I show that this view is inclusive, aspirational, and empowering, and authentically aesthetical.”
Location: Wheelock Student Center
In the next few months, there are several opportunities to submit papers for publication and for undergraduate philosophy conferences. Visit their websites for more details on submitting.
Students whose work is accepted to present at a conference can apply for a travel grant from the university. More details about student travel awards are on the university website.
Submission Deadline: September 11, 2017
Conference Dates: October 27, 2017 – October 28, 2017
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017
Conference Dates: March 29, 2018 – March 30, 2018
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017
Submission Deadline: October 20, 2017
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017
Conference Dates: March 10, 2018 – March 11, 2018
In a video presentation for Professor Tubert’s first year seminar Life, Death, and Meaning, Jordan Santiago Pearson aims to answer the question: can an immortal life retain its meaning?
Pearson spent several weeks in the hospital during the semester, so his presentation incorporates his personal narrative in regards to “meaning.”
“I found that an individual’s own desires give life meaning, and that as absurd as life is, it is only meaningless if one allows it to be so.”