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February 2017

Parr Center Presents: Emily Baxter, “We Are All Criminals”

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Emily Baxter is the Director of We Are All Criminals, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to inspire empathy and ignite social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, justice, and injustice, disrupting the barriers that separate us. Participants in We Are All Criminals tell stories of crimes they got away with. The participants are doctors and lawyers, social workers and students, retailers and retirees who consider how very different their lives could have been had they been caught. The…

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Philosophy @ the Movies: “Waiting for Superman”

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 2010 documentary "Waiting for Superman" examines different aspects of the American public school system. The movie serves as both a scathing critique of what is going wrong in our school system and a message of hope for how we can work to fix those problems. After the screening of the movie, Macy Salzberger will lead a discussion that aims to address the following questions: 1) What does the movie get right about the public school system? 2) What does the movie…

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Teaching Workshop

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Teaching Workshop on Discussing Politics in the Classroom Ram Neta, Jeff Sebo, and Lauren Townsend will lead a discussion on pedagogical issues that arise when discussing politics in the classroom. Topics of interest include: how to talk about touchy subjects, whether, as instructors, it is better to be neutral or to take a stand on current events, how, if at all, to condemn disrespectful (racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.) opinions students may voice during discussion, and how to ensure political discussions…

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PPE Talk: Jennifer Morton

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jennifer Morton is an assistant professor of philosophy at the City College of New York and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Rags to Riches: Change in Context and Deliberation" Pizza will be served.

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March 2017

Parr Center talk: Maryse Mitchell-Brody

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In a collaboration between the Parr Center for Ethics and the Campus Y, Maryse Mitchell-Brody will present "Working Ourselves Out of a Job: Liberation and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex".

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Teaching Workshop

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Teaching workshop on best and worst practices in prepping and grading (teaching behind the scenes!) Do prepping and grading take up all your time? Do you meticulously write 10 pages of notes on the reading before you feel ready to teach? Do you want to know how to write comments on student writing, quickly, effectively, and without sounding like a jerk? Are you interested in how your colleagues phrase their paper prompts to squeeze the best out of their students?…

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Department talk: Gillian Russell, “Speech Acts and Speaking Up”

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ethics Around the Table with Rachel Schaevitz

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Rachel joined the Program in Humanities and Human Values for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Public Humanities through Fall 2017.  She comes to Chapel Hill from Philadelphia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Media & Communication from Temple University, focusing on using media and the humanities as vehicles for social change.  While cinema has been her primary focus, with a  background in independent film production as well as an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University and BFA in…

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For Their Eyes Only: Ag Gag Laws, Body Cam Laws, & the Right to Know

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For Their Eyes Only: ag-gag laws, body cam laws, and the right to know Thursday, March 23, 6:00-7:30pm Many states are passing laws that restrict access to important information about public and private affairs. Two recent examples in North Carolina are HB 405, which restricts whistleblowing and undercover investigation in private facilities, and HB 972, which restricts access to police body camera and dashboard recordings. These laws raise many ethical questions. For example, does the public have a right to…

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Talk: Jack Spencer (MIT)

March 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Prof. Jack Spencer, from MIT, will be visiting on March 24th to present his latest work in the formal epistemology reading group. All are encouraged to attend. There will be free lunch! "The Forward Principle" According to David Lewis, an agent should defer to the future chances, so long as the information an agent possesses is admissible with respect to the future chances. I will argue that it is impossible for an agent's information to be inadmissible with respect to…

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