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August 2017

Beginning of the Year Party

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the start of a new academic year! There will be food and drink, and all are welcome - please bring your spouse/partner/children! The Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street, just a short walk from Caldwell Hall.

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Value Theory Workshop

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

An intensive one day workshop on papers in progress by Chris Howard, Yoaav Isaacs, Alex Oprea, Dan Shahar, and Rob Willison.  Information, including the schedule, and a registration form, are available HERE. This event is sponsored by the PPE Program and the Parr Center for Ethics.

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PPE Interest Meeting

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is a general information meeting about the Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) Program. If you think you might be interested in the PPE Minor, or perhaps the wide variety of PPE events we host (reading groups, weekend seminars, speakers…) please come. PIZZA will be served.

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September 2017

Women’s only Diversity Lunch

September 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Women's only Diversity Lunch with Guest Speaker Professor Sheila Kannappan This Diversity Lunch meeting is open to all women graduate students and faculty in the philosophy department. Professor Kannappan from the Physics department will talk to us about issues like academic grit, imposter-syndrome, trying to survive and be successful in a male-dominated field, overcoming fears about speaking up, how to deal with boy's club networks, etc. Lunch will be provided by the department.

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Philosophy in 15 Minutes

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at Gerrard Hall for an evening of food and drink, and "15 Minutes of Philosophy" with Markus Kohl, Laurie Paul and Tamara Fakhoury! Student presenters participating in the program are Gentry Fitch (Lesher Fund/PPE abroad), Shelby Soutter (Philosophy Club), and Tate Overbey (Phi Sigma Tau). This is always a wonderful evening, and lots of fun for all in attendance. Refreshments are free, and all are welcome - please join us! View & download the flyer  

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Talk: Justin Snedegar (St Andrews)

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

"Deliberation, Reasons, and Alternatives" Abstract: Many philosophers hold that normative reasons for action must be (perhaps among other things) good premises for deliberation about what to do. This opens up the possibility of arguing for certain claims about the nature of reasons from claims about good deliberation. In this talk, I'll first argue that deliberation is question-directed -- it is about answering a deliberative question about what to do. I will then argue that whether some consideration is a good…

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PPE Talk: Tyler Cowen

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tyler Cowen will present "The Complacent Class". Tyler Cowen is an economist at George Mason University. His most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream was published January 2017. He writes a column for Bloomberg View and contributes daily to The MarginalRevolution blog.

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Teaching Workshop: Giving Feedback to Students

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will explore the best methods of providing undergraduate students with feedback on their work, written and verbal. Panelists are Marc Lange, Tamara Fakhoury, and Keshav Singh.

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October 2017

Parr Center Presents: Laurie Shrage

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Contract Sex: Decriminalization vs. Legalization" Why are sex worker rights groups advocating for decriminalizing sex work, but not for legalizing it? In this paper, I will explain why efforts to decriminalize sex work deserve the same support as efforts to decriminalize abortion, marijuana, or non-procreational sex. Many human rights advocates now recognize that decriminalizing sexual transactions which take place among consenting adults in private, including informally contracting for sexual services, is necessary for protecting our fundamental human and civil rights.…

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Happiness and Well-Being: a one-day conference

October 14

Bringing together three experts on the nature of happiness and well-being -- Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), Carol Graham (the Brookings Institute), Dan Russell (University of Arizona) -- this one-day workshop is designed to bring participants up to speed on current research and issues in understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. No specific background presupposed. Open and free to all. Lunch and reception provided. Registration is required. To see the complete schedule and register for this event, please click here.  This…

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