The Rock Ethics Institute sponsored and co-sponsored events are listed below. If you would like to view our recorded events or interviews, you can find that information on the respective event pages, YouTube, or iTunes U.
El Jones is a spoken word activist, teacher, and the Poet Laureate, 2013-2015.
El Jones, one of Canada’s hardest hitting poets and Halifax’s controversial Poet Laureate, will perform from her new collection of spoken word, Live from the Afrikan Resistance!
Presented by Dr. Brigitta Keintzel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna.
Presented by the 2014/2015 Alain Locke fellow Natalie Cisneros.
Where and what are the boundaries between scientist and advocate? The professional obligations of scientists sometimes conflict with broader societal and personal norms. Professor Philip Kitcher, a leading voice in science and ethics issues, will discuss the relationships between the practices of science and of democracy that develop at these conflicting intersections. Kitcher’s talk, part of the Research Ethics Lecture Series, will engage the campus community in a broad discussion about the roles and responsibilities of those of us who are both scientists and citizens.
Does this increase student engagement? Join us when Dr. Thomas P Seager visits Penn State and explains his innovative experimental approach to teaching professional ethics.
In New South Wales, Australia, a new kindergarten- year 6 ethics curriculum is being rolled out in public schools. The curriculum adopts a ‘community of inquiry’ pedagogy, central to which is the ‘discussion plan’. Discussion plans consist of logically sequenced questions designed to scaffold children’s thinking about the ethical issues under investigation. Issues range from whether it is important to keep a friend’s secret, at kindergarten level, to questioning appeals to authority and moral relativism in year 6. Following Socrates, ethical questions are introduced using an initial provocation, which generally takes the form of a story. We have been concerned to write a curriculum that helps teachers themselves come to grips with the ethical issues raised, while at the same time, assisting them to facilitate children’s philosophical dialogue. In this talk Sue Knight will outline the aims and guiding principles of the curriculum and, using examples, describe its content and pedagogy.