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The Form that Freedom Takes: Foucault, Ethics, and Governmentality

When: Feb 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

When Michel Foucault asserted that “ethics is the considered form that freedom takes when it is informed by reflection,” he was not so much stating a fact as offering a definition. What does that definition mean when considered alongside Foucault’s description of liberalism as both a consumer and producer of freedom? What are the possibilities for ethics so conceived in the midst of global inequality and an increasingly unstable biosphere? The Form that Freedom Takes: Foucault, Ethics, and Governmentality - Read More…

The Politics of Voice: Ethics and Narrative in Research

When: Feb 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Where: 117 Osmond Building

What types of stories are we telling with our research? How are we telling these stories? Which stories are going untold? Formal IRB mechanisms provide minimal guidance on these critically important ethical questions. The purpose of this workshop is to further explore these issues by (a) examining the unique ethical challenges of researcher voice and standpoint, (b) using the case study method to explore ethical dilemmas in a practical context, (c) introducing key literatures which can help to address these questions, (d) offering tools with which scholars can reflect upon their narrativity, and (e) providing a platform for engaged discussion. The Politics of Voice: Ethics and Narrative in Research - Read More…

The Contested Posthumanities

When: Feb 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

This public lecture is presented by Penn State's Institute for the Arts & Humanities. During this lecture, Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, will defend the productivity of a posthuman future for the humanities, accounting for the tensions of our times in a grounded manner without being reductive and critical while avoiding negativity. The Contested Posthumanities - Read More…

Boundaries: A Seminar with Rosi Braidotti

When: Feb 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Where: 121 Borland, University Park, PA 16802

This seminar will discuss Rosi Braidotti's work in depth, including what she presents during her public lecture. Attendees will receive a variety of readings prior to the seminar. If you are interested in attending this seminar, please RSVP by emailing arts-humanities@psu.edu. Boundaries: A Seminar with Rosi Braidotti - Read More…

Public Health Ethics: Implications for Research Integrity

When: Mar 02, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: 110 Henderson Building

SARI@PSU approved event led by Laura Williamson, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Health and the Rock Ethics Institute Public Health Ethics: Implications for Research Integrity - Read More…

Workshop: Race and the Anthropocene

When: from Mar 25, 2016 9:00 AM to Mar 26, 2016 5:00 PM
Where: TBA

The Rock Ethics Institute plans a workshop on the topic of race and the anthropocene on March 26, 2016, and will host renowned scholars Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall. This workshop will also serve as a planning meeting for a second workshop on race and the anthropocene in Johannesburg (August 11-13, 2016). Workshop: Race and the Anthropocene - Read More…

A Schilling Memorial Lecture - Natural Freedom: Human/Nature Nondualism in Japanese Thought

When: Apr 01, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Westernized policies and practices in Japan have contributed more to the exacerbation than to the amelioration of environmental destruction, the nondualistic conception of the relation between humans and nature that can be found in much of traditional Japanese thought and in some modern Japanese philosophies may well help us rethink the dualistic presuppositions and false dichotomies that lie at the ideological roots of our ecological problems. We need to learn to think of and experience the world, not in terms of humans versus nature, nor even just in terms of humans in cooperation with nature, but rather in terms of humans in nature, humans as part of nature, humans as participating in nature. And this entails, I mean to show in this exploration of Japanese thought, a rethinking of nature, of naturalness, of humanity, and of freedom. A Schilling Memorial Lecture - Natural Freedom: Human/Nature Nondualism in Japanese Thought - Read More…

Annual Lippin Lectureship in Ethics - How should we distribute educational goods?': some thoughts about theory and practice

When: Apr 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Garden Room, 111 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802

The 2016 Lippin Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Harry Brighouse (Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison) and will focus on educational justice. Dr. Brighouse will discuss his current research relating to egalitarian educational justice, childhood, and education reform. Annual Lippin Lectureship in Ethics - How should we distribute educational goods?': some thoughts about theory and practice - Read More…