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Brownbag Series - Food Power and Food Ethics: Food Security in a Complex World

When: Nov 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802

There is a widespread assumption that the American food system after World War II was transformed—toward an increasingly industrialized production of crops, more processed foods, and diets higher in fat, sugar, and calories—as part of a unified system. In this talk, Bryan McDonald brings together the history of food, agriculture, and foreign policy to explore how food was deployed in the first decades of the Cold War to promote American national security and national interests, a concept referred to as food power. Brownbag Series - Food Power and Food Ethics: Food Security in a Complex World - Read More…

Four Archetypes for Future Food Systems: Justice and Sustainability

When: Nov 03, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Co-sponsored Event - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect

When: Oct 05, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: Lewis Katz Auditorium

After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils. Co-sponsored Event - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect - Read More…

Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice

When: Sep 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: 110 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16803

The lecture will discuss the tensions between the ethical obligation to respect autonomy and the ethical obligation to provide care and promote human flourishing. It identifies the question this relationship poses for bioethics, psychology, and the helping professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, and public health. The pros and cons of three ways to resolve this tension are considered: (1) by appeal to reason, (2) by designing or curating contextual conditions influencing choice (often called “choice architecture” or “nudging”) in ways that constrain autonomy but do not violate its core value, and (3) by appeal to relational judgment in communicative and reflective professional practice. Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice - 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…

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…

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…

Food System Fragility and Resilience in the Aftermath of Disruption and Controversy

When: Oct 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM
Where: 252 Ericsson Food Science Building, University Park, PA 16802

What happens when everyday understandings about food are disrupted? In order to answer this question, I conducted 6 focus groups and follow up-interviews with urban meat consumers. Findings suggest that disruption occurs if/when consumers find certain meat products to be potentially dangerous, disgusting, or unethical. When these core disruptive elements overlap with one another in the context of a single issue or event, the impact on consumers can be even more pronounced (as was the case with the “pink slime” controversy). In most instances, however, these disruptions tend to be fairly short-lived, particularly if they fail to engage consumers on an ethical level. Food System Fragility and Resilience in the Aftermath of Disruption and Controversy - Read More…

Should we mandate vaccination for your doctor, you and your children?

When: Nov 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Where: 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

The Illegalities of Brownness

When: Sep 03, 2014 at 6:00 PM