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Job Talk: Mothers, Daughters and Siblings: Ordinary Ethics and the Reconfiguration of Kinship Affinities in the Wake of Sexual Violence

When: Feb 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: 216 Willard

This talk argues that the violence of sexual assault impacts the way sexual assault survivors negotiate intimacy with their kin. In the case that I draw upon in this discussion, members of the kinship leverage the power of the state to recast the ties between parents and children, and siblings. I argue that it often children who bear the inordinate burdens of violence within kinship networks, and who invite the state, through the legal system, to participate in the renegotiating of family relations. When the state does intervene, it is not the extraordinary events of formal prosecution or rape that necessarily comprise the event that (re)constitutes kin relations, but the ever-present potential of the law that is called on to negotiate family alignments and intimacies—the law is itself affect in these settings. By grounding my analysis in a fine-grained ethnography, this talk locates the kinship network as the a site of ethical practice in which sexual assault survivors and their kin seek to practice judgment, reasoning, responsibility, cultivation, and commitment while questioning social life. Job Talk: Mothers, Daughters and Siblings: Ordinary Ethics and the Reconfiguration of Kinship Affinities in the Wake of Sexual Violence - Read More…

Rock Colloquia Series: Positioning Penn State as a global leader in food and agricultural ethics scholarship: Research agendas, institutional capacities, and future pathways

When: Feb 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: Rock Conference Room, 133 Sparks Building

Penn State is uniquely positioned to become a global leader in food and agricultural ethics scholarship. In this talk, I discuss how my future research agenda builds upon existing research and teaching in this area while also expanding into new pathways. These pathways encompass the following themes: food ethics in everyday life, university-industry relations, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, food waste, food ethics among youth, methodological integration, and pedagogy. Rock Colloquia Series: Positioning Penn State as a global leader in food and agricultural ethics scholarship: Research agendas, institutional capacities, and future pathways - Read More…

Job Talk - Sodomy's Penumbra

When: Feb 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: 216 Willard

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…

Job Talk - Promoting Moral Development in Adolescence through Educational Interventions

When: Jan 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: 127 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802

There is an intensifying necessity for focusing on moral education in order to address pressing issues among adolescents such as civic and moral engagement and bullying behavior. Stories of morally great people are one of the most frequently utilized tools for moral education. Moral educators draw from these stories in order to provide models or exemplars for adolescents to emulate. However, previous social psychological studies have demonstrated that the mere presentation of moral stories may backfire, particularly when the stories present extraordinary moral exemplars. My research develops and tests effective moral education methods using stories of moral exemplars that maximize moral developmental outcomes while minimizing the possibility of negative repercussions based on developmental and social psychology and neuroscience. First, I conducted neuroimaging studies in order to identify which psychological processes are involved in moral inspiration induced by moral stories. This included a meta-analysis of previously published neuroimaging studies of human morality and a functional neuroimaging experiment focusing on the neural correlates of moral affection and moral motivation. Second, I performed psychological interventions targeting and tweaking the psychological processes identified by the previous neuroimaging studies. The purpose was to examine which type of moral stories effectively promoted the development of students’ moral motivation to engage in moral behavior. I conducted both a lab-level and classroom-level intervention experiment to test whether the intervention model could effectively promote students’ moral development in school settings. Job Talk - Promoting Moral Development in Adolescence through Educational Interventions - Read More…

Job Talk - Individual differences in moral judgment development: A social domain approach

When: Jan 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: 127 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802

Learning to appreciate moral principles regarding harm, justice, and fairness towards others is a fundamental task of children’s social development. While decades of research has documented normative aspects of moral judgment development, surprisingly little contemporary research has examined processes associated with individual variability in children’s judgments and reasoning about situations entailing harm. Drawing on concepts and methods from social domain theory, the current presentation will discuss research aimed at understanding the nature and implications of individual differences in children’s understanding of moral norms. This includes examining links between moral understanding and aggression during the preschool and early school years, as well as the role of psychological knowledge in evaluations of complex moral situations in middle childhood. Job Talk - Individual differences in moral judgment development: A social domain approach - Read More…

Job Talk - Moral Development and Social Exclusion in Intergroup Contexts

When: Jan 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: 127 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802

Children apply concepts of fairness and concern for other's welfare from a very early age. Exclusion of peers from different social groups (e.g., race, ethnicity, nationality, gender), however, occurs throughout development. In intergroup situations, children learn how to coordinate between moral concerns and their developing social group identities. This talk highlights instances in which children and adolescents apply morality to challenge social exclusion. In particular, focus will be drawn to the factors that promote the use of morality in intergroup peer interactions. Job Talk - Moral Development and Social Exclusion in Intergroup Contexts - Read More…

They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: Explaining the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later

When: Nov 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Competencies vs. Credit Hours in Digital Badges

When: from Nov 05, 2015 1:30 PM to Nov 06, 2015 3:00 PM
Where: Learn Lab - Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building University Park, PA 16802

This talk will explore an enduring debate that surfaces with each major advance in instructional technology. Digital badges are “evidence-rich micro-credentials.” Because they can contain specific claims and detailed evidence and can then circulate in social networks, badges have the potential to transform credentialing and education more broadly. Some argue that badges should only contain claims and evidence concerning specific measurable competencies; others argue that such a focus narrows education and bypasses the most important kinds of learning. The talk will summarize relevant examples and evidence from a two-year study of the 29 projects funded in the 2012 Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative. A promising “participatory” resolution to these tensions will be illustrated using badges issued in “Big Open Online Courses” at Indiana University. Competencies vs. Credit Hours in Digital Badges - Read More…

20th Annual CSLEE Values & Leadership Conference

When: from Oct 15, 2015 8:00 AM to Oct 17, 2015 5:00 PM
Where: Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803

The 2015 Values and Leadership Conference is a 3 day conference that will consider moral literacy and ethical leadership through a variety of subthemes. Keynote presentations and research papers will address issues in ethical leadership, ethics, and education from a variety of perspectives, across local and global contexts, and through consideration of multiple literacies. Unique to this conference is a focus on ethics and social justice in education, as well as discussion of ethical development and ethical leadership in diverse educational realms (from educational policy and administration to pedagogy and classroom practices). 20th Annual CSLEE Values & Leadership Conference - Read More…