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24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable

When: from Nov 11, 2016 9:00 AM to Nov 13, 2016 5:00 AM
Where: Oak Building, University Park, PA 16802

The keynote lecture, "Critique and Disappointment" will take place on Friday, November 11. The Saturday sessions will take place form 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is free, but required as you are free to attend a subset of the Roundtable. Please register at https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aSskoJoUd0WzdP 24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable - Read More…

A Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture: Big Data, Ethics, and Philosophy

When: Nov 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Daniel Susser, assistant professor of philosophy at San Jose State University, will discuss ethical and political interventions in distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable uses of information that is collected about each of us. A Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture: Big Data, Ethics, and Philosophy - 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

This paper sketches four archetypal characterizations of how food will be produced, processed, distributed and consumed over the coming half century—a time in which all manner of social association will be influenced by climate change, growing scarcity of resources relative to human population and climate change. The archetypes are offered as scenarios that facilitate advance thinking at the level of total food systems, and are not represented as exhausting all the forces and possible adaptations that are relevant. They are intended to provoke a critical attitude toward certain presumptions that may be widely shared, especially among advocates of alternative food systems. The analysis places special emphasis on how each scenario reflects and incorporates a response to environmental sustainability and to food justice. Four Archetypes for Future Food Systems: Justice and Sustainability - Read More…

Film Screening: "Tower"

When: Nov 01, 2016 at 4:30 PM
Where: Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center

“TOWER,” an innovative documentary about the 1966 University of Texas Tower shootings, will screen at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 in the FLEX Theatre at the HUB-Robeson Center -- less than three weeks after the film opens nationally in theaters. A panel discussion, including audience questions, will follow the Nov. 1 screening. Film Screening: "Tower" - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours

When: Oct 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802

This collection of 75 one-minute plays was inspired by the widely shared -- yet hotly contested -- statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or police officer in the United States. Originally created and produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival in response to events in Ferguson following Michael Brown's death, the plays were curated from playwrights nation-wide. Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours - Read More…

From Abode to Dissemination

When: Oct 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

A keynote presentation within the "Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt" that will be presented by John Sallis. This polyphony is intoned around the original word for what came to be called ethics. This opening is sounded within the various texts that constitute its ambience. Return to this ambience is proposed as a requisite prelude to a renewal of originary ethics. From Abode to Dissemination - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event: 4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference - Reconceptualizing Rural Contexts

When: from Oct 28, 2016 9:00 AM to Oct 29, 2016 5:00 PM

This is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines and all institutions who study rural areas. New this year is workshopping sessions for those hoping to get feedback on unfinished or ongoing work. There will also be two keynote speakers! Registration is now open! This year, registration is FREE for all attendees, but still REQUIRED. Registration will close on September 30, 2016. Co-sponsored Event: 4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference - Reconceptualizing Rural Contexts - Read More…

Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt

When: from Oct 28, 2016 8:00 AM to Oct 29, 2016 5:00 PM
Where: 111 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Eisenhower Chapel University Park, PA 16802

The Idioms of Ethical Life is an invitation to think with the work of philosopher, Dennis Schmidt. Schmidt has argued that the transformative character of thinking that constitutes the ethical is a matter of the idiom, that is, it is worked out in the singularity of situations. For Schmidt, ethics belongs to the very nature of thinking, properly understood. Dennis Schmidt, who was actively involved in the Rock Ethics Institute, is now Professor of Philosophy at Western Sydney University. This conference brings together some of the leading philosophers in the area of continental philosophy to reflect on the importance of his contributions to the profession. Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt - Read More…

Co-Sponsored Event: Beating Injustice: Police Killings, Mass Incarceration, and Making Real Change Happen Right Now

When: Oct 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

A Rhodes scholar and the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP, Ben Jealous is known for being one of the most effective civil rights leaders of our day. However, it was not always clear that he would follow this path. In this speech, Jealous tells the inside history of more than 50 years of great civil rights battles, both known and unknown. He offers insight both into what our nation's greatest change agents have in common, and shows how we can all dramatically increase our capacity to make the world a better place. Co-Sponsored Event: Beating Injustice: Police Killings, Mass Incarceration, and Making Real Change Happen Right Now - Read More…

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…