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by admin Feb 13, 2015

Job Talk: Technical and Ethical Challenges of Autonomous Flight

When: Apr 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Where: 225 EE West Building, University Park, PA 16802

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…

Rock Colloquia Series: Is the Cyborg-Athlete “Just around the Corner?” Or is it “Just Here?” A Tentative Approach to the Debate on the Definition of the Cyborg

When: Mar 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: Rock Conference Room, 133 Sparks Building

Abstract: In this paper, I provide an overview of the debate on the definition of the cyborg. In so doing, I identify two sides in the debate: the continuist approach and the exceptionalist approach. The latter regards the cyborg as a fiction being who has never existed, whereas the former conceives of the cyborg as a being that exists in our world. Then, I identify the main proponents of both approaches: first, in the philosophy in general and second, in the philosophy of sport. This overview is the foundational work for addressing the question of whether or not athletes should be regarded as cyborg. Rock Colloquia Series: Is the Cyborg-Athlete “Just around the Corner?” Or is it “Just Here?” A Tentative Approach to the Debate on the Definition of the Cyborg - Read More…

Workshop: Race and the Anthropocene

When: Mar 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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…

Rock Colloquia Series: Gazan Refugee Children’s Media Uses: Implications for Establishing a Children, Youth, Media and Conflict Zone Lab at Penn State

When: Mar 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: Rock Conference Room, 133 Sparks Building

Responding to research about children and media that has emphasized an analysis of the effects or interpretation by children living in peace zones of fictive violence, nascent literature about children, media and conflict, has instead emphasized an analysis of the effects or interpretation by children living in peace zones of non-fiction violence, or news. In this brownbag I discuss alternative conceptions for the analysis of children, media and conflict based on research I conducted with Palestinian children. Rock Colloquia Series: Gazan Refugee Children’s Media Uses: Implications for Establishing a Children, Youth, Media and Conflict Zone Lab at Penn State - Read More…

Rock Co-sponsored Event - We Shall Not Be Moved: Women in the Civil Rights Movement

When: Mar 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

In the narrative of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement the crucial role of women continues to be too often obscured. Based on her experiences as a staff worker with the student-led Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, the production of the 14-hour Eyes on the Prize series, and as co-editor of the memoirs of 52 SNCC female activists in Hands on the Freedom, Ms. Richardson will highlight powerful stories of the strong local leaders--many of them women and young people--who led and sustained the southern movement of the 1960's. Like today's Black Lives Matter activism, women and young people were at the center of that movement. Rock Co-sponsored Event - We Shall Not Be Moved: Women in the Civil Rights Movement - Read More…

Job Talk - The Global Food Trade System’s Impact on Local Water Sustainability

When: Mar 15, 2016 at 3:15 PM
Where: 202 Hammond Building, University Park, PA 16802

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…

Job Talk - Forcing Sex: Violence, Ethics, and South African Masculinities

When: Mar 01, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: 124 Sparks

Job Talk - International Water and Food Security:  Performance Evaluation and Assessment of Research Needs

When: Feb 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM
Where: 125 Reber Building, University Park, PA 16802