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Masking the Meaningful

When: Mar 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Why do citizens of the societies we count as democracies fail to react to catastrophic threats? Because those societies aren’t genuine democracies. Electoral choices fail to correspond to the voters’ interests, and citizens cannot identify what is of most concern to them. Climate change is a striking example of this phenomenon. Professor Philip Kitcher, a leading voice in science and ethics issues, will discuss the relationships between the practices of science and of democracy that develop at these conflicting intersections. Kitcher’s talk, part of the Research Ethics Lecture Series, will engage the campus community in a broad discussion about the roles and responsibilities of those of us who are both scientists and citizens. Masking the Meaningful - 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

Lost For Life Screening

When: Apr 02, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Institutionalized Children - The Medical Community's Guinea Pigs of Choice during the 20th Century

When: Oct 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Where: 201 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802

Though often cited as our most precious resource and dearest commodity, children – particularly those institutionalized in orphanages, mental asylums, and warehouses for the “feebleminded” – were often sought out by physicians and medical researchers as test subjects for experimentation. Institutionalized Children - The Medical Community's Guinea Pigs of Choice during the 20th Century - Read More…

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, COP 17

When: Nov 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Where: Durban, South Africa

"Gender and Climate Change: Women, Research, and Action" Conference

When: from Sep 15, 2011 8:00 AM to Sep 16, 2011 11:00 AM
Where: Monash Centre, Prato, Italy

A Conversation with Meave Leakey

When: Apr 02, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Global Warming: Equine Emissions, Ethics, and Opportunities

When: Apr 26, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room

Richard B. Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Penn State Global Warming: Equine Emissions, Ethics, and Opportunities - Read More…