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Events

Previous Schilling Lectures

The Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture on Science, Technology, and Society focuses on the connection among ethics, science, technology, and the human condition, and honors the memory of Dr. Schilling, physicist, professor, and former dean of the Graduate School at Penn State.  Dr. Schilling was also president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (1948–49).  His physics research included work on supersonic signaling for the Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, and in his later years, he turned to the connection between science and religion.

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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…

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…

What Makes Food Good? The Terrain of Food Ethics and the Agrarian Tradition

When: Aug 05, 2011 at 1:15 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

The potential scope for food ethics extends from questions about diet, health and the safety of foods to broader issues that connect cultural identity to farming methods and native soils. What Makes Food Good? The Terrain of Food Ethics and the Agrarian Tradition - Read More…