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Writing and Reading the Latin American Other


Fiction writers often find themselves pulled in opposite directions. On one hand, many of them want to portray reality as carefully as possible in order to expose injustice. On the other, they have to cater to what their readers expect that reality will look like – otherwise, their work will not sell. That tension has played out in a big way in recent novels about Latin America. Writing and Reading the Latin American Other - Read More…

Wrapping Gifts the Recycled Way


In an earlier blog post entitled, "Taking out the Trash, " I mentioned that we are closing the loop on solid waste at Penn State by redirecting most of our trash to compost or recycling bins. In that same spirit, I am providing some helpful tips below for gift wrapping using recycling techniques. With a little creativity, we can continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle over the holidays! Wrapping Gifts the Recycled Way - Read More…

Why should I attend a lecture on Research Ethics?


The Rock Research Ethics Lectures Series brings discussion of key ethical issues in research to the campus community. These events bring up ideas that are relevant to everyone. Why should I attend a lecture on Research Ethics? - Read More…

Why a fractured nation needs to remember King’s message of love


The 2016 election campaign was arguably the most divisive in a generation. And even after Donald Trump’s victory, people are struggling to understand what his presidency will mean for the country. This is especially true for many minority groups who were singled out during the election campaign and have since experienced discrimination and threats of violence. Why a fractured nation needs to remember King’s message of love - Read More…

When “It Can’t Happen Here” Does and Will Happen Again


A common refrain after mass shootings is “we never thought it could happen here.” The idea is so common that Penn State’s Applied Research Lab produced a nationally circulating school security documentary entitled It Can Happen Here.[i] As a warning call, it signals to other communities that they are at risk and need to do whatever they can to prepare for violence. Implicit in this warning call is the hope that if more communities take the threat more seriously, then perhaps targeted violence will disappear. What would it take to guarantee security? When “It Can’t Happen Here” Does and Will Happen Again - Read More…

What Needs To Be Done To Assure That Ethical Principles Guide Climate Change Policy Making: A Look At The Bridge at The End OF The World


Although this new book examines the causes of an unfolding failure to protect the environment on a matter of a number of global environmental issues, this book makes a major contribution to many issues that have been of interest to ClimateEthics. It is a provocative book, but in the best sense of the word. It is a compelling exhortation to look deeper and more critically at the institutions, dominant discourses, and reigning ideas structuring and defining global environmental controversies-matters that for the most part have gone unchallenged by civil society including environmental groups. What Needs To Be Done To Assure That Ethical Principles Guide Climate Change Policy Making: A Look At The Bridge at The End OF The World - Read More…

What is the PEECh project?


In a recent interview, Michael D. Burroughs, associate director at the Rock, sat down with Monica Janzen from "Engaged Philosophy: Civic Engagement in Philosophy Classes" to learn more about the project and what students can learn form this civic engagement.  What is the PEECh project? - Read More…

What is it like to be a PIKSI Graduate Assistant?


This is a guest post by Asia Ferrin. Asia was a PIKSI Graduate Assistant during PIKSI 2012. What is it like to be a PIKSI Graduate Assistant? - Read More…

What is Ethics?


How can you move from ethical awareness to ethical action? The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State can help guide you and give you some tools to help in both your professional and personal lives. What is Ethics? - Read More…