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by admin Mar 30, 2015

2010 Stand Up Award Recipient Peggy Styles


It would be nice to believe that most people have no idea of the kind of pain and suffering that Peggy Styles endured after the loss of her daughter, Chloe. Nobody deserves to go through something like that. No lessons learned from the experience can even begin to make up for what is lost. As Peggy discovered when she eventually resumed her commitment to reaching out to others, however, all too many of us have suffered similar losses and have endured comparable hardships. These losses and hardships tend to cut in two ways. We become severed not only from an individual loved-one, but also from the broader community whose physical, emotional, and spiritual support we so desperately need. In talking about her own experience, Peggy noticed that this prompted others, who may have otherwise remained silent, to do the same. This convinced her that there was an urgent need to stand up and assume a leadership role in organizing her community's resources to help those of its members who needed help the most. 2010 Stand Up Award Recipient Peggy Styles - Read More…

“Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free”: The Particularity of Migrants’ Experiences


Cross-cultural comparisons are often used to generate empathy for those experiencing oppression. Focusing on the particular experience of Ireland’s 2004 Citizenship Referendum, this article argues for the problematic nature of such comparisons, suggesting the need for recognizing the particularity of minoritized populations’ experiences. “Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free”: The Particularity of Migrants’ Experiences - Read More…

21st Annual CSLEE Values and Leadership Conference - Conference Information


The conference will be held in London, Ontario, Canada from October 20 through October 22. The theme this year is "Leadership in Uncertain Times: Complex Dilemmas and Ethical Possibilities." 21st Annual CSLEE Values and Leadership Conference - Conference Information - Read More…

21st Annual CSLEE Values and Leadership Conference - Call for Proposals


The CSLEE’s annual Values and Leadership conference is a three-day conference that promotes research and reflection on issues in values, morals, ethics, and leadership in education. The theme of the conference is Leadership in Uncertain Times: Complex Dilemmas and Ethical Possibilities. We propose that ethical and moral educational leadership plays an even more heightened role in supporting civil societies following international tragedies, such as those that took place in Beirut and Paris in 2015. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016. 21st Annual CSLEE Values and Leadership Conference - Call for Proposals - Read More…

'Should I change my honors thesis topic?': Some advice from someone who did


This summer I started preliminary research for my thesis. For a variety of reasons, I decided to change my topic and start from scratch. This was a difficult decision, but something that I knew had to be done. In looking back on this experience I realized that others might benefit from my mistakes. Below are a few ways that I knew it was time to change. 'Should I change my honors thesis topic?': Some advice from someone who did - Read More…

"Weakness of the Will:" Give Me Soda and/or Give Me Death!


Does complete freedom really make us free? In the previous two blog posts we saw how personal struggles with obesity are often hampered by weaknesses in the human will. Given this, it may be natural to wonder whether we would benefit from having our wills constrained, and our freedom to act limited in those situations where we face the most temptation. "Weakness of the Will:" Give Me Soda and/or Give Me Death! - Read More…

"Beauty"


Supervenus is a video that was entered into the 17th Brussels Short Film Festival and has since been making its way around the internet. It is a terrifying look at beauty. Supervenus literally dissects the history of the female body, and the extreme lengths women have to go through to achieve a disturbingly unnatural idealization of femininity. It begins with an image of a woman in a French anatomy book. A faceless surgeon then begins altering the image, beginning with superficial changes, like the removal of body hair, and continuing on until the actions are gory, grotesque, and extreme - ultimately destroying the illustration. She’s nipped, tucked, sliced, injected, trimmed, tanned and stretched. Her ribs are pulled out, and the fat is sucked out fat from every part of the body. At the end of the two-and-a-half-minute short film, the woman has turned into a zombie: brainless and falling apart. The video shows the unrealistic and ultimately fatal beauty expectations enforced on women in society today. The given message is clear: beauty standards are going to kill us. Executive Producer, Frédéric Doazan illustrates the evolution of Western beauty standards for women. This film reflects the negative thinking and the pressure that extreme beauty ideals have on our society. The idea of Supervenus is extreme beauty we cannot reach. Year after year, beauty standards have been changing and most women have tried to keep up with them. Most companies and commercial products support the ‘perfect women’ idea, and their advertisements give subconscious messages of how to be a perfect woman. "Beauty" - Read More…