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Upcoming Bioethics Events
Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice When: Sep 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: 110 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16803
The lecture will discuss the tensions between the ethical obligation to respect autonomy and the ethical obligation to provide care and promote human flourishing. It identifies the question this relationship poses for bioethics, psychology, and the helping professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, and public health. The pros and cons of three ways to resolve this tension are considered: (1) by appeal to reason, (2) by designing or curating contextual conditions influencing choice (often called “choice architecture” or “nudging”) in ways that constrain autonomy but do not violate its core value, and (3) by appeal to relational judgment in communicative and reflective professional practice.
Co-sponsored Event - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect When: Oct 05, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: Lewis Katz Auditorium
After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils.
A lecture with Dr. Paul Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food, and Community Ethics at Michigan State University When: Nov 09, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Where: TBA
Brownbag Series - Food Power and Food Ethics: Food Security in a Complex World When: Nov 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802
There is a widespread assumption that the American food system after World War II was transformed—toward an increasingly industrialized production of crops, more processed foods, and diets higher in fat, sugar, and calories—as part of a unified system. In this talk, Bryan McDonald brings together the history of food, agriculture, and foreign policy to explore how food was deployed in the first decades of the Cold War to promote American national security and national interests, a concept referred to as food power.