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Faculty appointments to position Penn State as leader in ethics literacy

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Penn State is embarking on a transformative effort to establish itself as a leader in interdisciplinary ethics research and ethical literacy, with plans to make 12 tenure-track appointments across an array of academic disciplines over three years. The positions will be co-funded by the University and the academic colleges.

Educating for Moral Literacy

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Join us at Penn State University for the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium.

Associate Director Jonathan Marks' course on Ethical Leadership attracts attention from the New York Times

by khepler Jan 29, 2015
Associate director of Penn State Bioethics Programs leads students to discuss the Sandusky Scandal in Philosophy 119: Ethical Leadership course.

Announcing the 2014 Stand Up Award Honorees

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Announcing the 2014 Stand Up Award Honorees For Zachary Brubaker, taking a stand means uniting the blind and sighted to promote respect and equality for workers with disabilities. For Maggie Cardin, taking a stand means working to educate emerging teachers to recognize and prevent depression and suicide in students. Two Penn State students received the 2014 Stand Up Award for showing courage and fortitude and demonstrating ethical leadership through personal example. The Stand Up Awards are sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. This year's honorees are Zachary Brubaker, a Physics Major and President of the Penn State Alliance of the Blind and Sighted, and Maggie Cardin, a Childhood and Early Adolescent Education Major and President of Penn State’s chapter of Aevidum.

Announcing New Journal: Critical Philosophy of Race

by khepler Jan 29, 2015
Critical Philosophy of Race publishes peer-reviewed journal articles that explore the philosophical dimensions of race, racism, and other race-related phenomena.

8th Annual PIKSI starts August 3rd

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
8th Annual PIKSI starts August 3rd What is the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute? This seven-day institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. PIKSI will be permanently housed at the Rock Ethics Institute on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. The director and the theme will change on a regular basis.

Michael Burroughs Gives a Guest Lecture in Sweden

by admin Jul 16, 2015
Michael Burroughs Gives a Guest Lecture in Sweden In western society, children are thought of as inadequate and incomplete individuals. This can cause problems in school because this approach overshadows children's abilities and what they can actually do, according to researcher Michael Burroughs who recently visited Luleå University of Technology. His research concludes that children are often seen as the opposite of adults. In the U.S., teachers and administrators focus on traditional educational goals leaving philosophical thinking about what it means to be a child or the purpose of teaching behind. Burroughs’ focus aims to bring philosophy into the classroom. His seminar consisted of conceptual and practical ideas to aid teachers and administrators.

Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) opens the call for proposals for the Second Annual Meeting

by admin Jul 16, 2015
Main logo used for SRPoiSE events Submissions are invited for the Second Annual Meeting of SRPoiSE, to be held at Michigan State University Detroit Center, March 27- 28, 2015. This conference seeks to convene presentations, panels, and discussions that serve to promote better understanding of the opportunities and barriers for improving the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and a wide range of publics to foster epistemically and ethically responsible scientific and technological research and policy-making. The meeting will be structured so as to encourage dialogue and catalyze future collaborations in this important area of research and practice. The meeting welcomes graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who are already doing this work or who wish to do this work in the future and are looking to explore ways to do so.

Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms

by admin Jul 16, 2015
Large GMO Header. The Rock Ethics Institute will host the Research Ethics Lecture Series for a second year. The first event of this year’s series will be a panel discussion that will focus on the environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) on the University Park campus. Registration to attend the event in-person is recommended. However, if you are unable to attend in person, a live stream of the event will be available. We will also take questions and send out real time updates through our Twitter page during the event. This event is free and open to the public. Much of the public debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been the subject of hot debate. Environmental impacts of GMO development have often been overshadowed by concerns about food safety. This is in spite of consistent scientific evidence that such concerns are more driven by hype than understanding.

Ethics Education plans include K-12 outreach and Waterbury lecture series in 2014-15

by admin Jul 16, 2015
Michael Burroughs teaching students The Rock Ethics Institute remains committed to introducing and supporting ethics education at Penn State and beyond. During the 2014-15 academic year the Institute is implementing a diverse range of ethics education initiatives designed for children, graduate students, researchers and professionals. During the 2014-15 academic year Michael D. Burroughs, assistant director of the Rock Ethics Institute, will lead weekly philosophy and ethics discussion sessions with three kindergarten classes at Park Forest Elementary in the State College Area School District. Burroughs is an experienced practitioner of "Philosophy for Children" and has led philosophy and ethics programming in K-12 classrooms for more than a decade.