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Knowledge, Agency, and Film - A Closer Look

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: John Minbiole
Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross In my last post, I talked about how the psychic investment we make in films and television is made in exchange for two things: knowledge, including the way we know, and a sense, or fantasy, of agency. In this post, another film offers us a lesson in these departments.

Spring Cleaning: Running Habits and Ethical Obligations

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Stephanie E. Vasko
http://www.runningthroughlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/runners_silhouette.jpg Over the past few years, as running has experienced a resurgence in popularity, several articles have been published on the concerns over impact of races on indigenous wildlife populations and the waste generated by running events. These concerns raise the question as to whether or not runners have an ethical obligation to protect the planet from potential harm and to preserve the planet for future generations of runners?

Is Assisted Suicide in Girls and The Walking Dead right?

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: Kimberly Ann Harris
Jessa assists a suicide in "Girls"Mika and Lizzie Samuels, of The Walking Dead In the season 3 finale of Girls we are introduced to a paralyzed artist who wakes up miserable everyday and is disappointed when she realizes she did not pass away in the night. In a different sense, the issue of assisted suicide is an ongoing theme on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Grandma Rhode's ethics of climate change

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Brockopp
Emma Minnie Rhode, 1902-1998Fossil Fuel UseBiking from State College to DC So, I wonder what my grandma would have to say about climate change? It seems like such a huge, overwhelming problem. The scientists’ predictions are dire: we have only ten years to turn our emissions around. I guess she’d say “when you’ve got too much to do, just pick something up and start doing it!”

A Recap of the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: njb957
On April 25-26, the Rock Ethics Institute hosted the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium, Educating for Moral Literacy. The Colloquium brought together leading scholars and educators for discussions and presentations of moral literacy education and ethical leadership.

Announcing the 2014 Stand Up Award Honorees

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Rob Peeler
Stand Up 2014 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.

Summer Reading: Speculative Fiction and the Power of Language

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Stephanie E. Vasko
Summer Reading Looking for a beach read this summer, but craving something off the beaten path from your usual reads? Well, look no further because I’ve rounded up three speculative fiction selections for your perusal.

What is it like to be a PIKSI Graduate Assistant?

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Asia Ferrin
Asia FerrinFerrin with her cohort of undergraduate students This is a guest post by Asia Ferrin. Asia was a PIKSI Graduate Assistant during PIKSI 2012.

Get To Know The Rock: Sabrina Aggleton

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: mlb5617
Sabrina Aggleton Sabrina Aggleton intertwines her philosophical research with practical applications at the Rock Ethics Institute. A doctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Philosophy and Research Assistant in the Initiative in Ethics and Sexual Violence at the Rock Ethics Institute, Aggleton studies twentieth century continental philosophy and feminist philosophy with a particular focus on the intersection of embodiment, intersubjectivity, and ethics in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Simone de Beauvoir.

Philosophy Beyond the Academy

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Michael D. Burroughs
Michael Burroughs at Park Forrest Elementary School This post first appeared on the Public Philosophy Journal. It has been reprinted by permission from the author, Michael Burroughs, Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute.

Abandoned Places, Ghost Towns, Urban Exploring, and Ethical Codes

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Stephanie E. Vasko
New World Shopping Mall (credit: http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/entry_photo_images/10255571/fish-shopping-mall-2_verge_super_wide.jpg) Were you a teenage Weird NJ addict, waiting with baited breath for the latest issue full of stories describing trips to the Garden State’s wide variety of abandoned locales? Do you spend your Friday nights cruising the Abandoned Pics or Abandoned Places Twitter feeds (@AbandonedPics and @AbandonedPlaces), surfing for the latest pictures of Pripyat or the New World Shopping Mall? You’re not alone! From aesthetic beauty to historical interest to the thrill of exploring the unknown, abandoned places appeal to a wide variety of people for a wide variety of reasons.

Summer Road Trip Podcast Selections

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Stephanie E. Vasko
Podcast Getting ready for an end of summer road trip? Possibly one to an abandoned place? Need something entertaining for that long drive? Not to worry! I’ve got you covered with some podcast selections that not only have been on my heavy rotation, but that also touch on ethics through a wide variety of lenses.

Penn State aiming for Zero Carbon Emissions

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: Brockopp
Tree Penn State already boasts world-class researchers on climate change, but can we also become a leader in reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions? How can Penn State best prepare our students to face the challenges ahead of them? These were the questions posed to seventy-five participants at the Penn State Getting to Zero conference held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on April 11, 2014.

Hope and the Reset Button

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Jonathan Beever
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3244/2847574688_8d2d1a0f64_o.jpg This past summer I had the opportunity to share some time in the Sonoran desert with scientist and engineering colleagues.

Resources to Help You Better Understand and Avoid Plagiarism

 

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: Sabrina Aggleton
Plagiarism may not be intentional, but it is still plagiarism. Here are some tips and resources to help clear things up.

Running for a Cause: Teen Hope Aevidum Color Run

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Maggie Cardin
Credit: Maggie CardinCredit: Maggie Cardin This is a guest post by Maggie Cardin, a 2014 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award Honoree.

Climate & Social Justice: The Front Line of the People's Climate March

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: Alex J Feldman
Credit: Alex FeldmanCredit: Alex Feldman Before world leaders gathered this week in New York at the United Nations to discuss climate change, two significant protests took place. On Sunday, September 21, the People’s Climate March, a big-tent protest uniting hundreds of NGOs, attracted a crowd of more than 300,000 to walk from 86th St. and Central Park West to 34th St. and 11th Ave. in Manhattan. The protest included Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is being billed as the largest climate protest in history.

Report from the 16th Annual Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Stephanie E. Vasko
Keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Johnson discusses the ethics of emerging technologiesPhoto credit: Lincoln Center for Applied EthicsConference participants enjoying discussion over a meal.Photo credit: Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics From October 2-4, I had the pleasure of participating in the 16th Annual Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum (SEAC) conference. Held at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ, this year’s conference theme was “Engaging the Future Responsibly,” which brought together speakers representing many different dimensions of ethics education and ethical considerations for curriculum development.

Election Day and the Environment

by khepler Mar 31, 2015
Contributors: Alex J Feldman
Credit: Alex Feldman As election day draws near, it’s to important think about the environmental impact of your vote in Pennsylvania. It is sometimes tempting to think that ethics and politics are different matters, especially when what happens in the political sphere is often messy and unpleasant and out of step with privately held moral beliefs.

“At Least You’ve Got Your Hope”: Against Hope in Medical Bioethics

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Jonathan Marks
CarriageGlove As a case in bioethics, the case of Rosemary’s Baby (1968) serves to demonstrate several things.