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February 2018

Talk: Richard V. Reeves “Dream Hoarders?”

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Richard V. Reeves will present a talk based on his recent book "Dream Hoarders? Enduring Inequality and the American Upper Middle Class."   America is becoming a class-based society. It is conventional wisdom to focus on the excesses of the top 1%—especially  the top 0.01%— and how the ultra-rich are hoarding income and wealth while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the more important, and widening, gap in American society is between the upper middle class—the top 20%— and…

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Who Should Control Our Public Schools?

February 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Public talk featuring Alexandra Oprea, Research Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty member of the UNC PPE Program. This Spring the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program is collaborating with Carolina Public Humanities, the public outreach arm of UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, to highlight our program’s faculty and their research to the general public. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social and economic…

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March 2018

Why Climate Change is a Unique—and Uniquely Difficult—Ethical Problem

March 6 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Public talk featuring Doug MacLean, Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty member of the UNC/Duke PPE Program. This Spring the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program is collaborating with Carolina Public Humanities, the public outreach arm of UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, to highlight our program’s faculty and their research to the general public. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social…

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Can We Have a Market Economy and Equality?

March 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Public talk featuring Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty member of the UNC/Duke PPE Program. This Spring the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program is collaborating with Carolina Public Humanities, the public outreach arm of UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, to highlight our program’s faculty and their research to the general public. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are…

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PPE Undergraduate Invitational Colloquium

March 23 - March 24
Caldwell Hall, Room 213
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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PPE Talk: Cass Sunstein

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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How Good Looking Are You? Brains, Optimism, and Climate Change   People are frequently exposed to competing evidence about climate change. We examined how new information alters people’s beliefs. We find that people who doubt that man-made climate change is occurring, and who do not favor an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, show a form of asymmetrical updating: They change their beliefs in response to unexpected good news (suggesting that average temperature rise is likely to be less than previously…

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Money for Nothing? The Ethics of a Universal Basic Income

March 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Public talk featuring Douglas MacKay, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty member of the UNC PPE Program. This Spring the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program is collaborating with Carolina Public Humanities, the public outreach arm of UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, to highlight our program’s faculty and their research to the general public. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social and…

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April 2018

Talk: Sreedhari Desai

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sreedhari Desai, Assistant Professor in the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, works to understand "how, why, when and where social inequality, organizations and institutions interact." She is especially interested in how organizations and institutions influence ethical decision making. Free and open to the public.  Pizza will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics.

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The Ethics of “Nudge”: How Government Gets Us to Act Against Our Interests

April 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Public talk featuring Luc Bovens, Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty member of the UNC PPE Program. This Spring the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program is collaborating with Carolina Public Humanities, the public outreach arm of UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, to highlight our program’s faculty and their research to the general public. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social and economic…

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Symposium: Disagreements, Intolerance, and Incivility in Public Life

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - April 14 @ 12:30 pm

The 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities   The second annual Symposium in honor of the distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003) will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University. Professor Waldron is a leading international expert on issues such as torture, hate speech, theories of human equality and the concept of loyal opposition. How do we sustain democratic practices of civility and loyal opposition when people are…

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