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September 2017

Talk: Alicia Ely Yamen

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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"Are Human Rights Relevant to Advancing Global Health Anymore?" Alicia Ely Yamin is the Program Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative, at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law,  and a Visiting Professor Law at Georgetown University and Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health at Harvard University.  This Lecture is the 6th annual Health and Human Rights Lecture sponsored by the Department of Public Policy.

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October 2017

Talk: Laurie Shrage

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Laurie Shrage's work evaluates public policies on markets in sexual services and expressive materials, reproductive health care, legal gender identity, and marriage. She is more interested in the active application of philosophical theory to inform public debate - in what she terms "empirically informed philosophy" - than she is in focusing her work on a particular school of philosophical thought. She suggests that moral and political philosophers should pay more attention to historical and scientific accounts of political and moral problems than they…

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Happiness and Well-Being: a one-day workshop

October 14

Bringing together three experts on the nature of happiness and well-being—Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), Carol Graham (the Brookings Institute), Dan Russell (University of Arizona)—this one-day workshop was designed to bring participants up to speed on current research and issues in understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. No specific background presupposed. Open and free to all · Lunch and reception provided This Philosophy, Politics & Economics event was co-sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the…

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Talk: “Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently”

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently" Paul Hurley Abstract: "There is commonly taken to be a fundamental tension between morality and markets.  The cost-effective, efficient, profit maximizing course of action and the right course of action often diverge, and it is inefficient and costly to do the right thing, placing such actors at a competitive disadvantage.  The suggestion is that markets are spheres that mandate purely self-interested interaction – there is no place for morality within markets.  I…

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November 2017

Talk: “What is Wrong with Lying?”

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"What is Wrong with Lying?" Sarah Stroud Abstract: Most of us would confidently say that lying is wrong—or, at least, that there is something wrong with lying. But what exactly is wrong with it? It turns out to be more difficult than one might have thought to answer this question. I survey some of the obvious potential explanations of the wrongness of lying and suggest that they prove unsatisfying on reflection. I then offer my own proposal for what is…

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Public Lecture – Political Geometry: How and Why Shapes Matter for Voting Districts

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Association for Women in Mathematics Presents Political Geometry: How and Why Shapes Matter for Voting Districts A public lecture by Dr. Moon Duchin. For elections from the U.S. House of Representatives down to school boards and city councils, representatives are often chosen by tallying the most votes in a district, delineated by a shape on the map.  Gerrymandering is the abuse of the districting pen to promote unfair outcomes, and it’s widely associated with funny-shaped districts. What’s the link…

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Philosophy at the Movies

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Philosophy @ the Movies presents …. Theory of Justice: The Musical! Join John Rawls through a musical journey back in time as he pursues Fairness and works out his Theory of Justice. Featuring philosophy greats including Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke (in a rap battle), the Utilitarian Barbershop Quartet, Kant in drag and more! Discussion to follow. Hosted by Alexandra Oprea. This event is free and open to all students – pizza will be provided!

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Can We Bridge the Divide? Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm

What:  An invitation-only workshop for students bringing together about 8 Republican-leaning students and 8 Democratic-leaning students for an evening of structured conversations.* Interested? Contact David Lapp to reserve a spot or to request more information: dlapp@better-angels.org. Why:  In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.”  In our dangerously divided nation, we all need to be touched by something “better” within us and within…

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Talk: Sarah Conly

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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JUSTIFYING PATERNALISM There are many things we shouldn’t be allowed to do in the world as it is today: among them, to eat meat, have more than one child, or drive gas-fueled cars.  Some people, however, think this claim is incorrect. They think that we have rights to do at least some of these things, even in the world as it is today, because no one is impermissibly harmed by any such individual action. Thus, they think regulations to prevent you from…

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Film Screening & Discussion: The Queen of Versailles

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caldwell 103, 240 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The PPE Society at Carolina presents The Ethics of Affluence  a film screening and discussion of The Queen of Versailles Thursday, November 16      6:00pm-8:20pm      Caldwell 103 Join the UNC Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society to discuss the ethics of affluence – a critically important topic in an age of inequality – in the context of an award-winning film. The Queen of Versailles is Lauren Greenfield's 2012 film on one of the wealthiest families in America. In it, billionaires and parents of 8 David Siegel (CEO…

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