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August 2017

PPE Interest Meeting

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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This is a general information meeting about the Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) Program. If you think you might be interested in the PPE Minor, or perhaps the wide variety of PPE events we host (reading groups, weekend seminars, speakers...) please come. PIZZA will be served.

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September 2017

Building Political Bridges

September 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A presentation/workshop by Leslie Winner, former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and John Hood, president of the John William Pope Foundation, about building political bridges. Winner and Hood run the NC Leadership Forum, which provides an extended opportunity for leaders from across NC, and across the political spectrum, to discuss politically charged issues facing NC.  For a brief discussion see their op-ed in the Charlotte Observer. - This event is co-sponsored Honors Carolina -   Lunch will be served. Space is…

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Carolina Conversations: The First Amendment and Free Speech at UNC

September 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, this discussion will explore what the First Amendment protects, what it does not protect, and how it applies in the setting of a public university. We will also discuss state laws and University policies that regulate First Amendment rights. Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Mark W. Merritt is the speaker. The event will be moderated by Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. G. Rumay Alexander. ALL faculty, staff, and…

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PPE Club Organizational Meeting

September 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The first meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year will be held on Wednesday, 6 September at 6:30pm in 213 Caldwell Hall. Pizza will be served! We'll be discussing club procedures and brainstorming a program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Pizza will be served.  

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Human Rights and Anti-Semitism in the Current Climate

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kenneth L. Marcus, Founding President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human rights under Law, will discuss challenges to human rights, modern anti-Semitism and other issues, through both domestic and global lenses. Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education. Previously, he served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for…

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Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy

September 13 @ 5:00 pm

Are the US and China Destined for War? Professor Graham Allison is a distinguished scholar of U.S. national security and defense policy. The Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he is former director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He currently serves on the advisory boards of both the secretaries of state and defense and of the director of the CIA, and he is a former member of the…

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Talk: Tyler Cowen

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The full video of Dr. Cowen's talk at Hyde Hall is available on YouTube here.  In this talk, Tyler Cowen outlined the basic premises and claims of his latest book, The Complacent Class. Since Alexis de Tocqueville, restlessness has been accepted as a signature American trait. Our willingness to move, take risks, and adapt to change have produced a dynamic economy and a tradition of innovation from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs. The problem, according to Dr. Cowen, is that Americans today…

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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 is 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. Registration is required. This Philosophy, Politics & Economics event is co-sponsored by the Parr Center for…

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