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March 2018

Speaker Series: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State)

March 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Accumulating Epistemic Power Abstract: In her, December 3rd, 2014, Salon piece, “White American’s Scary Delusion: Why Its Sense of Black Humanity is So Skewed,” Brittney Cooper labels the stupefaction many people have in the face of today’s Black rage an “epistemology problem.” It is a problem, she explains, of people utilizing inadequate frameworks for understanding “reasonable” responses to relentless state sanctioned violence against Black people. In this paper, I lend support to Cooper’s claim by outlining the accumulation of epistemic power…

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Speaker Series: Cass Sunstein (Harvard)

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell 213, UNC/Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University “As Judged By Themselves” Do people’s choices make their lives go better? Under what conditions? Consider three distinct answers. (1) In many situations, human beings face a problem of “navigability”; they do not know how to get to their preferred destination, whether the issue involves health, opportunity, or economics. This problem is especially challenging for people who live under conditions of deprivation, but it can be serious for everyone. (2) Many…

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PPE Talk: Cass Sunstein

March 26 @ 5:30 pm
Bingham 103 Chapel Hill, + Google Map

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 on Moral Symbols & Unethical Requests

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Sreedhari Desai will present a talk at 6pm in Caldwell 105: Moral Symbols: A Necklace of Garlic against Unethical Requests. What's the connection between displaying religious or moral symbols and being asked to do something unethical? Come tonight to find out!   Dr. Desai is Assistant Professor in the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, and works to understand "how, why, when and where social inequality, organizations and institutions interact." She is especially interested in how organizations and…

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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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E Maynard Adams Symposium Keynote: Jeremy Waldron

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities Dr. Jeremy Waldron on Disagreements, Intolerance, and Incivility in Public Life   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…

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Is Privacy Worth Protecting Anymore?

April 17 @ 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 Anne Klinefelter, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library at UNC Chapel Hill. 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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Larry Bartels on Inequality

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hanes Art Center Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States + Google Map

Unequal Democracy: Dr. Larry Bartels will be visiting campus and giving a talk followed by a Q&A tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18th) from 6-7pm in Hanes Art Auditorium (Hanes 121). *Please note venue change!* He will speak on economic inequality and its impact on American politics. Dr. Bartels is a political scientist at Vanderbilt whose past work includes research on the impact of economic conditions on voting behavior as well as on campaign reform. The Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program at UNC is pleased to be co-sponsoring…

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TOMORROW 3.0: Birthing, Sharing, and Killing Jobs in the Next Great Economic Revolution

April 24 @ 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 Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science and Director, PPE Program at Duke University. 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 costs? Join us…

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