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October 2021

PPE Speaker Series: “Texas’s Successful Effort to Circumvent Roe v. Wade” with Andy Hessick

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Over the summer, Texas enacted SB 8, which prohibits the performance of an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. This restriction is unconstitutional under prevailing Supreme Court precedent. To insulate the restriction from being overturned, the Texas law does not follow the typical format of authorizing the state to prosecute violations of the law; instead, the law leaves enforcement to private individuals, who can bring suit against abortion providers that violate the law. To date, this structure has been successful at preventing…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Upside Down: Reflections on Conspiracy Theories” with Dan Ariely

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Registration for this Zoom event is required. REGISTER HERE. Event Description: In this talk, Dan Ariely will describe some of his experiences helping the Israeli government during the COVID-19 crisis. He will focus specifically on issues concerning conspiracy theories, his firsthand experiences with them, and what he has learned during this process. Dan Ariely is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely does research in behavioral economics on the irrational ways people behave,…

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November 2021

The Parr Center and PPE Present: Alvaro Bedoya

November 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“ICE’s American Dragnet” When people discuss government surveillance, they usually talk about the NSA, the FBI, or perhaps the police. They rarely mention Immigration & Customs Enforcement even though the agency has unfurled a veritable dragnet of surveillance, data collection, and information sharing since its creation after September 11th. As a result, major questions about ICE’s surveillance activities and capabilities remain unanswered: How does ICE get and use its data? How often does ICE access it? How broadly does this…

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February 2022

Speaker Series: Rima Basu

February 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Rima Basu is an assistant professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. The central theme of her work is that when it comes to what we should believe, morality is not voiceless. What we owe each other is not just a matter of what we do or what we say, but also what we believe. Read more about Rima on her website: More information about this event coming soon!

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March 2022

Balter Distinguished Lecture: Juliana Bidadanure

March 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Juliana Bidadanure is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, of Political Science, at Stanford University, and the Faculty Director of the Stanford Basic Income Lab. Her work is at the intersection of Political Philosophy and Public Policy. She has been working on how we should conceptualize the value of equality, in general, and on inequalities between age groups and generations in particular. She has published extensively on this topic, most notably the article "Making Sense of Age Group Justice: A…

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