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March 2023

PPE Speaker Series: “Unhoused and Unrecognized: Thinking Through the Wrong of Homelessness” with Paul Schofield

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event satisfies a CLE requirement. There will be pizza after, so stick around! Abstract: It is tempting to think homelessness is unjust simply because it involves a grossly inequitable distribution of resources--some have so much while others lack something so basic as a stable dwelling, and this seems unfair. I want to convince you that the wrong of homelessness consists in more than this, however. Those experiencing homelessness aren't just treated unfairly, but are denied recognition as citizens, as…

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National Undergraduate PPE Colloquium 2023

March 24 - March 25

2023 National Undergraduate PPE Colloquium "Constitutions" Chapel Hill, NC, March 24-25, 2023 FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Arrival and check in to AC Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC 12:00: Lunch 1:30 – 2:00: Introductions, rules, ambitions 2:00 – 3:30: Discussion 1 3:30 – 4:00: Coffee break 4:00 – 5:30: Discussion 2 7:00: Dinner … SATURDAY, MARCH 25 9:30 – 10:15: Breakfast 10:30 – 12:00: Discussion 3 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch 1:00 – 2:30: Discussion 4 2:30 – 3:00: Coffee break 3:00 –…

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PPE Salon: Students for Fair Admissions v. UNC: What is the Future of Affirmative Action in Public Education?

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  The Supreme Court is currently considering Students for Fair Admissions v. UNC, and may decide to overturn Grutter and Fisher, which permit some limited consideration of race in admissions to public schools. Are there are circumstances in which race-based classifications by the government are permitted under the Constitution? In the context of public education, does it matter whether the particular race-based classification at issue is being made in the service of a laudable end like racial diversity, as opposed to an…

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April 2023

PPE Speaker Series: “Why is Manipulation Wrong?” with Massimo Renzo

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: The notion of manipulation is increasingly invoked in relation to pressing issues discussed in the news and in public discourse. Consider, for example, the heated debates on how propaganda and misinformation have been recently used to lead people to question the results of democratic elections. Or the (more sober) discussions of whether governments are permitted to “nudge” their citizens toward beneficial behaviour in ways that seem to bypass their capacity to choose. Running through these debates is the idea…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Forgiveness: Personal and Political” with P. Quinn White

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This talk is free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided after the talk! Abstract: What is forgiveness? And why forgive? I mean this in two ways: What reasons bear on the question of whether to offer or withhold forgiveness in a particular case? And why are we even in the business of forgiving at all—what role does it play in a life? The dominant approach to the topic is sentimentalist, seeing forgiveness as essentially involving the withdrawal…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Curtailing Freedoms to Protect Freedom” with Adam Oliver (LSE)

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Curtailing Freedoms to Protect Freedom: Regulating Against Behavioural-Informed Infringements on a Fair Exchange Abstract: Behavioural public policy is a relatively new, but already substantial, subfield of public policy. To date, paternalistic frameworks have tended to dominate this subfield, at least in terms of the rhetoric, but attempts at informing public policy with findings from behavioural science set within a liberal framework are emerging. In this presentation, I will argue for a liberal vision for the field, and yet recognise that…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Political Equality and the Gendered Division of Labor” with Jessica Flanigan

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jess Flanigan is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law and the Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics & Democratic Values at the University of Richmond where she teaches ethics and critical thinking classes. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Moral Philosophy, the Journal of Political Philosophy, and Philosophical Studies. She is also the author of Pharmaceutical Freedom and a co-author of Debating Sex Work. 

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August 2023

Chapel Hill PPE Workshop

August 27
Caldwell 213, 240 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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    An intensive one-day workshop for faculty and graduate students on papers in progress by our PPE Teaching Assistant Professors. Click the title links below to review abstracts for each talk. Agenda: 8:30 am Breakfast and Conversation 9:00 – 10:20 am TALK 1 10:30 – 11:50 am TALK 2 12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch in or around Caldwell Hall 1:00 – 2:20 pm TALK 3 2:30 – 3:50 pm TALK 4 4:00 – 5:20 pm TALK 5 6:00 pm…

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September 2023

PPE Speaker Series: Erik Angner

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Second International Behavioral Public Policy Conference

September 6 - September 8
Friday Conference Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, 27599 United States
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The Second International Behavioral Public Policy Conference Program Details Keynote speakers: Erik Angner Sunita Sah Plenary Session Panels: New Directions in BPP at UNC-CH with Sreedhari Desai (Business), Allison Lazard (Journalism), and Lindsey Taillie (Global Public Health) BPP in State and Federal Governance with David Yokum (NC Office of Strategic Partnership), Emily Schmitt (the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation - Administration for Children and Families), and Lizzie Martin (Office of Evaluation Sciences) BPP in Development and Humanitarian Aid with Britt Titus from the International Rescue Committee, Tasmia Rahman from the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit of the World Bank (eMBeD),…

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