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March 2021

PPE Spring Author Series: Charles Mills: Rawls and Racial Justice

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker:  Charles Mills Venue: Zoom (Registration required below.) Event Description: John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential works of political philosophy from the 20th century. In this work, Rawls develops a comprehensive theory of justice. But somewhat surprisingly, Rawls does not say much about race or racial injustice. Is this omission problematic? Can Rawls’s theory be deployed to understand racial injustice, and can it help us in the goal of…

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PPE in a Time of Pandemic: Vaccine Distribution and Justice

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Speakers: Lisa Herzog (Groningen University) and Brian Berkey (The University of Pennsylvania) Moderator: Ryan Doody (University of San Diego) Venue: Zoom link will be shared with registrants via email. Registration form will be available. Event Description: The end of 2020 was sweetened somewhat by news that scientists had created multiple effective vaccines for COVID-19. On receiving this news, states moved rapidly to confront the next major hurdle in the battle against the pandemic: the mass production and distribution of…

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PPE Salon: How Would a Child Allowance Impact the American Workforce for Women?

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Host: Delaney Thull Salon Description: 2.5 million women left the American workforce since the beginning of the pandemic, compared to 1.8 million men. The impacts of job loss and childcare loss ignited a national conversation about family leave policies, childcare and schooling, and gender disparities in the household. One fascinating aspect of this debate is growing bipartisan interest in some form of a Child Allowance payment to American families. Our Salon will focus on understanding how such a policy might…

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PPE in a Time of Pandemic: Imagining and Writing a Pandemic

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Geraldine Brooks (Harvard University) Moderator: Simone Gubler (University of Nevada, Reno) Venue: Zoom link will be shared with registrants via email. Registration is required, below. Event Description We invite you to join us for a live panel discussion with Pulitzer-prize winning author, Geraldine Brooks, on the topic of “imagining and writing a pandemic.” Geraldine Brooks is a journalist and novelist. During her career as a journalist, Brooks reported on environmental issues and international conflicts for the Wall Street Journal…

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PPE in a Time of Pandemic: Conspiracy Theories, Truth, and the Pandemic

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  Speakers: Rachel Fraser (University of Oxford), C. Thi Nguyen (University of Utah) Moderator: Ryan Doody (University of San Diego) Venue: Zoom link will be shared with registrants via email. Register below. Event Description: During the Pandemic, many of us have spent a lot of time alone, and a lot of time online. These circumstances seem to have favored the emergence of a range of potent conspiracy theories. Some of these theories pertain to COVID-19 or the vaccination program against…

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PPE Spring Author Series: Elizabeth Anderson: Norms of Political Discourse

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

PPE Spring Author Series: Elizabeth Anderson: Norms of Political Discourse Our current political discourse has become toxic, especially when it comes to discussing fraught issues such as racism and sexism. Given a background commitment to democracy, what norms of communication with our fellow citizens should we adopt when discussing such fraught issues? In this session of the PPE Author Series, we will discuss this question with Professor Elizabeth Anderson, a preeminent scholar of social & political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and…

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PPE Salon: Bitcoin: What Does the Future Hold?

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom – Registration Required, https://renci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ea289cmuQ1izH9E79wnpZw

Hosts: Joseph Porter and Vijay Boyapati Salon Description: Bitcoin has increased in value almost 1000% in the past year, and recently several institutional investors have bought hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of bitcoin. Will bitcoin continue to increase in value? And if it does, what impact will it have not only on financial institutions but also on global politics and how we think about money itself? Join PPE-affiliated graduate student Joseph Porter and Vijay Boyapati—software engineer, co-founder and former…

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April 2021

PPE Salon: Is Free Speech under Threat on College Campuses?

April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hosts: Alexandru Marcoci and Alexandra Oprea Salon Description: Is free speech under threat on college campuses? And should this worry us? Despite the extensive First Amendment protections for free speech in the US, concerns about an increasingly intolerant political culture have been raised by prominent academics, journalists, and writers who decry “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.” While in a report…

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PPE Spring Author Series: Susan Brison: Free Speech and Social Media

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

Following the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Twitter permanently banned President Trump from using its platform and Facebook temporarily suspended his account and asked its Oversight Board to decide whether the suspension should continue indefinitely. Seeing as Twitter and Facebook are not state actors, their actions were not in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But even if their actions were not illegal, were they nevertheless morally wrong? Is there a universal…

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PPE in a Time of Pandemic: Collective Action, Public Choice, and the Pandemic

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Stephanie Collins Moderator: Ryan Doody (University of San Diego) Venue: Zoom link will be shared with registrants via email. Register below. Event Description: The COVID-19 pandemic raises many pressing issues about both individual and collective action. As individuals, we ought to wash our hands, practice social distancing, and wear masks. But, when facing a calamity of such magnitude, individual action might not seem like enough. Do we also then have duties to think and act collectively? What does it…

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