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February 2020

Beyond Policy: Human Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hyde Hall, 176 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Free

The PPE Program and Carolina Public Humanities are hosting a workshop on February 8 looking at the opioid crisis through the lens of the humanities. We hope to bring together a unique and interdisciplinary set of voices to discuss the opioid crisis from a wide variety of perspectives. Our workshop will feature five speakers: 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Registration and Light Refreshments 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM: Introduction 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM: Alex Palmer, a National Geographic Explorer and a contributor to…

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Yolonda Wilson on Insurrectionist Ethics

February 19 @ 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

"Insurrectionist Ethics: Black Motherhood and End of Life Care" Yolonda Y. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Howard University and, for 2019-2020, a Fellow at the  National Humanities Center. Her work focuses on bioethics, social and political philosophy, race theory, and feminist philosophy. Organized by the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies as part of their Slavery and Its Afterlives Series.

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Jeff Spinner-Halev on Individual Responsibility and Distributive Justice

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"Individual Responsibility and Distributive Justice" Jeff Spinner-Halev is the Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics in the Political Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Boundaries of Citizenship:  Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994);  Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000); and   Enduring Injustice (Cambridge University Press, 2012). ABSTRACT: The specter of individual responsibility haunts many contemporary liberal arguments about distributive justice.…

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March 2020

Ethics Around the Table: Amelia Gibson on Marginalization

March 4 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

“When Access Isn’t Enough: Information, Data, and Marginalization” Dr. Amelia Gibson studies health, wellness, and information practices and access in local communities and on the internet. She is particularly interested in the effects of place, space, power, and community on information worlds, information behavior, information needs, and information access. Her current work focuses on information poverty and marginalization, and how intersections of identity, place, space, and social and economic power/privilege influence information access and information behavior among young women of…

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PPE Society Annual Meeting

March 12 @ 8:00 am - March 14 @ 5:00 pm
Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 United States
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The Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society is an international professional organization for people interested in the issues that arise at the intersection of the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. Membership is open to anyone interested and is, at least currently, free. In addition to sponsoring sessions at various academic meetings, the PPE Society hosts a large annual conference in the spring. In March 2020, the meeting will again be held in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans. A link to a call…

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Postponed because of Covid-19: Daniel Markovits on the Meritocracy Trap

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

"The Meritocracy Trap" Daniel Markovits is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Private Law at Yale University. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. Meritocracy — the idea that a person’s hard work and abilities determine one’s rewards in society — sits at the very center of the American ideal. But should it? Not according to Daniel Markovits,  who argues, in The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds…

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Postponed because of COVID-19: Philosophy, Prisons, and the Search for Social Justice

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - March 21 @ 12:30 pm
Free

Once this event has a new date, we will post it here. The 2020 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities will apply philosophical analysis to specific problems of social justice, with particular attention to debates about how mass incarceration exemplifies wider social processes and policies that connect imprisonment to commercial profit. How, for example, does prison privatization undermine or promote social justice? How do philosophical arguments show the limits or possibilities for justice in private and public prison systems?…

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Sir Paul Collier on “The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties”

March 25 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

*** Postponed due to COVID-19 ***  Sir Paul Collier will deliver a lecture, “The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties,” at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the auditorium of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, capitalist societies face many challenges, including wage stagnation, increasing income and wealth inequality, widespread rural distress, stubborn pockets of poverty, an inability to deal successfully with immigration, political gridlock and the effects…

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PPE in a time of Pandemic: Moral Dilemmas, Moral Risk, and Science in a Democratic Society

March 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program  is delighted to announce a new program of online conversations to take place live, online, on Friday afternoons. Each panel will feature prominent experts in social and political thought grappling with the implications of living and thinking through these extraordinary times. It is our hope that these moderated panels will provide a means to promote intellectual community in trying times, to supplement educational programming now that the university has moved online, and to…

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Ronald Judy “On the Question of Beloved Community”

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On the Question of Beloved Community: Revisiting W. E. B. Du Bois’s critique of the Teutonic Strongman Abstract: Among the pressing issues of our moment is the continuing appeal of the authoritarian strong man. The why and how of that appeal relates to the fundamental ethical propositions of society as much as it is does the political and economic factors associated with globalization. Those propositions and factors were very much at the forefront of W. E. B. Du Bois’s thinking…

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