Lecture Series

The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University offers lectures each semester. See current event descriptions. Check back often for updates. 

Current events

 2020

January 16 - "Ethics by the Book: Current Issues in Medicine and Climate Policy," 4 p.m., Waldo Library, Meader Room (third floor). Panelists: Fritz Allhoff, Professor, Department of Philosophy, WMU; Sandra L. Borden, Professor, School of Communication, WMU; Ron Kramer, Professor, Department of Sociology, WMU. Co-sponsor: Waldo Libraries. Download flier.

February 6 - "The Menace and Ethics of Fake News: Imaginary Outlaws, Exalted Heroes and the Death of Ned Christie," 5 p.m., 1025 Brown Hall. Devon Mihesuah, Professor, Department of Humanities, University of Kansas. Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, Philosophy Department. Download flier

Past events

2019

January 22 - Mitchell Winget, graduate student, Department of Philosophy, and Arthur Woodworth, pre-engineering major, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, "Essay Contest Winners on Making Ethics Vital," 4 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Download flier. Watch video.

February 6 - Laura Black, Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, “Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Engaged Scholarship,” 5 p.m. 1028 Brown Hall. Co-sponsors: School of Communication, Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, WMU Cooley Law School Center for Civil Discourse. Download flier. Watch video.

February 12 - Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor, Program in Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law, WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, "Making People Better: Saving Us from Ourselves through Moral Enhancement,” 6:30 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Department of Psychology. Download flier. Watch video.

March 12 - Charlie Kurth, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department,“Should Politicians be Anxious?” 6 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: Department of History, Department of Political Science. Download flier. Watch video. Listen to podcast.

March 18 - Ron A. Cisler, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, “Does Community-Wide Public Health Prevention Work? From Reducing Teen Births to Addressing Today’s Opioid Epidemic,” 6 p.m., 210 Bernhard. Co-sponsor: College of Health and Human Services. Download flier. Rescheduled from Jan. 29.

March 25 - Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Director, Dangerous Speech Project, "Social Media and Mass Violence," Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture, 6 p.m., Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: School of Communication, Department of Political Science, Global and International Studies, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War (KNOW), WMU Cooley Law School Center for Civil Discourse. Download flier. Listen to WMUK interview.

September 4 - Bernhard Stahl, International Politics, University of Passau (Germany), "Politics of Denial: Germany's International Responsibility and the Silencing of Mass Atrocities," 3:30 p.m. Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center. Co-Sponsors: Department of Political Science and Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Download flier. Listen to interview. Listen to lecture.

September 20 - Jason Marker, M.D., Memorial Hospital (South Bend, IN), “If the United States Promised Health Care as a ‘Right,’ What Would We REALLY Have to Deliver?" Keynote, 2019 WMU Medical Humanities Conference, 5 p.m., Auditorium, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 300 Portage Street. Co-sponsors: WMU Medical Humanities Workgroup, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Download flier.

October 4 - Ashley Atkins, Philosophy, Western Michigan University, “Race and the Politics of Loss: Revisiting the Legacy of Emmett Till,” 3:30 p.m., 2008 Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Co-sponsors: Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Frostic School of Art, Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations. Download talk. Download flier. Listen to interview.

October 10 - Juan Cole, History, University of Michigan, "The Saudi Crisis in the Contemporary Middle East,” 6:45 p.m. Kirsch Auditorium, Fetzer Center. H. Nicholas Hamner Lecture. Co-Sponsors: Department of History, Department of World Languages and Literatures, Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, Department of Sociology, Colleagues International, Southwest Michigan Educational Initiative on the Eastern Indian Ocean, Islam in Global Perspective Speakers Series, Institute of Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, Department of Comparative Religion, Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Download flier.

October 23 - David J. Gunkel, Communication, Northern Illinois University, 6 p.m. Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: Communication and Social Robotics Labs, School of Communication. Download flier.

November 6 - Anna Popkova and Taylor Koopman, Communication, “Populism, Social Media and Democratic Participation,” 6 p.m. Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center. Co-sponsor: School of Communication. Download flier.

November 22 - Saba Bazargan-Forward, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, "Justifying the Beneficiary Pays Principle," 5 p.m., 157 Bernhard Center. Keynote speaker, Philosophy Graduate Conference. Co-Sponsors: Department of Philosophy, Graduate Student Association. Download flier.

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