Lecture Series

The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University offers programs each semester.  All events are free and open to the public. See current event descriptions. Check back often for updates. Download flier.

Current events

2021

September 24 - "The Racialized Imagination and the Practice of Medicine," 12 p.m. on Teams. Patrick T. Smith, Theological Ethics and Bioethics, Duke University Divinity School. Keynote for 11th annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference. All are welcome to attend the entire conference on Teams. Email medical-humanities@wmich.edu for more information. Co-Sponsors: Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workgroup, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Department of Philosophy

October 11 - "Empathy for the Dead," 4 p.m. at the Amphitheater on the Western Michigan University campus (between Knauss/Friedman/Dunbar). Ashley Atkins, Philosophy, Western Michigan University. In case of inclement weather, event will be held virtually on Webex. Register to be notified and to receive link. Co-Sponsor: Department of Philosophy. Download flier. Listen to the podcast.

October 28 - "A Conversation about Ethics and Carceral Higher Education," 4 p.m. on Webex. Rebecca Ginsburg, Education Justice Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Dale Brown, Prison Education Outreach Program, Western Michigan University. Register for link. Co-Sponsors: Department of Philosophy and the Educational Foundations M.A. program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies. Download flier.

November 4 - "A Conversation about Ethics and Political Rhetoric," 5:30 p.m. on WebEx. Peter Loge, Project on Ethics in Political Communication, The George Washington University, with Sandra L. Borden, Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, Western Michigan University. Register for link. Co-sponsors: School of Communication and Department of Political Science

Past events

2021

January 13 - Discussion of "The Infiltrators," 7 p.m. on Zoom. The film is available on Amazon Prime or to rent for $3.99 on YouTube. Netflix subscribers are invited to also view “Immigration Nation 2020, Episode 4: The New Normal.” Dialogue partners will be Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) legal staff and Executive Director of El Concilio Kalamazoo Adrian Vazquez. The theme is “Standing in the Gap: Human Rights and Immigration Detention.” Part of the Human Rights and Migration Film Discussion Series sponsored by JFON.Co-sponsors: Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Kalamazoo Film Society, El Concilio and the Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative. Participants must registerDownload flier.

April 5 - Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture, “Political Effectiveness, Negative Externalities, and the Ethics of Economic Sanctions,” 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Dursun Peksen, Political Science, University of Memphis. Co-Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Economics, Global and International Studies, Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Participants must register. Download flier. Watch video. Listen to podcast.

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, Department of Philosophy. Download flier.

September 25 - “‘You Took an Oath!’ The Role of Oaths and Codes in Medical Education and their Representation in Film and Television,” noon on Microsoft Teams. Kayhan Parsi, professor of bioethics and health policy at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, and Nanette Elster, associate professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Part of the 10th annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference. Co-Sponsors: Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workgroup and Western Michigan University Dr. Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Check back for link. Download flier.

October 13 - Discussion of the films “Crossing Arizona” available on Amazon and “Immigration Nation, Episode 6” available on Netflix, 7 p.m. on Zoom. Nicole Smith and Austin Shipman from the Undocumented Migration Project will be the dialogue partners. The theme is “Beyond Border Politics.” Part of the Human Rights and Migration Film Discussion Series sponsored by Justice for our Neighbors.Co-sponsors: Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Kalamazoo Film Society, El Concilio and the Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative. Participants must register. Download flier.

November 11 - Discussion of excerpts from "New Immigrant & Refugee Vision" and "A Well-Founded Fear," 7 p.m. on Zoom. Dialogue partners will be Maria Roche-Dean, WMU Bronson School of Nursing and Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative Board member Shukurani Nsengiyumva; and a filmmaker and film subject from Community Sponsored Films in Massachusetts who highlight aspects of refugee resettlement in their work. The theme is "In Their Own Voices: Refugee Resettlement." Part of the Human Rights and Migration Film Discussion Series sponsored by Justice for our Neighbors.Co-sponsors: Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Kalamazoo Film Society, El Concilio and the Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative. Participants must register. Download flier.

December 17 - Discussion of "Sin Nombre," 7 p.m. on Zoom. Dialogue partners will be Sandra Borden, director of the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, and Alvaro Paz, who has specialized expertise in youth engagement and international relations. The theme is "Ethical Migration." Part of the Human Rights and Migration Film Discussion Series sponsored by Justice for our Neighbors.Co-sponsors: Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Kalamazoo Film Society, El Concilio and the Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative. Participants must register. Download flier.

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