Jesi Taylor, a current undergraduate, writes:
Even a slight change can make a huge difference. Sometimes just dipping your toes into the lake of diversity can make your transformative space, the classroom, a more inviting environment that can, to some students, feel emancipatory. Many conversations with fellow students have made it clear to me that students feel inspired to learn and compelled to engage with the text when they see or feel a bit of themselves in the syllabus. At Brooklyn College I was thrilled to read Fanon and Beauvoir in my Existentialism and Phenomenology course and Mary Astell, Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Anne Conway in my Modern Philosophy course. We even read a piece by Eileen O’Neill entitled “Disappearing Ink: Early Modern Women Philosophers and Their Fate in History”. With those texts as the topic of discussion, we were able to discuss issues related to race and gender as they relate to ancient and contemporary issues in Philosophy.
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The conference is interested in the ethics and politics of public policies that aim to enhance individual agency by shaping personal decision making and changing individual behaviours. Recent years have seen a proliferation of academic research and public programming aimed at improving individual and social outcomes through overt and covert efforts to change the decisions and behaviors of individual agents. These policies raise deep ethical questions about the proper role of government, the circumstances of justice, the nature and importance of individual agency, and the role of social norms in shaping preferences and actions.
Programme 26 May 2016
- 9:00-10:00 Serena Parekh (Northeastern)-Taking Seriously the Agency of Refugees
- 10:15-11:45 Grad Panel 1:
- Jorge Fabra Zamora (McMaster)- Making Justice Real: The Challenges of Global Law
- Blair Peruniak (Oxford)-Displacement, Responsibility, and Massively Shared Agency
- Andrew Molas (York)- Defending the CRPD: Dignity, Flourishing, and the Universal Right to Mental Health
- 11:45-13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-14:15 Invited Keynote: Clare Chambers (Cambridge) – Regulating Religious Marriage
- 14:15-15:15 Jennifer Morton (City College of NY)- Can Education Undermine Representation?
- 15:30-16:30 Alison Jaggar (Colorado/Birmingham) and Corwin Aragon (Concordia) – Agency, Complicity, and Global Ethics: Social Power and the Responsibility to Remedy Structural Injustice
- 16:45-18:15 Public Lecture: Carl Hart (Columbia) How Pot (and other recreational drugs) Can Cure Racism
- 19:00-21:00 Conference Dinner
Programme 27 May 2016
- 9:00-10:00 Invited Keynote: Serene Khader (Brooklyn College)- Do Muslim Women Really Need Freedom?
- 10:30-12:00 Grad Panel 2:
- Stephanie Sheintul (Wisconsin)- Moral Status and Paternalism;
- Ji Young Lee (Bristol) A Millian Perspective on Paternalism;
- Nicolas Brando (KU Leuven) Cultivating the Potential Self: Children and Agency in the Contractarian and Capability Theory
- 12:00-13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-14:15 Invited Keynote: Kimberley Brownlee—Global Issues of Sociability
- 14:15-15:15 Steve Weidmer (Arkansas State)- Adaptive Preferences and Respect for Agency
- 15:30-16:30 Heather Widdows (Birmingham)-The Demands of Beauty: Choice, Coercion, and Exploitation
For more, go here.