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Feb
2
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Lauren Bialystok @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Lauren Bialystok @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Professor Lauren Bialystok, Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

‘My Child, My Choice’? Parents’ Identity Claims and the Challenge of Sexuality Education

Many claims for recognition and special treatment take the form of asserting an identity and insisting that it imposes ethical obligations on others (“I am x, therefore you must y”). Claims of sexual identity are paradigmatically of this form: being gay or being gender non-binary, for example, entail certain treatment or non-interference by others because of their inviolability as identities. Parents who oppose progressive sexuality education are increasingly articulating their objections in an analogous form, i.e. in virtue of their identity as parents. But what kind of an identity is “parent”? By considering authority over sexuality education in terms of these identity dynamics (as opposed to, say, parental rights), I show that educational ethics demand a deeper account of what identity is and whose identities matter.

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Feb
14
Wed
Bioethics Series: Mark Navin @ C102 East Fee Hall
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Mark Navin @ C102 East Fee Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

Professor Mark Navin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oakland University

What’s the point of Michigan’s vaccine waiver education requirement?

Since 2015, Michigan parents have had to attend education sessions at public health offices if they want their unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children to attend school or daycare. This policy seems to have succeeded: the state’s nonmedical exemption rate declined by 35% from 2014 to 2015. But what explains this apparent success? Are parents changing their minds as a result of mandatory vaccine education, or are they choosing to vaccinate rather than be inconvenienced by education sessions? Also, does vaccine education promote additional public health goals, i.e. other than short-term vaccination compliance? This presentation will attempt to answer these questions by drawing on immunization records, interviews with public health staff, and surveys of health department leaders, with the goal of informing arguments about the value of Michigan’s vaccine waiver education policy.
Feb
16
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Kelly Parker @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Kelly Parker @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Professor Kelly Parker, Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

Philosophizing for Catastrophe: Resilience and the Limits of Sustainability

Environmental philosophers have recently begun to consider “resilience”–alongside or even instead of “sustainability”–as a central normative concept. This seems to reflect a recognition of indeterminate catastrophe as a certainty that people will face, as well as a change in our general expectations about how to manage the effects of catastrophe. Part 1 of this presentation provides an overview of several varieties of resilience, their relation to aspects of sustainability, and raises cautions about this shift in attention. Part 2 explores the role of philosophy in preparing for catastrophe. On the more abstract side, philosophy may provide some appropriate perspective on catastrophes; on the practical side, developing education and development strategies to build capacity for resilience in communities is a needed philosophical project. The presentation concludes with examples of such local, community engaged, collaborative, and transdisciplinary philosophical projects for developing community resilience.

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Feb
21
Wed
We Hear You: Student Roundtable @ MSU Union, Ballroom
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We Hear You: Student Roundtable @ MSU Union, Ballroom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Hosted by Associated Students of Michigan State University, Council of Graduate Students, and Resident Halls Association. These organizations are looking for student input, experiences, feedback, and ideas as it relates to the following topics:

  • Mandatory reporting, understanding, and enforcement of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policies
  • Student resources on campus as it relates to sexual assault
  • Student health and wellness resources (Counseling and Psychiatry Services)
  • Campus stakeholder and engagement for the administration and students going forward
  • What values you would like to see in the new President of MSU
Feb
22
Thu
Our Community Engaging to Move Forward @ MSU Union, Room 50
Feb 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Our Community Engaging to Move Forward @ MSU Union, Room 50 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for a guided conversation among MSU employees related to current events and climate on campus. This opportunity, with trained facilitators from the regional Facilitator’s Guild, will allow attendees to provide the context of where they see the university community now and productively discuss ideas for moving forward. All faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to come together for these events.

Feb
23
Fri
Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward @ International Center, Room 115
Feb 23 @ 5:20 pm – 6:20 pm
Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward @ International Center, Room 115 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for a guided conversation among MSU employees related to current events and climate on campus. This opportunity, with trained facilitators from the regional Facilitator’s Guild, will allow attendees to provide the context of where they see the university community now and productively discuss ideas for moving forward. All faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to come together for these events.

Feb
26
Mon
Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward @ MSU Federal Credit Union Community Room
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward @ MSU Federal Credit Union Community Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for a guided conversation among MSU employees related to current events and climate on campus. This opportunity, with trained facilitators from the regional Facilitator’s Guild, will allow attendees to provide the context of where they see the university community now and productively discuss ideas for moving forward. All faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to come together for these events.

We Hear You: Student Roundtable @ MSU Union, Ballroom
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We Hear You: Student Roundtable @ MSU Union, Ballroom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Hosted by Associated Students of Michigan State University, Council of Graduate Students, and Resident Halls Association. These organizations are looking for student input, experiences, feedback, and ideas as it relates to the following topics:

  • Mandatory reporting, understanding, and enforcement of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policies
  • Student resources on campus as it relates to sexual assault
  • Student health and wellness resources (Counseling and Psychiatry Services)
  • Campus stakeholder and engagement for the administration and students going forward
  • What values you would like to see in the new President of MSU
Feb
27
Tue
Teach In/Learn In @ MSU Union, Ballroom
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Teach In/Learn In @ MSU Union, Ballroom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

MSU community members are invited to come together to learn from one another how to build a better MSU.  We believe that the residential colleges can set an example for the entire university, and we have worked closely with our colleagues from James Madison College and the Residential Colleges for Arts and Humanities to plan a day-long event to build the leadership necessary to renew MSU.

Feb
28
Wed
Reflect and Connect: “Working to Interrupt Rape Culture.” @ Chittenden Hall, Room 110
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Reflect and Connect: “Working to Interrupt Rape Culture.” @ Chittenden Hall, Room 110 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Explore how rape culture impacts our campus community. This discussion aims to explore issues and provide strategies and resources on a personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural level. RSVP requested to MSU WorkLife Office.