This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.
Professor Marleen Eijkholt, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Pain but No Gain: Pain as a Problematic and Useless Concept?
References to the human experience of “pain” are common, but those references are often ambiguous and vague. Such ambiguity creates conceptual and practical challenges, especially in the work of clinical ethics consultation. While pain is a relevant clinical problem, it is also a social construct shaped by culture, environment, and gender. These distinctions however get lost in a simple “pain” reference. With several clinical ethics scenarios, Dr. Eijkholt will ask if references to pain help us with anything, or if we should perhaps abandon pain as a “useless concept.”
The 11th annual family literacy event, One World, Many Stories is proud to present Connie Schofield-Morrison’s, I Got the Rhythm, a book about expressing yourself through dance and music and being inspired by the rhythm from the world around us.
Please join us for a book reading by Marble Elementary Principal Josh Robertson. Following the reading, there will be a Family Dance Party featuring DJ Rod Carpenter, accompanied by members of MSU Pompon Team. The first 100 families get a FREE copy of the featured book! The entire event is free and open to the public.
5:30pm-6pm Pizza Dinner
6pm-6:15pm Book Reading by Marble Elementary Principal, Josh Robertson
6:15pm-7:30pm Family Dance Party Featuring DJ Rod Carpenter and Members of the MSU Pompon Team
One World, Many Stories is a community-based program for young children of all cultures. In collaboration with Michigan State University, East Lansing Public Library, and the East Lansing Public Schools, this initiative promotes family reading practices with interactive events that expose children to a variety of cultures and ideas. For the past five years, the books that were selected for this event have highlighted the importance of community participation, global citizenship, and intercultural understanding.
Featuring Dr. Ridley
Dr. Ridley will reflect on the interconnections and long history of jazz music and protest. In particular, he will examine the many connections between jazz and protest during the Civil Rights movement, and will talk about his collaborations with musicians committed to African American freedom and American democracy. Dr. Ridley will also discuss his role as an educator and the benefits of jazz education to the arts and American society.
Professor Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS) & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Leibniz Universität Hannover
How far do evolutionary explanations reach?
The notion of evolution is often used in an overly loose sense. Besides biological evolution, there i stalk of the evolution of societies, cities, languages, firms, industries, economies, technical artifacts, car models, clothing fashions, science, the universe, and so on. While in some cases the no%on of evolution is used in a metaphorical way, in other cases it is meant more literally. But exactly how much can be explained by applying an evolutionary framework to cases outside the biological realm? Can applications of evolutionary theory outside biology have a similar explanatory force as in biology? Proponents of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” think it can. I will critically examine this view by treating it as a ques%on about the metaphysics of evolutionary phenomena: To what extent do such different processes of change instan%ate the same kind of process? I will explore this question by looking at some of the conceptual requirements for generalized versions of evolutionary theory to have explanatory force in a particular domain of investigation. Because having good explanations of phenomena under study is crucial for our ability to predict and control them, this is not merely an issue of theoretical interest in the philosophy of science – it has real consequences for society and human life too.
CeLTA Student Interaction Grants provide support in reaching oral proficiency goals over the summer months.
Students in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish classes 202 or above are eligible.
If you are selected, you will receive:
- Diagnostic feedback on how to improve your speaking skills with a specialist from CeLTA
- 5 free conversations with trained native speakers via TalkAbroad (talkabroad.com) – a $50 value
- Free consultations with CeLTA staff to help you structure goals and activities of the conversation sessions
This is an excellent opportunity to advance your speaking skills and to get guided feedback on your speaking proficiency. Because these activities can be done using video conferencing, you do not need to be physically present on campus; a webcam and a good Internet connection are required.
If selected, you are expected to:
- Take a computerized interview to assess your current language speaking ability
- Meet with a CeLTA language specialist for feedback on improving your speaking skills and how to navigate TalkAbroad
- Engage in reflection on your speaking by transcribing one conversation
- Email CeLTA your transcription after your fifth conversation and submit feedback forms on the program
- Complete all activities above by the end of August
If all of the criteria are met, there will be an opportunity to receive 5 more free conversations.
Applications are due April 5, 2018 at 5 pm.
If you have questions, please contact Daniel Trego at email@example.com.
This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.
Professor Reshma Jagsi, Department of Radiation Oncology, Director of Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
Ethical Issues Related to Fundraising from Grateful Patients
Healthcare institutions are becoming increasingly deliberate about philanthropic fundraising given the need to sustain their missions in the face of decreases in governmental research funds and lowering reimbursement for clinical care. Donations from grateful patients constitute 20% of all philanthropic contributions to academic medical centers, totaling nearly $1 billion a year in recent years. Little evidence exists to guide the ethical practice of grateful patient fundraising, and concerns exist regarding privacy and confidentiality, patient vulnerability, and physicians’ conflicts of obligations in this context.
The 8th Annual MSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will start with Prof. Christopher Yeomans’s keynote lecture titled “The Temporal Strata of Historical Experience” on Friday, April 13th.
The conference will continue on Saturday, April 14th with student papers.
Christopher Yeomans, Purdue University
The Temporal Strata of Historical Experience
In this paper, I try to reconstruct the way that concepts, time and history are connected in the thought of G.W.F. Hegel. My starting point is a famous criticism of Hegel’s theory of time by Martin Heidegger, according to which it represents the apotheosis of our everyday,unthinking conception of time as being essentially like space, i.e., a series of nows one right after the other in the same way that space represents a series of points simply next to each other (SZ §82). In reply, I argue that for Hegel, historical experience consists of the interaction of multiple temporal perspectives, each manifesting a distinctive kind of logical perspective. This gives Hegel’s thought a unique perspective on the question of historical progress.
Professor Alice Crary, New School for Social Research
The Methodological is the Political
Any feminism worthy of the name must direct attention to the interrelatedness of systems of oppression and must in this sense be politically radical. This core political lesson of some Second Wave feminist writings has an important methodological aspect. Many feminist thinkers contend that the intersecting patterns of behavior constitutive of gender-based abuses are recognizable as the abuses they are only when looked at in the light of an appreciation of the significance of forms of social vulnerability that pervasive gender-bias occasions. These thinkers suggest that, if we are to combat sexist social formations, we therefore need to complement our political radicalism with a methodological radicalism that involves making use of the practical power of ethically non-neutral resources, conceived as in themselves cognitively authoritative. Despite its apparent widespread acceptance, this methodological precept goes missing in an emerging body of feminist theory loosely associated with analytic philosophy. The current article takes Miranda Fricker’s celebrated 2007 book Epistemic Injustice as representative of this developing feminist corpus, bringing out how Fricker unquestioningly—and incorrectly—takes for granted that ethical neutrality is a regulative ideal for all world-directed thought. The article’s ambition is to revive venerable calls for ethically nonneutral modes of feminist social criticism by showing that the methodological conservativism to which Fricker is committed is fatal to feminist politics.