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Mar
14
Wed
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ C102 East Fee Hall
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ 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 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.”

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Mar
22
Thu
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Mar
23
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

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Apr
4
Wed
Commemoration of the First MSU MLK Assassination Protest March @ Spartan Statue
Apr 4 @ 2:30 pm
Commemoration of the First MSU MLK Assassination Protest March @ Spartan Statue

Please join us for the Commemoration of the First MSU MLK Assassination Protest March from the Kellogg Center to Beaumont Tower, led by Dr. Robert L. Green, Wednesday, April 4th at 2:30. Dr. Green led the first MLK march the day after the assassination of Dr. King at MSU 50 years ago.  Dr. Green was also the Dean of the College of Urban Ed.

Apr
6
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Professor Brian Burkhart, California State University, Northridge
Decoloniality and Indigenous Environmental Philosophy Through the Land
In this talk, I will articulate what I see as the interwoven threads of the nature and the power of coloniality in the attempted obscuring of being-in-the-land and being-from-the-land. It is the imaginary conception of being as a delocalized or kinless conqueror by which European locality can conceptualize an uprooting of itself and a replanting into Indigenous land–land that has also been reimagined as mere land rather than as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship itself. Regrounding concepts of knowledge, being, morality, and even sovereignty in land, understood as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship, disrupts some of the fundamental force of coloniality and opens a space for conceptualizing an environmental philosophy that mirrors existing Indigenous environmental concepts and practices.
Apr
9
Mon
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Indian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Indian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117 | Boone | North Carolina | United States

The Muslim Studies Program Presents: The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

Indian Film Night

Moderators: S. Pillai & J. Singh

Apr
10
Tue
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Iranian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Iranian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Muslim Studies Program Presents: The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

Iranian Film Night

Moderator: Kaveh Askari

Apr
11
Wed
Bioethics Series: Reshma Jagsi @ C102 East Fee Hall
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Reshma Jagsi @ 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 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.

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The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Egyptian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Egyptian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Muslim Studies Program Presents: The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

Egyptian Film Night

Moderator: Ayman Mohamed

Apr
12
Thu
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303
Apr 12 @ 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

International Center, Room 303:
10:30-10:45am – Welcome
10:45-11:45am – Kristian Petersen, “Muslim Movie Stars: The Celebrity Politics of Islam in Public”
12:00-1:00pm – Amir Hussain, “Keeping It Real: Muslims Creating Muslim Cinema and Television”
3:00-4:00pm – Sharofat Arabova, “Poetics of Tajik Cinema”
4:15-5:15pm – Imed Ben Labidi, “Filming Conflicts: Arab/Muslim Films’ Fragmentation and Post-Nationalist Narratives”

Kellogg Center, Auditorium:
7:30-9:30pm – Keynote: Walter Armbrust on the History of Egyptian Cinema