The Open Classroom topic this semester for the School of Public Policy is Justice: What is Right and Why. There will be lectures related to the theme each Wednesday throughout the semester, 6-8pm, in West Village F, Room 20. The class begins September 3rd, and Ethics Institute faculty will be presenting on September 10th and 17th. The complete Schedule can be found here.
Prof. Rory Smead’s research on the evolution of spite and cooperation was recently featured in an article in the New York Times. The original research article, “The Evolution of Fairness Through Spite,” can be found here, and the New York Times article is here.
Prof. Steve Nathanson recently testified in the last day of a trial of 12 protestors who committed acts of civil disobedience by trespassing at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass. Based on his prior writings about civil disobedience and the moral status of obedience to law, Steve was asked to be an expert witness on the circumstances under which civil disobedience might be justified and how it is supposed to be efficacious form of protest. The following article from the Cape Cod Times includes quotes from Steve as well as descriptions of the last day of the trial and the judge’s verdict. Downwinders convictedCapeCodTimes
The Ethics Institute is co-sponsoring the Local Environmental Action Conference this year. For more information, please click here.
The Ethics Institute is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 Visiting Scholars Program. Information on the program can be found here. For questions about the program, please contact Ronald Sandler (email@example.com).