How should we think about climate change?

2011-05-19 by

Philosophy professor Raymond Anthony previews the ethics questions to be tackled at the Sept. 8-9 Climate Change Works-in-Progress Conference at UAA.

Conference detail:

“Ethically, what part should we play in the Earth’s changing climate? While many of us still struggle to understand the underlying science well enough to evaluate climate-related controversies, a host of politicians, policy makers and scientists have argued that climate change is first and foremost an ethical issue. Consequently, it should be of serious concern to both moral philosophers and all of humanity.

However, only a few moral philosophers are publishing on climate ethics. Some are deterred by the scientific and conceptual difficulty of the subject matter. Others are dissuaded by the enormity of the problems. Here, they are defeated by the sense that climate change is the most critical environmental challenge facing humanity; a colossal calamity riddled with seemingly intractable intra-generational and inter-generational quagmires.

Further, like many laypersons, some philosophers are also overwhelmed by the complexity of the issues and the amount of effort it may take to be proficient in them, since climate change transects numerous disciplinary boundaries.

The public is invited to engage with philosophers and Ph.D. students who are currently helping to frame, shape and discuss the ethical and philosophical dimensions of climate change through their own work. A public symposium is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 at UAA. This conference is funded by the National Science Foundation and sponsored by the UAA Department of Philosophy. Links to the bios of the senior scholars appear below.

This interview with Prof. Raymond Anthony was recorded May 13, 2011.

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Climate Ethics Works in Progress Conference Sept. 8-9, 2011
Conference website, new material added frequently
Bryan A. Norton
Philosophy professor, Georgia Tech
Paul B. Thompson
W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agriculture, Food and Community Ethics
Clark Wolf
Philosophy professor, Iowa State University
Chrisoula Andreou
Philosophy professor, University of Utah

2011 Meritorious Service Awards reception

2011-05-19 by News, Sports, and Art

UAA honored Carla Beam, Michael Carey, Mary Epperson and Richard Neubauer with Meritorious Service Awards at a reception on April 30, 2011.

A Meritorious Service Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to UAA or to an Alaska community.

00:30 – Chancellor Fran Ulmer introduces incoming Chancellor Tom Case
03:35 – incoming Chancellor Tom Case
06:20 – Janie Leask introduces award recipient Carla Beam
11:30 – Carla Beam
14:20 – Peter Porco introduces Michael Carey
23:05 – Michael Carey
27:05 – Mel Kalwowski introduces Richard Neubauer
31:50 – Richard Neubauer
35:50 – Tom Case recognizes Mary Epperson
37:15 – Tom Case introduces UA Regent Kirk Wickersham
37:35 – Kirk W makes proclamation
38:50 – Tom Case opens the program to friends and family to comment and support the award recipients
46:15 – Tom Case closes the program

This podcast was recorded on April 30, 2011.

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EJ David previews his May 19, 2011 talk on Filipino-American postcolonial psychology

2011-05-19 by

Filipino Americans have alarmingly high rates of depression (30%). Many scholars have speculated that an inferior mentality fostered by hundreds of years of colonialism by the Catholic Church and the United States are the cause. In this brief recorded interview, David explains how his personal questions of identity led him to explore why he felt being Filipino was somehow less. His research, resulting in a recent book, definitively links the colonialism and depression in Filipino-Americans.

He speaks 1-3 p.m. May 19 at the UAA Campus Bookstore. This interview was recorded May 17, 2011.

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Green & Gold News
Announcement of EJ David's May 19, 2011 talk
Interview of EJ David
Arctic Sounder newspaper
Feature on EJ David's book
Colonial Mentality
project website with book details