2006 Year in Review

Programs and Projects
Sponsored Lectures

 Programs and Projects

Ethics of Teaching Seminar

On Oct. 24, 2006 the Center co-sponsored a lunch-time event (with the Center for Teaching) on the Ethics of Teaching. This event was open to all faculty and graduate students. Click here for more information.

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An Integral Approach to Engineering EthicsEngineer Workshop

 

On October 16-17, 2006, the Center sponsored a workshop entitled, "An Integral Approach to Engineering Ethics." The goal of this workshop was to promote the inclusion of segments on ethics in the mainstream curriculum as well as leadership on ethical issues among members of the faculty. For the seminar schedule, click here. For a paper describing similar seminars entitled, "Learning and Teaching Ethics in Engineering," click here. For a copy of the powerpoint presentation of this seminar, click here for Day 1 and here Day 2. For a copy of the ethical decision making resource pages, click here. For a copy of worksheets for this seminar, click here.

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The Ethics of Teaching

On Sept. 27, 2006, the Center co-sponsored the first part of a two part lunch-time event (with the Center for Teaching) on the Ethics of Teaching.

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Teaching the Hard Stuff

In May, 2006, in cooperation with Kate Daniels, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science, the Center sponsored a faculty seminar on “Teaching the Hard Stuff.” The goal was to consider the importance and difficulties of addressing highly sensitive or controversial issues in class and to discuss strategies for handling these difficulties and sensitivities effectively. For more information on this seminar, click here.

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New course: Introduction to Medical Ethics (PHIL 108), Department of Philosophy.

The goal of introducing this course is to meet an existing need and to provide a core course for the Program in Medicine, Health, and Society.

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During the Fall semester of ’06, the Center supplemented PHIL 105 (Ethics), taught by John Lachs, Professor of Philosophy, by sponsoring four graduate students who are in disciplines other than philosophy as additional TAs for the course. 

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The Center sponsored a trans-school course for Spring semester ’07 entitled “Democracy and Conviction”, taught by Rob Talisse (Associate Professor, Philosophy), Brooke Ackerly (Associate Professor, Political Science), John Weymark (Professor of Economics) and John Goldberg (Professor of Law).

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In conjunction with the Trans-disciplinary Initiative on Environmental Systems (TIES) Program, and with Monica Casper, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Center sponsored a trans-disciplinary course called “Perspectives on Environmental Justice and Politics: Yucca Mountain” in the Fall semester of ’06. We also sponsored an Environmental Ethics Project forwarded by Patricia Conway (graduate student in Leadership, Organization, and Policy Program, Peabody College of Education). She organized resources and interested faculty toward the end of forming a research group on environmental ethics.

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No ChoiceAfrican and African American Art Project. In conjunction with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the goal of this project is to encourage and find the means to support the purchase and display on campus of art-works by African and African American artists.

Right: "No Choice" by Charly Palmer

Jubilation II

Above: "Jubilation II" by Oluseyi Stephen Babalola
Below: "Evening in North" by Oluseyi Stephen Babalola
Evening in North

 

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 Sponsored Lectures

"An Inconvenient Truth": Global Warming Film and Discussion Series. On Nov. 27-30, the Center co-sponsored a free viewing of the documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' at the Sarratt Cinema. After each viewing, a discussion was led by Vanderbilt Faculty on one of four key global warming issues: the science, the ethics, the politics and the economics of global warming.

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On October 25-28, 2006, the Center co-sponsored the joint annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference and the Mid-America College Art Association, particularly the panel discussion entitled “The Artist’s Imperative.”

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Reception for Pencil Partnership teachers at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, Oct. 19th, 2006, Fine Arts Gallery.

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Lee Warren, Associate Director, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, 12:10-1:30 Oct. 10, 2006. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching

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Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility, Oct. 10, 2006. Sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

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Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Assoc. Professor of Women’s Studies, Emory University, “Can Disability be Chic? High Fashion Images of disability in Late Capitalism.” Friday, Sept. 28, 2006. Co-sponsored with Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Jennifer Obidah, Director, Center for Education Evaluation, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados. Sept. 7, 2006. “Racism and Identity in Teacher Education: Novice Teachers’ Moments of Conflict.” Sponsored by Center for the Americas

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"Natural Evils: From Lisbon to New Orleans." Susan Neiman (Director of the Einstein Forum in Berlin, Germany). Berry Lecture in Philosophy, April 10, 2006.

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