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Peter Vallentyne, Florence G. Kline Chair in Philosophy, University of Missouri, spoke to students on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM on themes from political theory. He delivered a colloquium to the Philosophy Department on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM, “Self-Defense against Rights-Intrusions (Non-Culpable and Culpable)”.

Symposium on Disaster Ethics and Public Policy:
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:00-2:15, University Center 485.
Prof. Robert Klein (risk management and insurance, Georgia State University)
Prof. Richard Olson (politics and international relations, Florida International University)
Prof. Daniel Smith, (economics, Troy University)

Colloquium: James Stacey Taylor, Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of New Jersey, March 29, 2013, “Why we cannot wrong the dead: The case of promising.”  

Colloquium: Jason Brennan, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University, February 22, 2013, “Against Compulsory Voting”

Fall 2012 speaker series: “Values and Social Choice” (cosponsored with the Department of Economics of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies).

Four distinguished guests visited Georgia State as part of a speaker series. Each delivered a colloquium to the Departments of Economics and Philosophy. Each also sopke at the seminar on “Values and Preferences in Social Choice”, which was team taught by Profs. Yongsheng Xu (Economics) and Andrew I. Cohen (Philosophy). The course and speaker series were inspired by C. Richard Long, Georgia State economics (emeritus). He generously helped to fund the Fall speaker series:

Prasanta Pattanaik (Economics, University of California - Riverside) 10/10-11, with a presentation, “On the Notion of Capability,” Th 10/11, 3 PM, room 749, AYSPS.

Daniel Hausman (Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison) 10/22-23, with a colloquium, T 10/23, “Health, Well Being, and Preferences,” 2:30, Philosophy Department Conference Room (11th floor, 34 Peachtree).

Laura Taylor (Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University) 10/29-30, with a presentation on T 10/30, “Identifying the Value of a Statistical Life: A Quasi-Experimental Approach,” 3 PM, room 749 AYSPS.

Iwao Hirose (Philosophy, McGill University) 11/13-14, with a colloquium, T 11/13, “Telic Egalitarianism,” 2:30, Philosophy Department Conference Room (11th floor, 34 Peachtree).

“Slavery and Freedom”
A One-day Faculty Seminar led by Orlando Patterson, Harvard University
April 6, 2012

“To be or Not to be (a Parent): How interdisciplinary research on well-being can help us with the big questions”
Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities).
Cosponsored with the Center for Ethics Student Forum and Phi Sigma Tau.

Colloquium: “Compensatory Justice”
February 17, 2012
Bernie Boxill (UNC-Chapel Hill, Philosophy).

The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and the Department of Philosophy cosponsored a series of talks on diversity in academia in the Spring of 2012. Among the speakers were Bernie Boxill (UNC-Chapel Hill, philosophy), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, philosophy), Dabney Dixon (Georgia State, Chemistry), and Louise Antony (U-Mass, Amherst, Philosophy).

Brownbag Lunch:“The Four Pillars of a Free Society”
April 19, 2011
Brad Thompson, History, Clemson University

Colloquium:"Legitimacy and (Natural) Rights"
Bas Van der Vossen, (philosophy, UNC-Greensboro)

“Reflections on the Standard of the Reasonable Person in Criminal Law”
March 19, 2011. Marcia Baron (Indiana University, Philosophy).
Cosponsored with the Center for Ethics Student Forum and Phi Sigma Tau.

Panel Discussion on the Health Impact Fund (HIF)
September 23, 2010
Co-sponsored by Center for Ethics Student Forum, Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The HIF attempts to use market forces to increase incentives for research, development, and distribution of pharmaceuticals targeting the developing world. Panelists will include Prof. Thomas Pogge (philosophy, Yale), Dr. Harvey Rubin, MD (medicine, University of Pennsylvania), and Prof. Aidan Hollis (economics, University of Calgary).

Brownbag Lunch: “The History of Classical Liberalism"
Sept. 29, 2010
Brian Doherty, senior editor, Reason magazine.

Panel: "Careers in Public Policy"
Sept 28, 2010
Panelists: Carolyn Bourdeaux, Associate Professor of Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at GSU; Brian Doherty, senior editor, Reason magazine; Alan Essig, Executive Director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute; Mary Margaret Lewis, General Counsel and Director of Development at the Georgia Public Policy Institute; Dan Werner, Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Colloquium:"Blame, Italian Style"
April 23, 2010
Susan Wolf (UNC-Chapel Hill, Philosophy)

Brownbag Lunch: "Tax Increases During a Recession: The Wrong Medicine for Georgia"
April 22, 2010
Featured Speaker: Professor Scott Beaulier (Economics, Mercer University).

Symposium: "The Economic Crisis: Lessons Learned"
April 20, 2010.
Featuring Roger Tutterow (Economics, Mercer College), C. Richard Long (Economics, Georgia State, emeritus), and Alan Essig (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute).

Symposium: "Criminal Justice with Lean Budgets: The Case of Georgia"
April 13, 2010
Panelists: Mary Margaret Lewis, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation; Representative Jerry Madden, Texas House of Representatives.

Colloquium, "On the significance of Property"
April 8, 2010
Speaker: Professor David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

"What Humanists Should Know About Islam and the Middle East”
A One-Day Seminar led by Juan R.L. Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
Date: Friday, October 2, 2009

Among all of the scholars and commentators in the U.S. who have written and spoken about Islam and the Middle East, Dr. Juan R.L. Cole stands out for his prodigious historical and cultural knowledge, his mastery of the pertinent languages, and above all, his incisive and reasoned assessment of matters whose discussion is too often enveloped in ignorance and irrationality.

The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and the Middle East Institute are pleased to announce that Dr. Cole will be visiting GSU in order to discuss his work with our Arts and Sciences faculty. The seminar will take place on October 2, 9:30am to 4:30pm. There will be two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions. The discussions will center on readings from two of Dr. Cole’s books, _Sacred Space and Holy War_ and _Engaging the Muslim World_. Please obtain your own copy of the later book for the seminar. See the schedule below for the topics and readings for each session.

Faculty Seminar: Race and Racism in America
April 3, 2009
Dr. Lawrence D. Bobo, W.E.B. Dubois Professor of Social Sciences at Harvard University, lead a one-day seminar on “Race and Racism in America.”

Symposium on the Economy in Crisis: Causes and Cures
Wednesday March 18, 2009,
Panelists: Prof. Steven Horwitz, chair, economics, St. Lawrence University; Prof. Carol Osler, Program Director, Lemberg Masters in International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University.

Symposium : Human Rights in an Age of Insecurity
March 27, 2009
What are the challenges and opportunities for human rights today? In the post-9/11 world, new threats have persuaded many citizens in liberal democracies to endorse human rights restrictions and expanded government surveillance techniques. In this age of insecurity, advocates have encountered new obstacles to promoting, monitoring, and implementing rights protections. The United Nations has often seemed incapable of brokering and enforcing human rights agreements. Heightened public fear has decreased sympathy for rights like habeas corpus, the prohibition of torture, and privacy. The broadening sphere of state secrecy has restricted the public’s right to information.

What is the relative significance of the right to security among the panoply of rights? How can human rights monitors overcome public indifference in the face of security threats? What can human rights do in the second decade of the new millennium?

Our distinguished panelists will examine the obstacles to human rights monitoring and enforcement during periods of insecurity, and consider how to make the human rights system as effective as possible in this environment in the coming decade.

Keynote address: Michael Posner, President, Human Rights First

Cosponsored by the Middle East Institute and the Center for Democracy and Human Rights

Annual Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Student Symposium
March 14, 2009

Featuring five student essays and a keynote address by Prof. Mark Murphy (Philosophy, Georgetown): "A Neglected Solution to the Problem of Political Authority?" The symposium was an undergraduate and graduate conference of philosophy papers on any topic of philosophical interest, open to all undergraduates and graduate students from any university.

“What Humanists Should Know About Science, Sex, Race, and Violence”
October 9 & 10, 2008
A one-day Faculty Seminar, October, 2008, Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Professor of Geography at UCLA.

Symposium on the Election and Voter Competence
October 4, 2008
Noted author James Bovard will speak on "The Perils of Attention Deficit Democracy." Prof Dan Franklin of Political Science will comment. Their discussion will be a debate regarding whether the 2008 election - or any election - can adequately protect Americans' rights and liberties.

Lecture: The Limits of Reproductive Freedom
January 9, 2008
Speaker: David Benatar, University of Cape Town

Lecture: Pluralilty of Values
November 13, 2007
Speaker: Alan Carter, University of Glasgow

Ethics in Traffic Symposiums
September 20, 2007 “Are we really addicted to cars?”, Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.). Respondent: Peter Lindsay (political science).
October 4, 2007 “Pavement, traffic, and ethics” – Panel discussion featuring Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Joel Peddle, ; and Lee Biola, Citizens for Progressive Transit

Panel: Religion, Globalization, and Public Health
September 27th 2006
Interfaith panel discussion featuring:
Plemon T. El-Amin, the Masjid Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim and the Rainbow Center in Atlanta
Rev. H. Ray Newman, Sr., Specialist of the Ethics Public Affairs Ministry of the Georgia Baptist Convention
Kencho Tenzin, former Buddhist monk with the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India and graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University.

Lecture: Forced Sterilization Laws: The 100 Year History of Eugenics
October 18, 2006
Speaker: Professor Paul Lombardo, Georgia State University

Ethics Panel: Globalizing the American Way
October 19, 2006
Maureen Kelley, University of Alabama - Birmingham
Scott Beaulier, Mercer University
Michael Eriksen, Georgia State University

Religion and Natural Disasters: An Interfaith Panel Discussion
November 8, 2005
Rev. E. Claiborne Jones: Director and Vicar, Emmaus House, Atlanta
Plemon T. El-Amin: Masjid Imman at Atlanta Masjid Of Al-Islam
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman: Rabbi Emeritus of The Temple
Kencho Tenzin: trained at Drepund Loseling Monastery; teacher at Drepung Loseling Institute in Atlanta

Colloquium: Democratic Distributive Justice and Rawls's Idea of the Social Minimum:
April 22, 2005
Rex Martin, University of Kansas.

Ossabaw Inaugural Lecture
September 28, 2005
Jonathan W. Malino, Guilford College
Perspectives on Religious Pluralism: Talmud, Philosophy, and Israeli Politics
34 Peachtree Street, 11th floor conference room.

Colloquium: Human Rights and the Legacy of King
January 21, 2005
Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative week at Georgia State: Michael Sullivan, Emory University.

Symposium: Tsunami Relief Symposium
January 19, 2005
William Waugh, Jr., Prof. of Public Administration and Urban Studies/Political Science
Prof. Jennifer McCoy, Associate Professor of Political Science
Prof. Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Director, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Symposia
cosponsored by Office of Student Life/Leadership & Intercultural Relations, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of African American Studies, Program in Religious Studies, Georgia StateUniversity Housing, Office of Undergraduate Studies:
Keynote Address, Raymond T. Diamond, Prof. of Law, Tulane University, November 5, 2004.
Colloquium: Andrew Valls, Political Science, Oregon State University: “The Broken Promise of Racial Integration.” November 1, 2004.
Screening and Discussion: “The Intolerable Burden.” Panelists: filmmaker Connie Curry; Cliff Kuhn, History; Akinyele Umoja, African American Studies. November 3, 2004.

Colloquium: International Aid: When Giving Becomes a Vice
October 22, 2004
Neera Badhwar, University of Oklahoma

Colloquium: Why Your Life Is So Much Worse Than You Think
October 15, 2005
David Benatar, University of Cape Town

March 23, 2004 Same-Sex Marriage and the Law
Clark Cunningham: W. Lee Burge Professor of Law & Ethics.
L. Lynn Hogue: Professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University and Executive Director of the Southeastern Legal Foundation in Atlanta.
Ellen Taylor: Associate Professor at Georgia State University's College of Law.

March 24, 2004 Same-Sex Marriage and Religion
Richard A. Goode, Assoc. Prof. and Chair of Urban Studies, Beulah Heights Bible College
Rabbi Joshua Lesser: M.H. L. of Congregation Bet Haverim.
B. Wiley Stephens, Senior Pastor, Dunwoody United Methodist Church
The Reverend Canon Gray Temple: Rector of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church.

March 25, 2004 Same Sex Marriage: Ethics and Public Policy
Prof. John Corvino: teaches philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Randy Hicks: president of the Georgia Family Council (GFC), a non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families in the state of Georgia.
Professor Juliana Kubala: (PhD: Emory University) teaches with the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (PTI) at Georgia State University and at the English Department of Clark Atlanta University.

March 3, 2004
Coretta Brown, Organizer for 9to5, National Association of Working Women
Pierre Ferrari, President, “Hot Fudge” Venture Capital Fund
Rev. Debra Metzgar Shew, Emmaus House.
E. Frank Stephenson, Assoc. Prof. of Economics, Berry College