Day 3, October 8, 2011

On-going throughout the day: workshops on using the Public Philosophy Network website to do collaborative public philosophy work

Session 1, Workshop Outcomes Plenary facilitated by Noëlle McAfee, Emory University, 8:30-9:45

Session 2, Papers and Panels, 10:00-11:30

Agriculture and Animals, moderated by Chris Ng, Teachers College, Columbia University. “Eating in Public: Farms, Food, and Virtues,” Lissy Goralnik, Kyle Powys Whyte, Laurie Thorp, and Matt Ferkany, Michigan State University; “A Tired Impasse: Experimental Science and Chimpanzee Dissent,” Andrew Fenton, Dalhousie University, Canada

Military Ethics, chaired by Clinton A. Culp. Speakers: Clinton A. Culp, Major USMC (Ret), Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Idaho’s Center for Ethics; Paolo Tripodi, Professor of Ethics and Ethics Branch Head, Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University; Jeffrey S. Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, and adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary College and Saint Thomas Aquinas College; George R. Lucas, Jr. (tentatitve), Associate Department Chair, Leadership, Ethics, and Law and Ethics Section Head, the United States Naval Academy. This panel discusses current paradigms and practices in military ethics education from a diverse set of institutional and pedagogical perspectives, focusing on ways in which service academies, Reserve Officer Training Corps units, and military service schools define and conduct ethics education for officers from pre-commissioning programs through required mid-career service-specific and joint courses.

Speech and Knowledge in Public Life, moderated by Judith Green, Fordham University. “Political Speech Incorporated: One Year After Citizens United v. FEC,” Elizabeth Victor, Georgetown University and University of South Florida; “Challenging One Way Discussion: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left,” Karin Fry, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; "The Limitations of Knowledge and What Judges Need to Know,” Susan Henry, Binghamton University

Lunch and table sessions on next steps 11:30-1:00

Session 3, 1:00-2:30

Plenary on Poverty moderated by Justine Kolata, Yale University, and featuring Henry Shue, Oxford University, and (via Skype) Thomas Pogge, Yale University, Thomas Pogge will talk about how the 2015 expiration of the Millenium Development Goals creates a focal point of opportunity for academics to achieve a real impact on global poverty. He will focus in particular on the role philosophers can play in this effort. Henry Shue, drawing upon the experience of a lifetime devoted to practical ethics, will talk about the guidelines for trying to contribute effectively to public philosophy. He will focus on how we should conduct ourselves and what we should avoid so as not to miss this opportunity for impact.

Session 4, Papers and Panels 2:45-4:15

Bioethics, moderated by Mary Rawlinson, Stony Brook University. “Organ Procurement and the Enforcement of Consent,” Charlie Kurth, Washington University in St. Louis; “What Can Bioethics Teach Us About Public Philosophy?” Adam Briggle, University of North Texas

Pragmatism as Publicly Engaged Philosophy, moderated by Eric Thomas Weber, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). “John Dewey and the Public Responsibility of Philosophers,” Kenneth Stikkers, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; “Journalism’s Destructive Addiction to Fake Objectivity: How Dewey Can Help Journalists Re-connect with the Public Once Again,” David Hildebrand, University of Colorado, Denver; “Josiah Royce as a Public Philosopher—Lessons for Today,” Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield

Conflict & Principles, moderated by Roger Paden, George Mason University.“Care Values in Conflict: Justifying Military Humanitarian Intervention,” Jess Kyle, Binghamton University; “Equality, Neutrality and Immigration,” Eun-Jung Katherine Kim, Wayne State University

Teaching Public Philosophy, moderated by Derek Boyd, George Mason University. “The Primacy of Principle in Practical Philosophy: extending beyond the academy lessons from teaching ethics to environmental science students,” Kenneth Shockley, SUNY Buffalo; “Reflections on Nelson’s Socratic Method: Engaging Philosophy Students,” Marije Altorf, St. Mary’s University College, London; “Philosophy: From Thought to Action,” Ben Wassermann, CUNY

Session 5, Papers & Panels 4:30-6:00

Philosophy in Public Policy, moderated by Ted Kinnaman, George Mason University. “Applied Philosophy and the Tools of the Policy Sciences,” Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado, Boulder; “No Longer Complacent about Complacency,” Michael Doan, Dalhousie University, Canada; “A Case Study in Field Philosophy: the Comparative Assessment of Peer Review,” Britt Holbrook, University of North Texas

Conflict & Identity:, moderated by Anastasia Mirzoyants, University of Toledo. “Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones and the Possibility of Moral Repair,” Sarah Clark Miller, Penn State and the University of Memphis; “Jewish Self-Hatred in the Debates Over Israeli Policies toward Palestinians,” Marilyn Friedman, Vanderbilt University/Charles Sturt University; “Empowering Women,” Ericka Tucker, Cal Poly Pomona

Practice of Public Philosophy, moderated by Roderic Owen, Mary Baldwin College. “Philosophical Influence on Culture,” Eric Thomas Weber, the University of Mississippi; “Socrates as Organizer: What Alinsky Can Teach Us About Publicly Engaged Philosophy,” Frank McMillan, VOICE of Northern Virginia

Public Philosophizing: What are we learning from our own practice?, session organized by Elizabeth Minnich. Speakers: Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University; Elizabeth Minnich, Association of American Colleges & Universities; Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University. Each panelist will describe and reflect on her/his relevant ways of working; participants will be invited to reflect on their own; together we will explore what we are learning about public philosophizing. Explicitly holding our practices in tension with our philosophical, political, moral commitments, panelists and then participants will reflect on what we are learning from our experiences of public philosophizing. How have we found ourselves doing our work? How and by what evolving criteria do we find ourselves and others judging the efficacy of what we intend to be doing? Do we find ourselves acting like, and/or being cast as, experts or facilitators, teachers or resources, leaders or collaborators, equals or authorities? How do we change such relations if we think we should? Is it appropriate to philosophize differently with the public than we do with students, colleagues? If public philosophy is not just one more application of philosophical expertise (as in Applied Ethics, or the use of “critical thinking” on public issues), how, and why does that matter?

Wrap-up and Wine & Cheese Reception (cash bar) 6:00-7:30