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  • A slap in the face | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    she mentioned the value of an Ivy League school you don t mean a good education it s a ticket So what does this ticket grant us What are students at top universities really getting access to College begins and ends with grandiose speeches lauding the students bookend congratulatory experiences But what are we celebrating Becoming a leader That term is now empty explained by Deresiewicz as just a polite word for self aggrandizement He contrasted the present day with Theodore Roosevelt s era when leadership actually meant something There was an allegiance to ideals a code of public service that was more than a commencement afterthought Deresiewicz said Leadership is not bullet points on a resume as Millenials understand it Rather when the world pushes against you there is something there that pushes back Do Millennials have that backbone Clearly Deresiewicz thinks not During his talk he kept returning to the question what is college for His answer to help you build a self to find a sense of purpose It is not where you go to college it is how you go that matters he said And he gives students some credit he thinks they certainly desire self discovery and self actualization College kids want a vocabulary to talk about this stuff and an opportunity to do so But there is no room he explained There is no time for reflection ever It used to exist in the religious context then through the humanities but now Deresiewicz says the space for self discovery has been squeezed out This void has long term consequences The elite educational system produces the nation s leadership class which is according to Deresiewicz timid narrow out of touch self serving full of itself and leading the country if not the world off a cliff Rather than addressing the problems of the larger world we end up focusing on the smaller problems of the microcosm in which we function Deresiewicz said this explains the multitude of smart phone apps that solve problems of tech company employees in their 20 s like how to get their food faster and their taxis more efficiently Many of the audience members were students who still have time to change trajectory Deresiewicz s advice First take charge of the situation Save yourself don t wait for the adults or institutions to get their act together He also suggested that everyone major in English and he was only kind of kidding Also Slow down Stop scheduling every hour of your day with something that is ultimately going to end up on your resume Give yourself time to think about yourself and the world Get off the treadmill achievement machine This speaks directly to the culture at Stanford that values jam packed schedules and end products in which simply hanging out is almost frowned upon Deresiewicz s critique of the current problems in top American universities resonated with me but his argument for a liberal arts education as the solution left

    Original URL path: https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/the-buzz/a-slap-in-the-face (2014-09-22)
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  • Novelist Mohsin Hamid shares his international perspective | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    than thirty languages and even adapted for films In 1974 Hamid moved with his family from Lahore Pakistan to Palo Alto so his father could complete a PhD at Stanford When as a toddler he realized that his only language Urdu wasn t spoken around his new neighborhood he fell silent According to his parents the next time he opened his mouth he spoke only English with an American accent He would continue to do so until moving back to Pakistan six years later and being forced to re learn his first language This early experience in negotiating cultures and languages Hamid explained at a Stanford event on March 12 set the tone for both his current notions of identity and the global themes he explores in his novels Speaking to an audience of Stanford students faculty and community members Hamid said It s impossible for me to pretend that I belong completely to any one group Linguistically I cut across groups nationally I ve lived in Pakistan America and the UK and so I ve always been resistant to the idea that you can take groups at face value In a talk and discussion with the audience Hamid spoke about the roots of the strong resistance to generalizing groups whether cultural religious or otherwise that lie at the heart of each of his three novels Moth Smoke The Reluctant Fundamentalist and his most recent How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Read the rest of Natalie Jabbar s article here This piece was originally published on April 16 2014 on the Stanford Humanities Center s news portal Hamid s talk was co sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Society the Center for South Asia the Stanford Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence the President s

    Original URL path: https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/the-buzz/novelist-mohsin-hamid-shares-his-international-perspective (2014-09-22)
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  • The Buzz | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    Buzz Staff on September 12 2014 This Fall the Center for Ethics in Society welcomes two new postdocs Megan Blomfield and Lisa Herzog The scholars join an existing cohort of three returning fellows The Center s postdocs are involved in teaching interacting with undergraduates in the Ethics in Society Honors Program conducting research and helping to develop an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus Recent News Any Technology Wealth Philosophy Food Philanthropy Academia War Environment Art Profession Politics Reflections on Ethics and the Professions with Scotty McLennan By The Buzz Staff on August 8 2014 Scotty McLennan Stanford s Dean for Religious Life has been instrumental in the success of the Ethics and the Professions series This series is geared towards students and has included diverse topics such as the ethics of journalism acting government work and engineering These events are conversational and intimate with a small audience of students Summer Postcard from Washington D C By The Buzz Staff on August 1 2014 Our Human Rights Fellow Beti Girma sent this brief postcard from Washington D C 2014 Human Rights Fellow Merging science and human rights By The Buzz Staff on June 20 2014 AAAS the American Association for the Advancement of Science is most widely known as the publisher of Science magazine But this summer Human Rights Fellow Beti Girma will be working for a smaller and very unique group within AAAS the Scientific Responsibility Human Rights and Law Program Political Theory Even Better by the Beach By Lily Lamboy on May 23 2014 Should healthcare systems protect people s finances Do parents have independent reasons separate from the needs of the child for claiming right to parent What is the relationship between autonomous decision making and distributive outcomes related to luck This is just a small sample

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  • The Buzz | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    develop an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus Recent News Any Technology Wealth Philosophy Food Philanthropy Academia War Environment Art Profession Politics Jeff Raikes Interview Highlights By The Buzz Staff on April 22 2014 The event Wealth Philanthropy and Inequality on April 8 2014 featured a conversation between Jeff Raikes and Rob Reich Raikes is the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the co founder of the Raikes Foundation and a member of Stanford s Board of Trustees This event was part of the Ethics of Wealth series Here are some highlights from the conversation Can schools create good people By Lily Lamboy on March 27 2014 Honesty Integrity Fairness Wisdom Kindness Humor Grit These all seem like great qualities Any parent would feel lucky to have a child who tells the truth treats others with consideration displays a sense of humor and works hard to overcome challenges But do schools have a responsibility to instill these values in students What is family what are strangers MacFarquhar profiles couple who adopted 20 special needs children By Salil Dudani on March 14 2014 If two people are drowning you can only save one and one of them is your wife are you permitted to save her According to writer Larissa MacFarquhar most would say yes She pushes the scenario further What if it s a choice between saving five people or your wife Twenty people Twenty thousand And what if your wife is a demented serial killer on the run At a certain point you will start to feel guilty Larissa MacFarquhar a long time staff writer for The New Yorker said during her March 6 talk titled What is Family What are Strangers Kidney Donations from Perfect Strangers By Salil Dudani on February 28 2014 On February 5

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  • Stanford Scholars Debate the Moral Merits of Reading Fiction | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    recent event hosted by the Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Stanford humanities scholars said that while literature is capable of providing new perspectives and challenging our assumptions imparting morality might not be one of its strong suits The best we can say about literature is that its effects are not reliable said panelist Joshua Landy a professor of French and of comparative literature and co director of Stanford s Initiative in Literature and Philosophy As they say in the medical profession results may vary Organized as part of the Center s 25th anniversary celebrations Does Reading Literature Make You More Moral aimed to explore literature and its contribution to ethical reasoning said Center director Debra Satz A philosopher and senior associate dean of the humanities at Stanford Satz said most people read literature to be educated entertained or to experience beauty and to find their way into the lives of others rather than for moral reasons However she said these very aims could also serve moral purposes Literary fiction helps us develop additional schemas other ways of seeing the world different from our own said panelist Paula Moya professor of English and director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford Literature Moya added is brilliantly suited to the exploration of what it means to be an ethical human being in a particular sociohistorical situation referring to the complicated friendships depicted in Toni Morrison s Sula as a compelling example Read the rest of Justin Tackett s article here This article was originally published on February 21 2014 by the Stanford News Service Morality will also be the focus of the next McCoy Center event when scholars will discuss Does Teaching Ethics Do Any Good on May 1 Justin Tackett is a doctoral candidate in

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  • Events | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    Conferences Workshops Tuesday July 1 2014 Prev Next S M T W T F S 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 About Events Learn More Overview Among the Center s initiatives are public programs to address the ethical dimensions of contemporary social problems The 2014 15 initiative is currently being developed and planned and will launch in fall 2014 The Center s past initiatives include Ethics of Wealth 2012 2014 Ethics and War 2010 2012 Ethics of Food and the Environment 2007 2010 Ethics and the Professions ongoing Featured Event Wed 8 Oct Tanner Lectures Danielle Allen Education and Equality Two Concepts of Education Lecture 1 5 30pm on Wednesday October 8 2014 At Bechtel Conference Center The topic of education now has a form unimaginable in earlier eras of human history The era of nation building linked mass education with state power in unprecedented ways Upcoming Events Tue 23 Sep Special Events Ebola Health Governance Security and Ethical Dimensions 4 00pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Encina Hall Bechtel Conference Center In this panel discussion hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford experts will discuss the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in relation to issues of health governance and ethics Tue 23 Sep Special Events Every Three Seconds Film Screening 5 30pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Room 290 Stanford Law School In a society where materialism reigns what is the real secret to happiness The Center for Ethics in Society joins the Haas Center for Public Service to host a preview screening of Every Three Sec Thu 2 Oct Special Events Dave

    Original URL path: https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events?date=2014-07 (2014-09-22)
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  • Events | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    2014 Prev Next S M T W T F S 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Ebola Health Governance Security and Ethical Dimensions Special Events 23 more 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 About Events Learn More Overview Among the Center s initiatives are public programs to address the ethical dimensions of contemporary social problems The 2014 15 initiative is currently being developed and planned and will launch in fall 2014 The Center s past initiatives include Ethics of Wealth 2012 2014 Ethics and War 2010 2012 Ethics of Food and the Environment 2007 2010 Ethics and the Professions ongoing Featured Event Wed 8 Oct Tanner Lectures Danielle Allen Education and Equality Two Concepts of Education Lecture 1 5 30pm on Wednesday October 8 2014 At Bechtel Conference Center The topic of education now has a form unimaginable in earlier eras of human history The era of nation building linked mass education with state power in unprecedented ways Upcoming Events Tue 23 Sep Special Events Ebola Health Governance Security and Ethical Dimensions 4 00pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Encina Hall Bechtel Conference Center In this panel discussion hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford experts will discuss the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in relation to issues of health governance and ethics Tue 23 Sep Special Events Every Three Seconds Film Screening 5 30pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Room 290 Stanford Law School In a society where materialism reigns what is the real secret to happiness The Center for Ethics in Society joins the Haas Center for Public Service to host a preview screening of Every Three Sec

    Original URL path: https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events?date=2014-09 (2014-09-22)
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  • Events | Stanford Center for Ethics in Society
    Prev Next S M T W T F S 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Saving Privacy Special Events 11 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 About Events Learn More Overview Among the Center s initiatives are public programs to address the ethical dimensions of contemporary social problems The 2014 15 initiative is currently being developed and planned and will launch in fall 2014 The Center s past initiatives include Ethics of Wealth 2012 2014 Ethics and War 2010 2012 Ethics of Food and the Environment 2007 2010 Ethics and the Professions ongoing Featured Event Wed 8 Oct Tanner Lectures Danielle Allen Education and Equality Two Concepts of Education Lecture 1 5 30pm on Wednesday October 8 2014 At Bechtel Conference Center The topic of education now has a form unimaginable in earlier eras of human history The era of nation building linked mass education with state power in unprecedented ways Upcoming Events Tue 23 Sep Special Events Ebola Health Governance Security and Ethical Dimensions 4 00pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Encina Hall Bechtel Conference Center In this panel discussion hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford experts will discuss the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in relation to issues of health governance and ethics Tue 23 Sep Special Events Every Three Seconds Film Screening 5 30pm on Tuesday September 23 2014 At Room 290 Stanford Law School In a society where materialism reigns what is the real secret to happiness The Center for Ethics in Society joins the Haas Center for Public Service to host a preview screening of Every Three Sec

    Original URL path: https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events?date=2014-11 (2014-09-22)
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