Center for Ethics


Center for Ethics

Upcoming Events and Future Programming

Civility and Disobedience

    1. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 5:00 - 6:30PM
      Seegers Great Room

      Ferguson, MO
      Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

      "Why all the fuss about Ferguson?"

      The Multicultural Advisory Board and the Center for Ethics invites you to an interactive discussion led by Professors Mark Wolfmeyer (Education) and Connie Wolfe (Psychology) about the recent protests and police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. This discussion will center around questions of white privilege that have been raised in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown.

      Participants are invited to read Andrew O'Herir's essay, "White Privilege: An Insidious Virus that's Eating America from Within" in advance of the discussion.

      This event is open to the Muhlenberg campus community.
      Refreshments to be provided.


    2. Friday, September 12, 2014                             
      2:00PM    Trumbower 130

      Muhlenberg Alumni Activism Panel
      Muhlenberg CollegeAdrian Shanker (’09), Alex Lotorto (’09), and Kelly Howe (’03)
      Three Muhlenberg graduates discuss different forms of activism.

      Howe has been involved with social justice activism through theater. She currently teaches courses in theatre history, activist theatre, script analysis, acting, theatrical dialogue facilitation, and feminist and queer theory at North Central College, near Chicago.  Her commitment to activist performance includes her work as past president of Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, an organization that supports people whose work challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education.
      Lotorto has been heavily involved in labor and environmental activism. A proud member of the IWW, Alex has played a leading role in organizing opposition to fracking, gas pipeline construction, and other forms of industrial development that threaten the environment in Northeast Pennsylvania.
      Shanker has been a leading advocate for LGBT rights, including workplace nondiscrimination, marriage equality, and employment benefits.  He has led successful campaigns to expand LGBT equality in cities, towns, colleges and school districts in Pennsylvania and has worked as a union organizer, non-profit fundraiser, and political campaign operative.  
      Presented in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend. 
      Library Resources for Activism Panel

      Wednesday, September 17, 2014               
      7:30PM     Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

      Scott Lemieux
      St. Rose College

      "From the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Calhoun: The Supreme Court and Voting Rights in Historical Perspective"

      S LemieuxIn 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that an important provision of the Voting Rights Act exceeded the powers of Congress. This talk will explain how the Supreme Court came to believe that a statute that passed with nearly unanimous support of Congress and is explicitly authorized by the 15th Amendment was unconstitutional. I will view Shelby County in the context of other attempts by the Supreme Court to limit the ability of Congress to protect civil rights. I will also discuss how mobilization (often in the fact of state violence) was crucial to the original Voting Rights Act, and the potential for mobilization to mitigate the damage of Shelby County. 

      Lemieux writes about blogging as activism and voting rights. His research interests include public law, constitutional law, comparative law and institutions, and American politics. He has written or co-written articles for Polity, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Maryland Law Review, and the American Journal of Comparative Law, and also contributes regularly to the American Prospect and the Guardian Online.
      Co-sponsored by the Provost's Office and Political Science for Consitution day. 
      Library Resources for Scott Lemieux 

    3. Civility and Disobedience is directed by Brian Mello, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Christine Sistare, Professor of Philosophy.

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