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Adventures?in?Ethics?is Emerson’s annual lecture series devoted to an urgent theme.?
Sex and Power
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
“Ideology, Power, and Agency”
Historically, power has been conceived as a dyadic relation between two individuals: A has power over B. In recent decades, however, power has been reconceived to be not just an instrument of control that some individuals have and others lack, but as part of the social field for all social agents. The paper develops this alternative account of power and considers how it might be employed in understanding domination, in particular, what sorts of things might be done to empower those who are subordinated within systems of male domination.
Linda Martín Alcoff
Thursday, November 8, 2018
“Consent Is Too Low a Bar”
Consent is the central concept made use of by most legal systems today as a way to demarcate legitimate from illegitimate sex. It is also the main term used in everyday parlance. In this talk I will lay out the growing feminist critique of consent and add some points of my own. Consent is a weak protection for vulnerable groups, and can actually solidify old-fashioned gender assumptions (men ask and women answer), just to give two examples of such critique. I will also explore how we can augment consent so that we can reach a true sexual egalitarianism.
University of Minnesota
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
“When Sexuality Is Sexed and Sex Is Sexualized”
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
“‘This Is Not Normal’: Queerness in the Time of Trump”
Co-directed by?Pablo Muchnik and David Kishik, with Thomas?Cooper as an advising partner, Adventures in Ethics is made possible by the generous support of Paul Santinelli and the?academic leadership at Emerson College.
Truth and Politics was the 2017?- 2018?theme of?Adventures in Ethics. The series included:
- Jason Stanley (Yale University) "Politics, Language, and Power"
- Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut) "Fake News and the Politics of Truth"
- Timothy Snyder (Yale University) "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century"
- Nancy Fraser (New School for Social Research) "Truths and Populism"
For more information, view the Truth and Politics PDF.
On Religion was the 2016 - 2017 theme of?Adventures in Ethics. The series included:
- Michael Puett (Harvard University) "Ritual and Human Flourishing"
- Seth Sanders (University of California David) "Did the Bible's Creators Actually have Ethical Teachings?"
- Gil Anidjar?(Columbia University) "Leviathan's Arms"
- Stanley Hauerwas?(Duke University) "What Could Ethics Be in a Fragmented World?"
- Kevin Vallier?(Bowling Green State University) "Religion in Politics: A Compelling Liberal Idea"
- Elizabeth Shakman Hurd?(Northwestern Univeristy) "Religion, Power, and Politics"
On Race and Racism was the 2015 - 2016 theme of Adventures in Ethics.?The series included:
- George Yancy?(Emory University) "How Does it Feel to Be a 'Black Problem?"
- Tommie Shelby (Harvard University) "Racism and Equal Opportunity"
- Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Brandeis University) "Black Cacophony: The Effect of the Scream"
- Charles Mills (Northwestern University) ?"Rawlsian Racial Justice"
- Falguni Sheth?(Emory Univeristy) "Race, Vulnerability, and Violence"
State Violence was the 2014 - 2015?theme of Adventures in Ethics.?The series included:
- Charles Fried (Harvard University) and Gregory Fried (Suffolk University) "Reining in Extravagant?Hypotheticals: From Runaway Trolleys to Ticking Bombs”
- Todd May (Clemson University) “State Violence, Structural Violence, and Nonviolence”
- Jay Bernstein (New School for Social Research) “Democratic Bodies: The Abolition of Torture and the Uprising of the Rule of Law”
- Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University) “Life on Death Row: A Critical Phenomenology of State Execution”