Center for Ethics


Center for Ethics

Upcoming Events and Future Programming

Civility and Disobedience

    1. Monday, October 20, 2014                               
      7:30PM   Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

      David Pellow
      U. Minnesota
      "Radical Politics, State Repression, and the Problem of ‘Eco-Terrorism’"

      David PellowTo what extent are radical environmental and animal liberation movements also struggles over social inequality? In other words, to what degree are these movements that are typically seen as primarily focused on defending nonhuman animals and ecosystems also confronting oppression within human communities? What are the implications of the ‘eco-terrorist’ label that states, corporations, and media impose on these groups? I consider these questions in relation to broader historical patterns of social movement struggles against oppression and the phenomenon of state repression directed at dissident groups. I conclude with a discussion of the productive links between radical earth and animal liberation movements and environmental justice movements. 

      David Pellow's interests include environmental justice studies, racial and ethnic inequality, transnational social movements, and labor studies. He is the author of the forthcoming book Total Liberation: The Power and Promise and Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement. 
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      Tuesday, October 21, 2014                               
      8:00 PM   Red Door Cafe
      An evening of original performance by Muhlenberg students, curated by Ursula Rucker.
      Guest artist Ursula Rucker premieres an evening of new spoken-word performances created by the First Year students in Muhlenberg's Emerging Leaders program. Set to live music and themed on notions of civility, disobedience and identity. Co-sponsored by Theatre and Dance. FLYER (pdf).

      Carroll BogertMonday, October 27, 2014
      7:30 PM   Miller Forum Moyer Hall

      Carroll Bogert
      Deputy Executive Director of
      Human Rights Watch

      "Can the U.S. Lead on Human Rights in the 21st Century?"

      What do U.S. policy and U.S. actions on human rights look like in the 21st century? Does the U.S. possess the means to meaningfully protect human rights in such places as China, Russia, and the Middle East? Does the U.S. have the moral standing to intervene around the world in support of human rights? What is the U.S. role right now? What could it be?

      Bogert studies human rights in the U.S. and abroad and media coverage of protest and human rights issues. Bogert is the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.
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      Thursday, Nov 13, 2014                     
      7:00 PM
         Miller Forum Moyer Hall

      Nancy FraserNancy Fraser
      The New School
      "Can Society Be Commodities All the Way Down?"

      Fraser is a critical theorist who studies justice and feminism. She is the author of Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis. Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies.
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      Preliminary Spring Program:

      Monday, January 19, 2015                               
      10AM-3PM   Seegers 111-112

      Training for Change

      An activism workshop for students, staff and members of the community. Training for Change will provide activist training for groups standing up for social, economic, and environmental justice through strategic nonviolence. 

      Wednesday, March 11, 2015                    
      7:30 PM  Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

      Eboo Patel

      Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and president of the Interfaith Youth Corps. His work is centered on the idea that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division, and concerns how civil discourse among different faiths can lead to substantial change. Co-sponsored by Chaplain's Office.

      ca. Tuesday March 31, 2015                     

      Amaney Jamal
      Princeton University

      Amaney Jamal is Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Her books include Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world. Jamal's talk will examine various aspects of civility and disobedience within Palestinian politics.

      Wednesday, April 15, 2015 
      7:30 PM  Seegers Event Space

      Donna Murch
      Rutgers University

      Donna Murch is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her interests include the urban history of California and New York; Civil Rights, Black Power and postwar social movements; history of policing and prisons; and the political economy of drugs. 


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

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