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September 29th, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: An Evening with Poet Marilyn Chin
    Marilyn Chin (陈美玲) is a prominent Chinese American poet and writer, an activist and feminist, an editor and Professor of English. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms all over the world.  Marilyn Chin’s work is a frequent subject of academic research and literary criticism. She has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. In addition to teaching in the MFA program at San Diego State University, she serves as a mentor on the international faculty of the City University of Hong Kong’s low-residency MFA program, the first of its kind in Asia. Please join us in the Chapel for a special evening with Marilyn Chin!

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September 22nd, 2014

  • Image preview 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Biology Seminar Series Speaker Todd Schlenke
    Todd Schlenke from Reed College talks about parasitic wasp venom evolution.
  • Image preview 11:00am - 5:00pm: Labyrinth Walk
    This is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage in the spiritual exercise of walking a labyrinth.  Labyrinth walking is an ancient form of spiritual meditation and contemplation that transcends traditional religious boundaries.  Come and experience the simplicity and peace of this timeless spiritual practice.

September 19th, 2014

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Real Moral Progress: Why Pragmatic Naturalism Requires Moral Realism by William Rottschaefer

    In his recent book, The Ethical Project, Philip Kitcher offers a pragmatic naturalistic metaethical account of moral progress.  Examining ethical practice, Kitcher presents a functional account of it as a social technology for alleviating altruism failures, one exemplified in a phylogeny of moral practice including elimination of chattel slavery and recognition of both women’s rights and gay rights.  He suggests a theory of bio-cultural evolution as an ultimate explanation of this phylogeny and, as proximate mechanisms, social-cultural learning, socially engaged normative guidance and cognitively equipped emotions.  Given these scientifically supported bases, Kitcher argues that pragmatic naturalism offers the best metaethical account of why these changes in moral practice are morally progressive.  Making use of these same scientific bases, I argue that Kitcher’s metaethical account requires the adoption of an objective moral realism, one, nevertheless, that is compatible with his core pragmatism.