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University of Minnesota, Morris hosts Midwest Philosophy Colloquium

Posted by Judy Korn on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010


The 34th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, “Justice and Higher Education,” will take place at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Friday, March 26, and on Friday, April 2, 2010, in 109 Imholte Hall at 3:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

What are the goals of liberal arts education? Do universities have an ethical responsibility to promote social justice and environmental sustainability? Should education be equal, and if so, how can we live up to this ideal?

“Philosophical questions such as these can help shape the way that faculty, administrators, and students approach teaching and learning on campus,” says Mark Collier, assistant professor of philosophy. “We are extremely fortunate to have two internationally recognized experts coming to Morris to present their views and lead discussion forums on these matters. These are timely issues that concern all of us.”

Harry Brighouse, professor of philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give a talk, “Justice in Higher Education is Your Problem: Administrators, Faculty, and Students as Agents of Change,” on Friday, March 26. He will also lead a discussion forum from 10:30 until noon in Imholte 101 on a paper he co-wrote with Adam Swift, Oxford University, “Putting Educational Equality in its Place.” This article is available on e-reserve at the Rodney A. Briggs Library on campus.

Randall Curren, professor of philosophy and professor of education, University of Rochester, will speak on “Sustainability and Higher Education” on Friday, April 2. Curren will also lead a discussion forum on “What is education for?” from 10:30 until noon in Imholte 101.

Convenient parking is available in the North Lot. Contact Collier at 320-589-6288 for more information.