Symposia

 

Panel Discussion on “Sex Trafficking: Should Sex Work Be Legal?”

Featuring Prof. Jessica Flanigan, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond, and Prof. Lori Watson, Department of Philosophy, University of San Diego.

Sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics with the contribution from the Center for Human Rights and Democracy and the Institute for Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Symposium: Housing, Homelessness, and Challenges for 21st Century Policymaking
March 24, 2015
Featuring panelists: Naomi Zack (Philosophy, University of Oregon), Protip Biswas (United Way of Greater Atlanta), David Jackson (The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)
Respondents: Deirdre Oakley (Sociology, GSU), Edward Powers (HOPE Atlanta), David Sjoquist (Policy Studies, GSU)

Symposium: Perspectives on the Veterans’ Experience: Ethics, Religion, and Psychology
February 26, 2015
Featuring panelists Elizabeth Bounds (Candler School of Theology, Emory University), William Joshua Brooks (ROTC Program, Georgia State University), Steve Kershnar (Philosophy, SUNY-Fredonia), Rich Glickstein (Shepherd Center), and Rich Williams (U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Office).

Symposium: Moral Justification of Police Tactics
November 10, 2014
Featuring panelists Jennifer Baker (philosophy, College of Charleston), Mary Finn (Criminology, GSU), Josh Hinkle (Criminology, GSU).

Symposium on Immigration: Who gets in? On what terms? Who gets to decide?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Video Clip 1 Video Clip 2
Cosponsored by the Department of Economics of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Featured speakers: Richard Freeman (Harvard University) : “One World in What Matters: International Students, Immigration, and the Spread of Knowledge”; Christopher Heath Wellman (University of Washington in St. Louis) : “The Right to Exclude”. Commentators: Andy Altman (GSU); Barry Hirsch (GSU); Paula Stephan (GSU); Madeline Zavodny (Agnes Scott College).

Symposium: “Changing Marriages in the 21st Century: After the US Supreme Court Rulings”
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
A panel discussion by experts in marriage policy, featuring:
Elizabeth Brake, Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Arizona State University
Maxine Eichner, Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill
Mark Aaron Goldfeder, adjunct professor of Law, GSU; Senior Lecturer, Emory Law School, and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion
L. Lynn Hogue, Professor of Law Emeritus, GSU

Symposium on Disaster Ethics and Public Policy:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:00-2:15, University Center 485.
Prof. Robert Klein (risk management and insurance, Georgia State University)
Prof. Richard Olson (politics and international relations, Florida International University)
Prof. Daniel Smith, (economics, Troy University)

“Slavery and Freedom”
A One-day Faculty Seminar led by Orlando Patterson, Harvard University
April 6, 2012

Panel Discussion on the Health Impact Fund (HIF)
September 23, 2010
Co-sponsored by Center for Ethics Student Forum, Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The HIF attempts to use market forces to increase incentives for research, development, and distribution of pharmaceuticals targeting the developing world. Panelists will include Prof. Thomas Pogge (philosophy, Yale), Dr. Harvey Rubin, MD (medicine, University of Pennsylvania), and Prof. Aidan Hollis (economics, University of Calgary).

Symposium: “The Economic Crisis: Lessons Learned”
April 20, 2010.
Featuring Roger Tutterow (Economics, Mercer College), C. Richard Long (Economics, Georgia State, emeritus), and Alan Essig (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute).

Symposium: “Criminal Justice with Lean Budgets: The Case of Georgia”
April 13, 2010
Panelists: Mary Margaret Lewis, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation; Representative Jerry Madden, Texas House of Representatives.

Symposium on the Economy in Crisis: Causes and Cures

Wednesday March 18, 2009
Panelists: Prof. Steven Horwitz, chair, economics, St. Lawrence University; Prof. Carol Osler, Program Director, Lemberg Masters in International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University.

Symposium: Human Rights in an Age of Insecurity
March 27, 2009
What are the challenges and opportunities for human rights today? In the post-9/11 world, new threats have persuaded many citizens in liberal democracies to endorse human rights restrictions and expanded government surveillance techniques. In this age of insecurity, advocates have encountered new obstacles to promoting, monitoring, and implementing rights protections. The United Nations has often seemed incapable of brokering and enforcing human rights agreements. Heightened public fear has decreased sympathy for rights like habeas corpus, the prohibition of torture, and privacy. The broadening sphere of state secrecy has restricted the public’s right to information.

What is the relative significance of the right to security among the panoply of rights? How can human rights monitors overcome public indifference in the face of security threats? What can human rights do in the second decade of the new millennium?
Our distinguished panelists will examine the obstacles to human rights monitoring and enforcement during periods of insecurity, and consider how to make the human rights system as effective as possible in this environment in the coming decade.
Keynote address: Michael Posner, President, Human Rights First
Cosponsored by the Middle East Institute and the Center for Democracy and Human Rights

“What Humanists Should Know About Science, Sex, Race, and Violence”
October 9 & 10, 2008
Seminar, October, 2008, Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Professor of Geography at UCLA.

Symposium on the Election and Voter Competence
October 4, 2008
Noted author James Bovard will speak on “The Perils of Attention Deficit Democracy.” Prof Dan Franklin of Political Science will comment. Their discussion will be a debate regarding whether the 2008 election – or any election – can adequately protect Americans’ rights and liberties.

Ethics in Traffic Symposiums
September 20, 2007 “Are we really addicted to cars?”, Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.). Respondent: Peter Lindsay (political science).
October 4, 2007 “Pavement, traffic, and ethics” – Panel discussion featuring Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Joel Peddle, http://www.itscarma.com/ ; and Lee Biola, Citizens for Progressive Transit

Panel: Religion, Globalization, and Public Health
September 27th 2006
Interfaith panel discussion featuring:
Plemon T. El-Amin, the Masjid Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim and the Rainbow Center in Atlanta
Rev. H. Ray Newman, Sr., Specialist of the Ethics Public Affairs Ministry of the Georgia Baptist Convention
Kencho Tenzin, former Buddhist monk with the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India and graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University.

Ethics Panel: Globalizing the American Way
October 19, 2006
Panelists:
Maureen Kelley, University of Alabama – Birmingham
Scott Beaulier, Mercer University
Michael Eriksen, Georgia State University

Religion and Natural Disasters: An Interfaith Panel Discussion
November 8, 2005
Panelists:
Rev. E. Claiborne Jones: Director and Vicar, Emmaus House, Atlanta
Plemon T. El-Amin: Masjid Imman at Atlanta Masjid Of Al-Islam
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman: Rabbi Emeritus of The Temple
Kencho Tenzin: trained at Drepund Loseling Monastery; teacher at Drepung Loseling Institute in Atlanta

Symposium: Tsunami Relief Symposium
January 19, 2005
Panelists:
William Waugh, Jr., Prof. of Public Administration and Urban Studies/Political Science
Prof. Jennifer McCoy, Associate Professor of Political Science
Prof. Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Director, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Symposia
cosponsored by Office of Student Life/Leadership & Intercultural Relations, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of African American Studies, Program in Religious Studies, Georgia State University Housing, Office of Undergraduate Studies:
Keynote Address, Raymond T. Diamond, Prof. of Law, Tulane University, November 5, 2004.

Colloquium: Andrew Valls, Political Science, Oregon State University: “The Broken Promise of Racial Integration.” November 1, 2004.

Screening and Discussion: “The Intolerable Burden.”
Panelists: filmmaker Connie Curry; Cliff Kuhn, History; Akinyele Umoja, African American Studies. November 3, 2004.

SYMPOSIA ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
March 23, 2004 Same-Sex Marriage and the Law
Panelists:
Clark Cunningham: W. Lee Burge Professor of Law & Ethics.
L. Lynn Hogue: Professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University and Executive Director of the Southeastern Legal Foundation in Atlanta.
Ellen Taylor: Associate Professor at Georgia State University’s College of Law.

March 24, 2004 Same-Sex Marriage and Religion
Panelists:
Richard A. Goode, Assoc. Prof. and Chair of Urban Studies, Beulah Heights Bible College
Rabbi Joshua Lesser: M.H. L. of Congregation Bet Haverim.
B. Wiley Stephens, Senior Pastor, Dunwoody United Methodist Church
The Reverend Canon Gray Temple: Rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

March 25, 2004 Same Sex Marriage: Ethics and Public Policy
Panelists:
Prof. John Corvino: teaches philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Randy Hicks: president of the Georgia Family Council (GFC), a non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families in the state of Georgia.
Professor Juliana Kubala: (PhD: Emory University) teaches with the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (PTI) at Georgia State University and at the English Department of Clark Atlanta University.

LIVING WAGE SYMPOSIUM
March 3, 2004
Panelists:
Coretta Brown, Organizer for 9to5, National Association of Working Women
Pierre Ferrari, President, “Hot Fudge” Venture Capital Fund
Rev. Debra Metzgar Shew, Emmaus House.
E. Frank Stephenson, Assoc. Prof. of Economics, Berry College