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Spring 2015 Lampert Institute Events

By Contributing Writer on January 19, 2015

“The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness,”
February 23, 2015, 4:14, 105 Lawrence Hall
David G. Myers, John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology, Hope College

“Traditional Roots of Happiness and What Public Policy can do to Enhance it”
March 26, 2015, 4:15, 105 Lawrence Hall
Ronald Inglehart, Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies and a Professor of Political Science from the University of Michigan,

The Myth of Happiness: What Should Make you Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make you Happy, but Does
April 10, 2015, 4:15,  101 Meyerhoff Auditorium
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Co-sponsored by the Division of Natural Sciences

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Fall 2014 Lampert Institute Events

By Contributing Writer on October 1, 2014

“Just How Legal Should Marijuana Be?”
September 10, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, author of “Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control” among other recent titles, will give a lecture entitled “Just How Legal Should Marijuana Be?” He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis, on imperfectly rational decision-making at the individual and social level, and on drug abuse and crime control policy. His current focus is on reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically. Recent projects include studies of the HOPE probation system and of the relationship between drug policy and violence in Afghanistan and Mexico. — Campus calendar

“The Limits of Freedom”
September 23, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
The Lampert Institute of Civic and Global Affairs, as part of the Arts and Humanities Division Colloquium, present Sarah Conly, Associate Professor of Philosophy from Bowdoin College who will speak about “The Limits of Freedom.” She has written books such as “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism,” Cambridge University Press, 2013;” and “Three Cheers for the Nanny State,” Op-ed, New York Times, March 25, 2013, “Coercive Paternalism in Health Care: Against Freedom of Choice,” in Public Health Ethics. Please join us. — Campus calendar

“Beyond the Gross National Product: What the New “Science” of Happiness can Contribute to Economics and to Policy”
September 25, 2014, 4:15 p.m., Persson Auditorium
Professor Carol Graham is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior fellow and a research fellow in the study of labor (IZA) at the Brookings Institute. She has written a book titled “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being” and will discuss some of her research issues such as poverty, inequality, public health, and novel measures of well-being. — Campus calendar

“Religious Convictions and Public Policy”
October 9, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 207 Lathrop
Kent Greenawalt, university professor of the Columbia Law School, interests include constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation, and criminal responsibility will come to Colgate to lecture about religious conviction and public policy. Editor-in-chief, Columbia Law Review, before joining the Columbia faculty in 1965, he was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan and subsequently spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Mississippi. From 1966 to 1969, he served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
— Campus calendar — Read transcript

“Snoop Dreams: The Expression of Personality in Everyday Contexts”
October 27, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 27 Perrson Hall
Samuel D. Gosling is a personality/social psychologist who has three main areas of interest: Connections between people and the physical spaces in which they live, personality in nonhuman animals, and new methods for obtaining data useful for research in the social sciences. More information will follow. — Campus calendar

Related Events

“Revaluing Communities: Local Environmental Preservation for Equity and Happiness”
October 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m., 27 Perrson Hall
Hiroyuki Torigoe, Professor of Environmental Sociology adn Environmental Folk-culture, Waseda University, Japan will give a public lecture on the examination of the critical roles of local communities in bridging environmental sustainability and social well-being in post Fuluhisma, Japan. — Campus calendar

“Happiness and International Migration”
October 16, 2014, 12:15 p.m., 108 Persson Hall
Campus calendar

Spring 2014 Lampert Institute Events

By Contributing Writer on January 6, 2014

“Discovered Pasts: Revisiting the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902-1934”
February 6, 2014, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 209 Lathrop Hall
Professor Susan Burch’s talk explores the expansive meanings and implications of western biomedical diagnoses through the lived histories of people incarcerated at South Dakota’s Canton Asylum, the only federal psychiatric hospital for American Indians. Her talk explores contested cultural understandings of institutionalization, community, communication, madness, gender, race, and power. — Campus calendar

“Three Perspectives on Psychological Trauma”
February 20, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
A panel of three Colgate University professors — Catherine Bagwell, Professor of Psychology; Alan Cooper, Associate Professor of History; and Max Rayneard, Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Africana and Latin American Studies — will discuss different perspectives on psychological trauma. — Campus calendar

“Genomics and Personalized Medicine”
March 5, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Perrson Auditorium
Dr. Michael Snyder, Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, will discuss genomics and personalized medicine — Campus calendar

“A Time to Die, Religion, Bioethics, and the Assisted Suicide Movement”
April 3, 2014, 4:15 – 6:00 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
A lecture by Ann Neumann, a visiting scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, and contributing editor for “The Revealer” where she writes the column “The Patient Body.” — Campus calendar

“Religious Freedoms and the Obama Health Care Plan”
April 9, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
Kent Greenawalt, University Professor at Columbia Law, whose primary interests involve constitutional law, especially First Amendment jurisprudence, and legal philosophy, will speak about religious and legal issues in health and health care.  More information will follow.

“Polio Eradication in Nigeria: Saving a Million Lives”
April 17, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Perrson Auditorium
Muhammad Ali Pate is the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. His appointment follows his success as the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria. He resigned as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health effective 24th July, 2013 to take up the position of Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute, USA. He also serves on the agenda committee of the World Economic Forum. Dr Pate is an American Board-Certified MD in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration) from Duke University. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Global Health of the Duke University Global Health Institute. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Vaccination and Humanitarian Emergencies at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. — Campus calendar

Fall 2013 Lampert Institute Events

By Contributing Writer on September 1, 2013

The following is a listing of the events on campus that will be sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs during the fall semester of 2013.

“Socioeconomic Status, Health, and Public Policy”
September 3, 4:00 pm, 27 Persson Hall
A lecture by Professor Adriana Lleras-Muney, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University. “Socioeconomic Status, Health, and Public Policy” – Campus calendar

“Mountain Removal Coal Mining and Public Health in Appalachia”
September 20, 4:00 pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Michael Hendryx, Professor, Department of Applied Health Science, will lecture on “Mountain Removal Coal Mining and Public Health in Appalachia”. This lecture is also part of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by Arts Council, Art & Art History, Lampert Institute, Geography, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences & Mathematics Division, Peace and Conflict Studies, Film and Media Studies, Women’s Studies, CORE SP. Reception to follow in Cunniff Commons. – Campus calendar

“Medical Humanitarianism: New Approaches to Culture, Health, and Humanitarian Practice”
September 26, 4:15 pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
Sharon Abramowitz’ research focuses on mental health, trauma healing, and post-conflict reconstruction in several West African countries. Part of that research involves ethnographic fieldwork which explores the multi-scalar forces that shape collective and individual experience in conditions of crisis and recovery, including NGO action, local appropriation, and national and international health politics and policy. – Campus calendar

“Public Health and Private Choice: Obesity, Tobacco, and Government Policy”
October 4, 4:00 pm, 300 Olin Hall
David Aaron Kessler is former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (1990-97). He has also served as the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California–San Francisco. He holds both a JD degree from the University of Chicago and an MD from Harvard. He was widely known for arguing that the government should be more involved in regulating threats to its citizens’ health, most famously with respect to cigarettes. – Campus calendar

“When Hell Froze Over: How Philip Morris Changed the Debate and Supported Tobacco Regulation”
October 17, 4:00 pm, 27 Persson Hall
Steven C. Parrish is former Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Altria Group Inc., the parent company of Philip Morris. He oversees government relations, communications, and corporate contributions, and he has led efforts to build bridges to a range of constituencies, including health organizations, antismoking groups, civic bodies, the media, and government. He previously served as senior vice president for worldwide regulatory affairs for Philip Morris Companies Inc., senior vice president for external affairs, and general counsel for Philip Morris USA. He also served in numerous positions covering a range of legal, regulatory, and public affairs issues after first joining the company in 1990. – Campus calendar

“Katherine Boo Reading from Her Work – Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
October 24, 4:00 pm, 300 Olin Hall

Katherine Boo will read from her first book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the result of a decade of research in India. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur “genius” grant. Boo grew up near Washington, D.C. and is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. – Campus calendar

Spring 2013 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on January 19, 2013

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2013.

Just War Theory in the 21st Century
February 14 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson

Lecture by Jeff McMahan, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, with commentary by David McCabe, Professor of Philosophy, and Valerie Morkevicius, Assistant Professor of Political Science.  Jeff McMahan began his doctoral work at Oxford under the supervision of Jonathan Glover and Derek Parfit, and then completed his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Bernard Williams. He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford, 2002), and Killing in War(Oxford, 2009). His forthcoming books from Oxford include a collection of essays, The Values of Lives; a book on warfare, The Right Way to Fight; and a sequel to his 2002 book, The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment.

The Betrayal of Liberal Education”
February 21 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson
Lecture by Peter Berkowitz, Tad & Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution,Stanford University; Chair, National Security & Law Task Force; & Co-Chair, Virtues of a Free Society Task Force.  In addition to his Senior Fellowship, Peter Berkowitz is co-founder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government; a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; and has served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Among his works are Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard, 1995); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton, 1999); and Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War(Hoover, 2012), and forthcoming in 2013, Constitutional Conservatism.  He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

“Does Affirmative Action Hurt Those it Intends to Help?”
March 27 @ 4:15 pm, Love Auditorium 
Lecture by Richard Sander, UCLA Professor of Law, with commentary by Rhonda Levine, Professor of Sociology.  Co-sponsored with The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization and the Arnold Sio Chair on Diversity and Community.  After earning a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard, Richard Sander joined Vista and worked for a small neighborhood-housing group on Chicago’s south side. He continued to work on issues of fair housing and integration as he pursued degrees in law (J.D., 1988) and economics (M.A. 1985, Ph.D., 1990) at Northwestern University.  In 1989 he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. After California voters approved Proposition 209 in 1996 – banning the use of race as a criterion of judgment in various government programs, including admissions at UCLA – Sander successfully argued for the adoption of class-based preferences in the Law School’s admissions. In 1998-99, Sander helped the Empirical Research Group (ERG) to assist faculty members in developing greater quantitative and methodological sophistication in their policy-related work.  In a series of articles in Stanford Law ReviewYale Law Journal, and North Carolina Law Review, Sander argues that race preferences impose unexpected but substantial costs on their intended beneficiaries. In 2012, he, with Stuart Taylor, co-authored Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (Basic Books, 2012).

What did the American Founders Learn from Rome?”
April 1 @ 6 pm, 207 Lathrop
Lecture by Paul Rahe, Charles O. Lee & Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and Professor of History, Hillsdale College.  Co-sponsored with Core 151.  After reading Litterae Humaniores at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Paul A. Rahe completed a Ph.D. in ancient history at Yale in 1977 under the direction of Donald Kagan.  He has since taught at Cornell, Franklin and Marshall, and the University of Tulsa.  He is now Professor of History at Hillsdale College.  His scholarship has focused on the origins and evolution of Western self-government, and his three-volume, Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution (North Carolina, 1992), surveys the origins and development of self-government in ancient Greece and Rome, its re-emergence in the Middle Ages, and the transformations it underwent at the hands of the political philosophers of early modernity and of the American Founding Fathers. Recent publications include Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory under the English Republic, (Cambridge, 2008); Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty and Soft Despotism; Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville on the Modern Prospect, (both Yale, 2009).

Leadership, Democracy, and the End of History”
April 9 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson
Lecture by William A. Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. He has also served as Saul I. Stern Professor of Civic Engagement and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the Univ. Maryland, College Park. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates Albert Gore and Walter Mondale, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract, and the implications of political polarization.  His many works include Kant and the Problem of History (Chicago, 1975);Justice and the Human Good (Chicago, 1980); Liberal Purposes: Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the Liberal State (Cambridge, 1991); Liberal Pluralism: The Implications of Value Pluralism for Political Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2002); Public Matters: Essays on Politics, Policy and Religion(Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). He is a frequent contributor to The New Republic.

“The Ideas of Peace in the Hebrew Bible”
April 22 @ 4:15 pm, Love Auditorium

Lecture by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, IAS School of Social Science, is one of America’s foremost political thinkers.  He has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His books include Just and Unjust Wars (Basic Books, 1977); On Toleration (Yale, 1997); Arguing About War (Yale, 2004); and In God’s Shadow (Yale, 2012).  For more than three decades he has served as Editor of the political journal Dissent. Currently, he is working on issues concerning international justice and on new forms of welfare as well as on a project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

Fall 2012 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on September 1, 2012

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2012.

September 6 @ 4:15 pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
PPE Lampert Fellows present their summer research.

September 17 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Constitution Day Debate with College Democrats Andrew Philipson ’14 and  Benjamin Krempley ’14 and College Republicans Taylor Hollen ’13 and Kyle Gavin ’13. Moderator: Stanley Brubaker. Co-sponsored with the Center for Freedom & Western Civilization.
“Obamacare Before the Court: Was the Roberts’ Decision Right?”

October 2 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
The Edgar L. Shor Memorial Lecture featuring Alan S. Frumin, U.S. Senate parliamentarian emeritus, who will discuss 35 years on the front lines of the Senate. Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science.
“The Senate Today: Would the Founders Approve? Should You?”

October 11 @ 4:30 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Debate between Colin Kahl, Assistant Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Sarah Kreps, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University, Co-sponsored with The Kulla Lecture Fund, and The International Relations & Foreign Policy Lecture Series.
“The Next Four Years of U.S. Foreign Policy: A Debate”

October 15 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Lecture by Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Ann L. & Lawrence B. Buttenweiser Professor, and the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago.
“Why Rome?”

October 17 @ 11:30 am, Alana Cultural Center
Lunchtime lecture by Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to both Egypt (1997-2001) and to Israel (2001-2005).  Co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Program.
“A Discussion about Contemporary Israel”

October 17 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Evening lecture by Daniel C. Kurtzer. Co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Program.
“The Arab Spring and the Future of the Middle East”

October 31 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Lecture by Joshua Stacher,  assistant professor of political science at Kent University.
“Muhammad Mursi, the Military, and the Future of Democracy in Egypt”

November 7 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Post-election panel discussion with faculty.
“The Day After the 2012 Elections: What Happened?”

November 29 @ 4:30 pm, Colgate Memorial Chapel
Lecture by Salman Rushdie, author of the novel Midnight’s Children, which won the Booker Prize as well as the Best of the Booker Prize.  Co-sponsored with Living Writers.
“Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World”

Spring 2012 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on January 19, 2012

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2012.

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves
Sheldon Garon, Nissan professor in Japanese Studies, professor of History & East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Abraham Becomes a Philosopher, Or, Jerusalem Answers Athens
Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University

Innovative Approaches To Irregular Warfare and Counterinsurgency
Major Fernando Lujan, Visiting International Affairs Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Inner-City Citizen: The Limits of Liberal Democracy
(A Symposium in Honor of the Late Arnie Sio)
Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stolz Professor of Social Sciences, Dept. of Economics, Brown University

Problems in Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan: 1500-2012
Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University and President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies
Co-sponsored with The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization, Peace & Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Studies, and the Sociology and Anthropology Department

Fall 2011 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on September 1, 2011

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2011.

Constitution Day Lecture: Democracy for the Rich? Corporations and Electoral Speech. May the law deny corporations the right to participate in election contests?
Debate with Brad Smith, Former Commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission and Michael Waldman, Executive Director of the Brennan Center, New York University Law School

Afghanistan: What Happened, What’s Next
Kim Barker, Reporter for ProPublica
Co-sponsored with Project Afghanistan, The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization

Lampert Fellows Presentations

  • Srikar Gullapalli and Bharadwaj Obula Reddy
  • Anh Le
  • Dan Li
  • Andrew Livingston
  • Wangshu Tai
  • Nian Yi Xu
  • Jillian Anderson

Learn more about the Lampert Fellows Presentations

Spring 2011 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on January 19, 2011

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2011.

The Reception and Refraction of Moses
Michael Zank, Department of Religion, Boston University

Philosophy as a Way of Life: Philosophical Traditions
John Cooper, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University

Leadership: Lessons from Homer
Jonathan Shay, staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston
Video from the event.

Why Study Thymos
Jonathan Shay, staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston
Video from the event.

PPE Panel Discussion: “EGYPT: What Happened? What’s Next?”
Bruce Rutherford, Doug Macdonald, and Nady Abdal-Ghaffar; moderated by Stanley C. Brubaker
Video from the event

Fall 2010 PPE Events

By Contributing Writer on September 1, 2010

The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2010.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Future of U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Daniel Kurtzer, former US Ambassador to Egypt and Israel

Citizenship & Immigration: What Does the Constitution Say?
Peter Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale University, Emeritus