Come Help Us Celebrate Darwin’s 202th Birthday
1:00PM to 5:30PM
Special Seminar: Dr. Temple Grandin
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Date: January 14, 2011
Location: WCVM 2302
- Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science, Colorado State University ”Animal behaviour and welfare.”
Presented by the WCVM Animal Welfare Club
Dr. Temple Grandin teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. She has also authored more than 400 articles in scientific journals and livestock handling periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design.
- Download a copy of the presentation poster (PDF 220 KB)
The next Philosophy in the Community is Jan. 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at:
The Refinery, St. James Church Basement
609 Dufferin Avenue (at 12th Street, just off Broadway)
This months lecture is ”Do We Lack Moral Character?” by Professor Emer O’Hagan
Some social scientists and philosophers have recently argued that experimental evidence indicates that there is no such thing as a robust character trait. They conclude that what a person does on a particular occasion is best understood as arising from the situation, not the person, and so endorse “situationism”. People who we would not think of as cruel, for example, will nonetheless behave cruelly under conditions which promote cruelty. If social psychologists can show that the difference between good and bad conduct resides in the situation, not in the person, then it seems that we should abandon the idea that moral virtues and vices exist, and we should abandon moral theories which rely upon these concepts. In this talk I’ll consider some of the experimental evidence, some of the responses to it, and argue that the evidence from social psychology doesn’t undercut our appeal to character.
- March 25, 7:30 pm, Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Michael Binder, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will discuss trends in the nuclear industry, the commission’s role in regulating safety and waste management for research reactors and common misconceptions about the nuclear industry.
The department of philosophy is sponsoring a public lecture March 19 at 2:00
Emily Brady (University of Edinburgh) “Aesthetics and the Environment”
Room 116, Edwards School of Business
2:00 – 4:00 PM
(St. Mary’s University, Halifax)“Greenwashing and Corporate Moral Motivation“3:30 PM
Goodspeed Theatre (Room 18), Edwards School of Business
This is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
More about the topic:
TITLE OF PROJECT: “Greenwashing” and Corporate Moral MotivationAUTHOR: Dr. Chris MacDonald Saint Mary’s UniversityABSTRACT: This project seeks to examine the moral category of “greenwashing”, and to enquire into normative issues related to the motives that corporations have for highlighting their environmental accomplishments. “Greenwashing” is the term applied to what is perceived to be dishonest representation of corporate environmental records. Corporate communications are typically labeled “greenwashing” when observers are skeptical about what is motivating either a) the environmental project or policy being publicized, or b) the corporation’s decision to publicize it. The current project seeks to apply the tools of Rational Choice Theory to illuminate the motivational structures behind a) corporate communications about environmental practices, and b) consumer and activist responses to such communications.
Humanities Research Unit
- Feb. 23, 4-6 pm, Arts 146, Dorit Naaman, Queen’s University, will present Between Diary and Documentary: Video Perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, a public screening and discussion.
Saskatoon Archaeological Society
Feb. 12, 7:30 pm, Room 132 Archaeology, Tam Huynh and Denise Gibs present Between the Buried and Me: A look at the Gravestones at Halifax’s “Old Burying Ground”
Department of Psychology and the Culture and Human Development Graduate Program
Presents a Public Lecture by:
Dr. A-M. Ghadirian, MD
Department of Psychiatry
University of McGill, Montreal
Is Spirituality Relevant to the
Practice of Medicine?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Arts 241 (Neatby-Timlin Theatre)
Dr. Ghadirian is a Professor at McGill University, Faculty of Medicine and an Emeritus Physician of McGill University Health Centre. He has done extensive research looking into the connections between spirituality and medicine and published over 130 research articles in scientific journals in the field of psychiatry and behavioural sciences. He is the author of ten books, including, Creative Dimensions of Suffering and In Search of Nirvana: A New Perspective on Alcohol and Drug Dependency.
Sir Ken Robinson, author and engaging lecturer, is giving a free talk at the University of Saskatchewan this week.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Convocation Hall – University of Saskatchewan
An author of numerous bestselling books and government reports, Robinson has worked with governments, cultural organizations and Fortune 500 companies around the world.
He will be travelling to Saskatoon as the keynote speaker for the Gail Appel Lectureship in Literature and Fine Arts, presented annually through the College of Arts & Science at the U of S. His lecture, entitled “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative,” is open to the public. A book signing will follow this event.
Sir Ken Robinson – Biography
In 1998, Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the province.
In 2005, he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His new book, currently a New York Times Best Seller, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is being translated into eight different languages. To hear his TED talk on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
He also gave a RAS Lecture
For other events of interest see the Saskatoon Skeptics Calendar.