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Philosopher Part of $3 Million Grant

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Dr. Michael Goldsby is a lead researcher on a new project that was recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the tune of nearly $3 million. The project, which is part of the NSF’s broader investment into “Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems” (INFEWS), aims to develop a framework for promoting and maximizing resilience between food, energy, and water (FEW) sectors in the Columbia River Basin. Dr. Goldsby along with Dr. Stephen Katz from the School of the Environment, lead the arm of the project that is responsible for developing the theoretical and conceptual models that will serve as the core for the integrated models developed by other teams here at WSU.


Protection and Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Conflict

A presentation by Joris D. Kila

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., CUB Auditorium

Dr. Kila will also present a Foley Talk at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Bryan 308.

Joris Kila
Joris Kila

Widely regarded as the cradle of civilization, North Africa and the Middle East house a rich cultural heritage of art and artifacts dating back to the earliest-known human settlements. Today, these treasures are under serious threat of damage, theft, and destruction arising from armed conflicts.

Joris Kila is at the frontline of the struggle to prevent destruction of a shared heritage that has been preserved and passed down to us over thousands of years. Based on his research and experience, Dr. Kila will present possible solutions in this critical struggle.

A member of the U.S. Combat Commands Cultural Heritage Action Group and chair of the International Cultural Resources Working Group, Kila assesses the place of cultural property protection in global security and examines competing and contradictory stakeholder interests. (Why are national and international policies and institutions unable to safeguard heritage and prevent illegal trade? he asks.) His assessment includes analysis of iconoclasm, traumascapes, military input, and the use of cultural property to finance conflict.

Kila, who is a veteran of cultural emergency missions in areas of armed conflict, also will present his original research into an ISIS (Daesh)-developed business model for cultural appropriation and other evidence he collected of damaged and lost material culture in Syria, Mali, Egypt, Libya, and Iraq.

Sponsored by the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs with support from the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of History George and Bernadine Converse Historical Endowment; the Department of English; the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service; the PPPA Graduate Student Association; and Office of Multicultural Student Services.


Kantsequentialists Take Seattle, Sort of

ethicsbowlThis year was the 8th year in a row that we sent a team, The Kantsequentialists, to Intercollegiate Regional Ethics Bowl in Seattle. They were magnificent!
To begin with, going to the big Bowl in Seattle is already the culmination of a great deal of work. In early September the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics sends out 12 cases in applied ethics, and our team went right to work researching the cases in order to present our recommended resolutions to the various ethical dilemmas. This sets the ground for the debates, the main events of the Ethics Bowl. The teams are paired off to debate their respective responses to the cases before a panel of magisterial judges. Sometimes it gets pretty lively, though throwing things is rather discouraged.
In our three matches this year we first fought the defending National IMG_1172Champions (the evil Philosoraptors from Whitworth) to a draw, then we crushed, albeit with considerable civility, Montana State by 30 points (out of 160), and then we lost a very close (very questionably judged) match to Arizona State’s Ethicats by four measly points. Many onlookers said that they would have decided the match very differently, and not all of these were parents of our students. In the end, this was Whitman’s year: the good Philosofalcons carried off the Regional Trophy and will proceed to Nationals with top billing. The winner from our Region has won the National title 4 out of the last 6 years. In sum, we are happy to hold our own with the best teams in the country, and already chomping at the bit for next year.

IMG_1173While space limits prohibit everyone on the team from going to Seattle, everyone on the team makes vital contributions to the team.
Thus we are very proud of everyone on the team!

Team Members:

Jashauna Adams, James Aguirre, Tamara Alfie, Aly Bonwell, Lindsay Cannon, Megan Cook, Sam Dilley, Raleigh Hansen, Molly Hart, Tyler Hemmie, Chayce Kowalski, Megan Lillis, Lily Niemi, Ashley Orjiako, Phil Pitts, Sierra Rasmussen, Danielle Sampson, Reed Simock, Alyssa I Norris, Consuelo Vega,Tyler Watson, Jansen Vandermeulen

Law School Dean Preps Future Law Students

On Nlawdeanovember 4, the Pre-Law Resource Center, directed by PPPA Assistant Professor Michael Salamone, hosted Daniel Santos, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration at Willamette University College of Law. Dean Santos taught a mock law school class in which he discussed a judge’s decision in a labor law case and engaged the students in some related hypothetical situations. Following the mock class, Dean Santos answered students’ questions about the law school admissions process and about legal education in general.

PPPA Professor Makes TV Appearance

Long_Carolyn1wCarolyn Long, associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, appeared in an episode of a new television series produced by C-SPAN in cooperation with the National Constitution Center. “Landmark Cases” features 12 of the Supreme Court’s most significant decisions. It introduced viewers to the people who sparked the cases, the key lawyers and justices, the time period in which the case reached the Supreme Court, and the court’s decision and its impact.
Long discussed Mapp v. Ohio. She was one of two anchor guests appearing with a moderator. The program was live, and viewers had an opportunity to call in with questions and Tweet live.

Long wrote a book on this famous case, “Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,” (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006).

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Getting Continental in Philly

062PPPA Grad Student, Laci Hubbard-Mattix had the opportunity to attend the annual NPSA (northeastern political science association meeting) that is known for its modern & continental political theory presentations. She presented the paper “Pregnant with Biopower: A Foucauldian discourse on womanly life” that explored the consequences of expected motherhood. While there she also had the opportunity to act as a chair and discussant on a panel “Contemporary Anarchist Thought: Philosophy, Politics, and Social Movement Theory” and was a co-discussant with Laurie Naranch on a panel entitled “The Rebellion against Capitalism.” All-in-all it was a great conference and a great opportunity.

PPPA Celebrates Holidays with Potluck

078PPPA Faculty, Staff, and graduate students gathered for a Holiday Meal together on Thursday, December 3rd. This celebration was quite successful with over thirty people in attendance and an abundance of good food. Laughs and conversation could be heard throughout the 8th floor of Johnson Tower. The celebration ended with full bellies, and a room full of smiles. Though the weather is frigid, and the lives of PPPA faculty, staff, and students are all very busy, we take time for the important things, like a meal and conversation with our PPPA family! 074077

Director Teaches Virtue Ethics to Austrian Military

arDr. Glazebrook gave a paper on November 3rd at the 31st Cultural Studies Dialogue: Knowledge, Expertise, and Wisdom in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was organized by the Centre of People-Oriented Leadership and Defence Policy at the National Defence Academy of Austria. Her paper was entitled ‘Wisdom and happiness: On Knowing Oneself,’ and presented an explication of Aristotle’s virtue ethics. Dr. Glazebrook argued that wisdom goes beyond expertise because wisdom is expert knowledge guided by virtue, i.e. understanding what the good is. So a technical expert can, for example, explain both a falling apple and a falling bomb, whereas a wise person can say what the difference is and why it matters. A virtuous person is accordingly is someone whose reason and desire guide them to the same action; e.g. someone who actually wants to stay home and study rather than hit the bar, shoot tequila, and play pool, because they know that studying will lead to a better outcome. Such a person, says Aristotle, will be happy.

Dr. Ridout Communicates About Political Advertising in the Current Presidential Nomination

nomTravis Ridout spoke at an “Ad Watch” workshop at Texas A&M University in October. Ridout’s talk centered on patterns of political advertising in the current presidential nomination race, and he speculated about how advertising in the 2016 presidential race may be different from 2008 and 2012. While in College Station, he also gave the Aggie Agora Marquee Lecture about issue overlap between candidates and interest groups in political advertising.
Ridout was also quoted in a recent article in US News and World Report about campaign advertising in the current presidential nomination campaign. Ridout said, “airing commercials this early is more about continuing a drumbeat of momentum than nailing down actual votes. It might be sort of a top-of-the-head thing so when the pollster calls it’s, ‘I remember that one guy on the air.’ It can help you in the polls temporarily, which can help with media and donors. It doesn’t mean they’re going to vote for you in February.” Read the US News Article.

Dr. Glazebrook Speaks about Immigrant Issue in Europe

Patricia Glazebrook PPPAwwDr. Glazebrook read a paper on November 5th at the 18th Civil-Military Relations Conference (After War: Building, Sustaining, and Thinking Peace) in Vienna, Austria. Her paper, entitled ‘The Walking Dead: Environmental and Climate Impacts on Identity,’ discussed the growing problem of environmental refugees, that is, people displaced by climate-induced environmental devastation, like rising sea levels in the small island sates, or extreme weather events, like drought and flood. Analysis of the current refugee crisis in Europe was used to provide a model of what to expect in years to come from climate-caused population migration. That comparison indicated that immigrant and refugee movement across Europe (to the United Kingdom in particular), has been shown since 2002 to bring significant economic benefits to host countries. Dr. Glazebrook argued that climate (and other refugees) are largely beneficial rather than a threat, and that some European states, most explicitly Germany, have welcomed refugees fleeing ISIS and conflict in the Middle East, perhaps in light of these benefits as well as for humanitarian reasons. She concluded that the tragedy of displacement falls to the refugee rather than the host. She described an interview with a 16-year-old girl from the Solomon Islands, who said that though she was grateful to the places that have offered to take her people in as their island is overwhelmeimmigrationd by the sea, she will no longer be at home, in her language, eating her food…and thus in a way, she is already dead. The tragedy of displacement is loss of cultural identity.