Lectures start promptly at 7:30PM and are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month September through May
1-12-2016: Politics of Anger
Brad Carter, Ph.D., SMU
politics of anger
a recurring phenomenon in our society. Thus, it calls for
lecture will explore why rational analysis may help us understand why
anger and irrationality plays so large a role in contemporary
politics in the U.S.
1-26-2016: The Ethics of Depletion Marketing
Robert Howell, Ph.D. & Ken Daley6, Ph.D., SMU
psychological research suggests that willpower is a depletable
resource. Advertisers and marketing professionals are keen to
take advantage of this phenomenon in an attempt to move merchandise.
This lecture explores the ethics of using “ego depletion” to wear
down consumers until they open their wallets.
The Meaning of Objectivity
Fred Grinnell, Ph.D., UT Southwestern
interact with the world through different attitudes, e.g., artistic,
scientific, religious. Diverse attitudes give rise to different ways
of “practicing” the world. This lecture will address how the
meaning of objectivity can change, ultimately being established
within a community and not by an individual.
2-23-2016: Africa--Myths, Challenges andOpportunities
Alfred Latigo, Ph.D. Global Institute for Development Evidence
myths and false perceptions proliferate when it comes to Africa.
This talk will reveal these incorrect ideas and offer political,
economic, social, and environmental solutions to unveil the full
potential of this intriguing and dynamic continent.
3-8-2016: Sexual Autonomy and Deception
Jennifer Matey, Ph.D., SMU
types of deceptions are morally problematic in the context of
romantic/sexual relationships? At least some deceptions are wrong
because they interfere with sexual autonomy. But how do we know which
3-22-2016: The Ethics and Economics of Immigration
David Pruessner, JD, LLM, Law Office of David Pruessner
a country largely founded by immigrants, the U.S. has faced
immigration questions from its inception. And Texas has constantly
been at the forefront of immigration debates tracing back to the
Mexican American War. This lecture will highlight our past
immigration experience and explore possible solutions, with a focus
on ethical and economic issues.
4-12-2016: The Biologic, Sociologic and Historical Basis of Beauty
David Alkek, M.D.
presentation will explain how what we call a “pretty” or
“beautiful” face has evolved anthropologically and socially.
These concepts affect how we interact with others--how we are
attracted and attract the other sex, how we choose leaders, even how
we might get out of a traffic ticket.
4-26-2016: In Defense of Plagiarism
Philipp Rosemann, Ph.D., University of Dallas
days, plagiarism is considered the capital sin of academic work. What
could be worse than to copy someone else's work and pretend that it
is one's own? Yet important questions and problems arise. Is there
anything in a person’s ideas that is not derivative? Thus, is it
truly appropriate to extend the concept of property to ideas?
5-10-2016: Managing Polarities for Fun and Profit
Bert Parlee, Ph.D., Stagen Consulting
Integral worldview holds that all perspectives are true - but
approach represents a heterodoxy challenge to the absolute truth of
the current politically correct orthodoxy ruling mainstream media,
academia, and the intelligentsia.