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Philosophy Colloquium Series 2015-2015: Kyle White

Date: October 30, 2015
Topic: TBA

Dr. Kyle White will be joining us on October 30th as part of the UW Philosophy Colloquium Series. Dr. White holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University and is a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration. His research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations.

Philosophy Colloquium Series 2014-2015: Heidi Grasswick

Dr. Heidi Grasswick from Middlebury University was a speaker as part of the 2014-2015 philosophy colloquium series. The topic of her lecture was Scientists as Experts: Understanding Trustworthiness Across Communities, where she discussed the conditions for scientists’ trustworthiness, distrust in scientific communities sometimes evident in socially marginalized groups, and some suggestions around how scientific communities might improve their trustworthiness across varying social groups.

Dr. Grasswick’s research areas center around feminist epistemology, social epistemology, and most recently is focused around trust between scientific and lay communities, and responsibilities around sharing of knowledge.

Science, Technology, and Society 2014 Conference: Challenges and Opportunities

The Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities conference on August 10-13, 2014 at the University of Waterloo, was held jointly with The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP). The conference had over 200 presentation with representation from a dozen countries and over a dozen disciplines. Individuals came from the faculty, graduate, and undergraduate level.

Science and Society Conference

Carla Fehr and Heather Douglas presented What are the Problems with Science, Values and Democracy? at the Science and Society Conference, University of Ottawa. The symposium itself aimed to address the key issues around science, technology, society, and policy. Dr. Fehr and Dr. Douglas highlighted the importance of rejecting the notion that science can be value-free, the adoption of ‘organized skepticism’, and the importance of ‘surfacing’ values and interests within scientific research.

Dr. Carla Fehr speaks at UWO’s 21st Century Feminism in the Academy

Dr. Carla Fehr was one of the featured speakers at the University of Western Ontario conference on 21st Century Feminism in the Academy. The conference explored the contemporary challenges of engaging issues around feminism and diversity. Dr. Fehr’s talk was on Excellent Science: of the People, by the People, for the People.

Women in Physics: Past, Present, and Future

The Second Annual Science and Technology in Society Day celebrated International Women’s Day with a truly stellar event, featuring one of the foremost scientists in the world. It was held at the Perimeter Institute and brought students from both the University of Waterloo and Laurier together to discuss the role of women in science.

International Women’s Day: A time to reflect on women in science

Professor Carla Fehr discusses the importance of gender equity and diversity in science and technology for promoting excellence in research.

“Research communities that are diverse and run on democratic principles simply do better science…Diversity in scientific communities also helps ensure the work meets the broader needs of society and public welfare”

Nancy Tuana: Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Issues in the Climate Sciences

Science, Technology, and Society in collaboration with the UW Philosophy Department held a lecture by Dr. Nancy Tuana, where she talked about Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Issues in the Climate Sciences. Dr. Tuana is a philosopher of science, feminist studies theorist, and the founding director of Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute and DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy, Science, Technology, and Society, and Women’s Studies.