Lectures & Conversations
UW-Stout’s Center for Applied Ethics will host a discussion with Pulitzer Prize winner Edward J. Larson on his book “American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom A. Larson will discuss the relationship between liberty and slavery in the birth of the United States and the founding leaders championing liberty while enslaving Black people.
And a discussion, Should We Remove Racist Monuments? will be held virtually in Microsoft Teams from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Debaters will be Travis Timmerman, of Seton Hall University, and Daniel Demetriou, of University of Minnesota, Morris.
“We seem to live in an age where everything is politicized: slavery, racism, abortion, transgenderism, climate change, animal welfare, artificial intelligence, democracy and so on. The center’s mission is to help advance the discussion by having it in an informed, healthy and enjoyable way. People are yearning for informed and healthy discussions around these issues,” said center Director Xan Bozzo, assistant professor of philosophy.
The center also hosts Philosophers’ Cafés, informal, friendly conversations of contemporary issues. Meetings are open to all and are led by UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire faculty. Upcoming conversations will be held at 7 p.m., at Brewery Nonic in Menomonie:
- Wednesday, Nov. 8: Drawing the Line: Does Tolerance Have Limits?
- Wednesday, Dec. 13: Back from the Dustbin? The Marxist Critique in the Twenty-First Century
“If you’re interested in helping advance the discussion and learning from others, then you’ll find our programs interesting and rewarding,” Bozzo said.