|April 22: Eric S. Rabkin|
MOOCs: Been There, Done That, Want It Different
Abstract: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer irresistible economies for both consumers and producers, but in what ways are these people students and teachers? What are the relations between educating and credentialing? How can we educate masses without replying to individuals? Having this year designed and offered the world’s first writing-intensive MOOC (Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World), I have had the exhilarating opportunity and inevitable necessity of confronting a range of expectations, desires, and fears from 40,000 “students,” numerous colleagues in several institutions, and the public. Massive online education is coming. How does it feel so far? What can we do better? What should we do differently? What may and should the future of education hold? In this presentation, I aim to share my experiences and explore issues from pedagogy to plagiarism to evolving technology with the help of all concerned.
Monday, April 22, 4:00 pm, Wang Center Theater
|February 21: Deborah Willis|
The Black Body and the Lens
Abstract: Dr. Willis’ talk will address the black body in photography, print, video, and presented in exhibition spaces. Central to her discussion will be a focus on how the display of the black body affects how we see and interpret the world. Using a selection of photographs by Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, among others, she will consider the construction of beauty and style, gendered images, race in pop culture. In doing so she hopes to engage in a discussion with the student body about ways in which our contemporary understanding of art, history, and culture is constructed and informed by public display in museums, text, and the global landscape.
Thursday, February 21,
4:00 pm, Wang Center Theater
|March 14: Alison Jaggar|
Situating Moral Justification: Rethinking the Mission of Moral Epistemology
Abstract: This lecture draws from a larger project, co-authored with Theresa Tobin of Marquette University. Tobin’s and my overall goal is to understand how moral claims may be rationally justified in a world characterized by cultural diversity and social inequality. Our larger work proposes a distinctive way of naturalizing moral epistemology. To show why an alternative approach is needed, we argue that the currently most influential philosophical accounts of moral justification all lend themselves to rationalizing the moral claims of those with more social power. The present lecture explains how the specific account given by discourse ethics is flawed just in this way. I begin by identifying several conditions of adequacy for assessing reasoning practices designed to achieve moral justification and use these conditions to evaluate the practice of reasoning recommended by discourse ethics. I argue that discourse ethics fails the conditions of adequacy and that, in contexts of cultural diversity and social inequality, it lends itself to rationalizing the moral claims of those with more social power. I then argue that the failure of discourse ethics is rooted in its reliance on a broader conception of moral epistemology that is invidiously idealized. The lecture concludes by pointing to the need to rethink both the mission and method of moral epistemology.
Thursday, March 14, 5:30 pm, Harriman Hall, Room 214
|March 25: Daniel M. Fox|
Patients' Rights and the Governance of the Health Sector: Two Stories To Inform Policy Daniel Fox is President Emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund, after serving as President from 1990 to 2007. Before joining the Fund he served in state government (Massachusetts and New York), as an advisor to and staff member of three federal agencies and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University and then at the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to articles in journals of health services and policy, social science, law and history, Fox is the author of The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy and American States (2010), Power and Illness: The Failure and Future of American Health Policy (1993 and 1995); Engines of Culture (1963 and 1994); The Discovery of Abundance (1967 and 2002); Economists and Health Care (1979); Health Politics, Health Policies: The Experience of Britain and America 1911-1965 (1986); and Photographing Medicine: Images and Power in Britain and America since 1840 (1988). He co edited AIDS: The Burdens of History (1988); AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease (1992); Five States That Could Not Wait: Lessons for Health Reform from Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont (1994); Home-Based Care for a New Century (1996); and Treating Drug Abusers Effectively (1996). Co-sponsors: Stony Brook University Medical Center, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics, Graduate Program in Public Health.
Abstract: Dr. Fox will examine his recent experience as an inpatient and outpatient at an academic medical center in the context of his many years as a participant in the governance of the health sector; as a policymaker, policy adviser, manager, researcher and author. He will argue that adequate protection of patients’ human rights will require external regulation to reinforce self-regulation.
Monday, March 25, 4:00 pm, Wang Center Theater
|March 26: Richard W. Aldrich|
Allosteric Gating of Voltage and Calcium Activated Potassium Channels
Abstract: Allosteric regulation and cooperativity are essential molecular features of cellular
Tuesday, March 26, 4:00 pm, Simons Center, Lecture Hall 103
|18th Annual Leadership Symposium|
|April 5: Laurie A. Schreiner|
Thriving: A New Vision for Student Success
Abstract: A focus on thriving in college has the potential to change the way we view student success and to shape the strategies we use to assist students. It shifts our attention from failure prevention to success promotion. As co-author of the Student Satisfaction Inventory, a nationally normed instrument used on more than 1,600 college and university campuses across the United States and Canada, Dr. Schreiner’s report on these national findings provides guidelines for faculty, and academic and student affairs professionals on emerging practices and interventions.The Symposium examines the construct of thriving as a measure used to understand student success over and above the traditional consideration of gender, ethnicity, generation status, high school grades and admission test scores. Stony Brook University respondents’ will provide their perspectives on SBU’s efforts in implementing these promising practices.
Friday, April 5, 9:00 am, Student Activities Center, Ballroom B
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