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 Fall 2020

October 21, 2020 from 12:00noon - 1:00pm (planned ONLINE via Zoom) 

Dr. Michael R. Spicher,  Aesthetics Area Editor,  Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Editor,  Leonardo Electronic Almanac; Website:  Aesthetics Research Lab

Title:     Aesthetics Matters: A Look at the World Beyond Art 

Abstract:  Aesthetic taste rose to prominence in the 18 th century, and then quickly disappeared. Since the start of the 2000s, scholars have slowly returned to the traditional concepts in aesthetics—beauty, the sublime, and aesthetic experience. Aesthetic taste, however, has lagged behind. I think this happened for two main reasons: aesthetics is too often associated with art alone  and taste is thought to have no connection with anything objective. In this talk, I want to show the importance of aesthetics for non-art fields, especially how it pervades popular culture and experience. Additionally, while aesthetic taste is subjective in terms of the feeling of the experience, it’s based on some objective content that is beneficial for businesses appealing to customers.

Spring 2019

April 3, 2019 at 4:00pm - 5:30pm    Wang Center LH 1, PROVOST LECTURE SERIES

Professor Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor at The University of North Carolina Asheville and an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.  Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries.  He is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, which in November 2011 produced the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 

TITLE:  Seeing Human Rights through Film 

Ab stract :  Although human rights has achieved near-universal acceptance in political discourse, violations of those standards continue unabated.  This talk will addresses how film -- feature films, documentaries, animations, and even personal videos -- can assist us in seeing human rights violations, including our own contributions to such egregious practices, but also in understanding the manner in which human rights can (and should) be protected and enforced. 

Fall 2018

October 12, 2018 at 11:00am – 12:30pm      Harriman Hall 304

Professor Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, College of Business, Stony Brook University

Title: On Integration of Business, Philosophy, and Art: Business Ethics through Film

Abstract: The talk will discuss motivations behind developing the course Business Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film, and will present the new book entitled Professional and Business Ethics through Film: The Allure of Cinematic Presentation and Critical Thinking . The talk will address some real cases and some films related to the following issues: the corporate and banking financial machinations (greed, fraud, social responsibility); workplace ethical challenges (harassment, violence, inequity, inequality); professional and business ethical challenges (corruption, whistleblowing, outsourcing and downsizing, innovation and competition); relation of businesses with stakeholders in society and dealing with environmental issues (climate, vital resources, international relations and human rights, social inequality); personal responsibility and identity challenges due to career pressures, loss of privacy and cyber harassment, job structure changes in light of changing technology.

Spring 2018

April 20, 2018 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm Charles B. Wang Center Theater, PROVOST’S LECTURE SERIES:

Alexander Nehamas  is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature and the Carpenter Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.  His books include Nietzsche: Life as Literature, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, and On Friendship. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

 Title:   Metaphors in Our Lives: “I Love You for Yourself’’

Abstract: Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts, but surprisingly difficult to define. Nehamas argues that friendship is an aesthetic, but not always moral, good. Like metaphors and works of art, friendships are inexhaustible and the people who matter to us always remain a step beyond the furthest point our knowledge of them has reached—though only if, and as long as, they still matter to us. Love for our friends shape who we are and who we might become.


Fall 2017

October 2, 2017 at 2:30pm - 4:00pm Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1, PROVOST’S LECTURE SERIES:

Professor John Hoker, T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility and Professor of Operations Research, Carnegie Mellon University.

Title: Taking Ethics Seriously: Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace

Abstract:  Ethics is no less important to an organization than technology or finance. We need ethics not to decide who is good or bad, but to build social infrastructure that is indispensable to getting anything done. This talk presents examples of how ethical dilemmas can be resolved, and sound organizational policies developed, on the basis of rigorous ethical analysis.

Fall 2016

October 24, 2016 at 5pm - 6:30pm Room 304 Harriman Hall:

Professor Pierre Guillet de Monthoux,   Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy , Denmark (

Title:   Art, Philosophy, and Business: turns to speculative realism in European management scholarship

(Published in European Management Journal, 2015)

Abstract:  This talk proposes turn-taking as a way to understand how European management scholarship opens up to societal phenomena as play, critique, artistry, and aesthetics co-creating business realities. European management scholarship rests on contributions, still mostly under the Anglo-Saxon publication radar, of people and platforms favoring un-scholastic scholarship where art and philosophy perform reality-checks. Such scholarship shares the ambitions of “speculative philosophy” turning away from “speculative fiction” preaching and defending preconceived ideals. A recent Carnegie Report criticizes the Business School for building speculative castles in the sky. European scholarship might rethink it as an Art School where managerial action is seen as philosophizing in a speculative realism-mode.


November 18, 2016 at 11am- 12:30pm, Room 304 Harriman Hall:

Eliza Jane Reilly, Ph.D.  Executive Director   National Center for Science and Civic Engagement ( and Research Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University

Title:       Using Complex Civic Challenges to Enhance Student Learning in Business, the Arts, and Humanities

  Abstract: For the last seventeen years the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), has been helping faculty revitalize their teaching to improve student learning and engagement in STEM, while also increasing civic awareness, by teaching disciplinary content "through" complex public challenges, such as chronic and infectious diseases, threats to the environment, food security, energy, cyber security, and many others. This talk will describe the expansion of the SENCER strategy beyond STEM courses and programs, to social sciences, the arts, and humanities, and suggest its application to the business curriculum.

Spring 2016

March 23, 2016 at 5:30pm, Room 304 Harriman Hall:

Christian White, Artist  ( )

Title:        Why on Earth Should I Study Art in Business School?

  Abstract: Artist Christian White talks about the reasoning and advantages behind arts education combined with a Business School curriculum. Mr. White has had a long and varied career as a professional and educator in a wide variety of fields in the Arts, and will discuss how an arts education has affected the careers of business innovators like Steve Jobs and Ayah Bdeir, and how art classes can aid in decision-making and strategy in the business world. With an eye to the challenges ahead in a rapidly changing world of technology and geopolitical climate for business and industry, the need for creative and innovative problem-solving increasingly calls for the kind of education that is pursued in the arts. Christian White recently completed the execution of   The Iconic Wall,   A major sculpture installation in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. His paintings are included in the collections of several major Museums.

Fall 2015

November 13, 2015 at 1pm, Room 304 Harriman Hall:

Professor Matt Statler, NYU Stern School of Business,  " Humanities and Arts in Management Education"

Abstract of the talk: Prof. Statler recently co-edited a special issue of the  Journal of Management Education together with P. Guillet de Monthoux of Copenhagen Business School. The special issue, entitled  Integrating Liberal Learning, Humanities, and Management Education: Putting the Carnegie Report Into Practice , includes a variety of perspectives and approaches to the integration of the arts and humanities within management education. In this talk, Prof. Statler will provide an overview of the special issue's contents, the activities currently underway in the field of management education, and the future prospects for the transformation of the basic ontology, epistemology and ethics of the business school.