Wesleying Summer Lecture Series: Part I

  • The Crisis in Darfur: A Challenge of Conscience – “This meeting examines the crisis in Darfur both in terms of the ethnic tensions involved and the impact of global warming and environmental issues on the violence. Speakers also address how individuals can aid the people of Darfur and help resolve this crisis.”
  • Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation -“ Political Science Professor Suzanne Mettler explores how the GI Bill elevated civic and political involvement among its beneficiaries, especially men of the World War II generation, across lines of class and race. In our time of declining civic engagement and growing economic inequality, Mettler argues that the GI Bill offers ‘important lessons about how a public policy can ameliorate both trends.'”

  • Sex and the Professors“Ann Lane explores the issue of sexual relationships between professors and students. Lane is currently working on a book tentatively titled, ‘Consensual Sexual Relations in the Academy: Gender, Power and Sexuality.'”
  • From Darwin to Hitler – “In his book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (2004), Richard Weikart explains the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality. Darwinism played a key role in the rise not only of eugenics (a movement wanting to control human reproduction to improve the human species), but also on euthanasia, infanticide, abortion, and racial extermination. This was especially important in Germany, since Hitler built his view of ethics on Darwinian principles.”

  • China in the Red – A PBS Frontline special: “Filmed over the course of three turbulent years, “China in the Red” is a two-hour documentary that tells the stories of 10 Chinese individuals — factory workers, rural villagers, and a millionaire entrepreneur — caught up in China’s dramatic, ongoing effort to modernize its economy. Through their intimate personal stories, camera work capturing the unique feel of their cities and homes, and with a soundtrack that includes Chinese rock music reflecting the rawness and energy of a nation in great flux, “China in the Red” offers a view of China that is rarely seen in the West.”
  • Pools in America – (NPR’s On Point) “In their heyday, at their best, America’s public swimming pools were cool, blue pleasure zones where happy kids and adults of all stripes showered down and splashed in. But just as often, they were cultural battlegrounds — over unwashed immigrants, race, gender, class, and public sexuality.”

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10 thoughts on “Wesleying Summer Lecture Series: Part I

  1. Anonymous

    I think the lecture series is a great idea. However, From Darwin to Hitler is an odd choice, especially since Weikart is a fellow of the Discovery Insitute (which is a major promoter of intelligent design) and the book the speech borrows its title from was at least partially funded by the Institute. Clearly Weikart is not nearly as unbiased as he claims to be at the beginning of his lecture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Weikarthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute

  2. Anonymous

    I think the lecture series is a great idea. However, From Darwin to Hitler is an odd choice, especially since Weikart is a fellow of the Discovery Insitute (which is a major promoter of intelligent design) and the book the speech borrows its title from was at least partially funded by the Institute. Clearly Weikart is not nearly as unbiased as he claims to be at the beginning of his lecture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Weikarthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute

  3. Anonymous

    I think the lecture series is a great idea. However, From Darwin to Hitler is an odd choice, especially since Weikart is a fellow of the Discovery Insitute (which is a major promoter of intelligent design) and the book the speech borrows its title from was at least partially funded by the Institute. Clearly Weikart is not nearly as unbiased as he claims to be at the beginning of his lecture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Weikarthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute

  4. Anonymous

    I think the lecture series is a great idea. However, From Darwin to Hitler is an odd choice, especially since Weikart is a fellow of the Discovery Insitute (which is a major promoter of intelligent design) and the book the speech borrows its title from was at least partially funded by the Institute. Clearly Weikart is not nearly as unbiased as he claims to be at the beginning of his lecture.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Weikarthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute

  5. Anonymous

    I think the lecture series is a great idea. However, From Darwin to Hitler is an odd choice, especially since Weikart is a fellow of the Discovery Insitute (which is a major promoter of intelligent design) and the book the speech borrows its title from was at least partially funded by the Institute. Clearly Weikart is not nearly as unbiased as he claims to be at the beginning of his lecture.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Weikart

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute

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