Robin Zheng, a 2015 PhD graduate of the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy, former Ethics Bowl volunteer and current assistant philosophy professor at the Singapore Yale-NUS school, discusses her fascinating work on implicit bias and responsibility with us.
A2Ethics talks the ethical benefits and pitfalls of participatory budgeting across the world with Ana Paula Pimental Walker, a professor of urban planning at the University of Michigan who specializes in PB.
Karen Lancaster, finance director for the city of Ann Arbor, discusses the annual budgeting process for the city with us in what you could call a ‘Budget 101’. Walking through the stages of the budget process and different city funds, Karen suggests several ways citizens can be more informed and influential on their local budgets, such as coming to City Council meetings early on in the process, tracking funding allocations online or signing up for email updates.
Per-Erik Milam talks about his compelling work on the ethics of forgiveness, and in particular, his stimulating ideas about the practices of self-forgiveness. He also suggests how we can distinguish forgiveness from its kin, e.g., apologizing, excusing and pardoning. Most thrillingly, he invites us to think about the future of forgiveness, if we imagine that we do not have free will, and our actions are not our own.
Our conversation with Don Welch, PhD, President and CEO of Michigan's member-owned Merit Network begins with a lively discussion on a very pressing concern: how to ethically train students and workforce personnel to protect and defend institutional networks against cyberattacks and security breaches. As an early innovator in computer networking services for researchers and educators, Merit is uniquely positioned in this field.
One traditional way to tell a team competition story is to be the publicly detached sport journalist, who provides the written reality show to other fans, offering them an inside tale of locker room antics. No matter the competition, the story line is the same. It basically follows the four tasks required of a team. Sooner or later, all teams have to: "form, storm, norm and perform."
With the 2012 national election now over, we can expect a steep drop in some kinds of political participation in our democracy--from campaign volunteering to learning about candidates and issues through the multitudinous media channels now available to encourage participation. These days, the most talked about channels of political and civic participation are social media.