ZYGO Series—MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers

MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers
ZYGO Student Lunchtime Series on Ethics in Medicine
February 20, 2015
| 12:30-2 PM | Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
Lunch Provided | RSVP: http://bit.ly/1FYG8RG

Medically themed TV shows cover a wide range of genres; they include comedies such as Scrubs, dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, and soap operas such as General Hospital—the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. Too often the scientific-relevance of treatments presented on such shows is difficult to grasp and inaccurate. Research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in 2010 accordingly found that 46 percent of seizure cases depicted on medical dramas were subject to inappropriate treatments.

Along these lines, American news outlets are often criticized for presenting health-related news items in a sensationalist and distorted manner. Panelists for this event will consider the relationship between health issues and their representations in the media. Do TV producers and filmmakers have any ethical obligations to accurately present medical cases? How do current depictions of health on TV and in the news impact the way viewers seek out and view medical treatment?

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director
Panelists:
Doe Mayer, Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Armine Kourouyan, MPH, Project Manager, Hollywood, Health & Society, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Lara Bradshaw, Ph.D. Student, Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts
William Reckner, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

Cosponsored by the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

USC LEVAN INSTITUTE FOR HUMANITIES AND ETHICS
The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

University of Southern California
Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd Judson, Director
usclevan@dornsife.usc.edu

Magill Poetry Series

MARY RUEFLE
Thursday, March 26
4:30 PM
DML 240

Please join the Department of English for this year’s Magill Poetry Reading, featuring poet Mary Ruefle, on March 26, 2015 at 4:30p.m. in Doheny Memorial Library 240. A poet and an essayist, Ruefle has written numerous books of poetry, including Indeed I Was Please with the World (2007) and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This event is free and open to the public.

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

Reading, Music, & Talk
March 3, 20154:30 PM
DML 240

Join the Department of English for music, a reading, and a book signing with USC Writer-in-Residence T.C. Boyle.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

SPEECH WITHOUT BORDERS: Disentangling Free Speech, Hate Speech, Irreligious Speech, and Seditious Speech

A Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics
February 11, 2015, Noon | Ground Zero Cafe | Lunch Provided
RSVP:
 http://bit.ly/1DnObIi

The recent massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Saudi Arabia’s caning of a blogger for religiously offensive speech, and the French government’s crackdown on speech in support of terrorism have intensified debate worldwide over the meaning and limits of public expression.  What sorts of speech should be protected and on what grounds? More

Coffeehouse Conversations Program Director and Moderator:
Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Panelists:
Ed McCann, Professor of Philosophy and English, USC Dornsife
Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life
Marc Cooper, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg
Arjun Ahuja, Inquisitive Student, Philosophy, Politics and Law, USC Dornsife

HUGO SLIM: “Humanitarian Action in the Syrian Crisis: Obstacles and Innovations”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 4 PM | Herklotz Room, Doheny Memorial Library (DML 233)
**UPDATED LOCATION**
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1BiLUvN

Hugo Slim is the University of Oxford Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations. From 1983-1994, he worked as a frontline humanitarian worker for Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. He is currently leading research on humanitarian ethics that will deliver the first major practical text on humanitarian ethics in war and disaster and will develop new standards of care and accountability in humanitarian organizations. Dr. Slim is the lead instructor for the USC Levan Institute-Oxford Workshops.

Organizing Sponsor: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics

Cosponsors: Cosponsors: International Human Rights Clinic, USC Gould School of Law; USC Center for International Studies; USC Spectrum; USC Program Board Speakers Committee; Oxford Consortium for Human Rights; and Levan Institute Undergraduate Fellows

Announcing a Call for Submissions – ‘The Social Justice Review’

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Are you a voice for social justice?

Want to have your work read around the world? The Social Justice Review (SJR), a journal sponsored by the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, is now accepting outstanding submissions for publication in our inaugural Spring 2015 issue.

While our final deadline is not until midnight on February 9th, early submissions are welcome – whether creative or academic in nature.

Visit us online at www.socialjusticereview.com to learn more.

As a global platform for social justiceThe Social Justice Review offers a forum for undergraduates worldwide who engage—utilizing the written word—with issues of ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, religion, or other social issues or inequalities.

Managed and edited by students at USC, The Social Justice Review seeks polished, mindfully-crafted undergraduate submissions that resonate with our socially conscious readership—academic, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, hybrid prose, etc. We believe in the power of research, narrative, and storytelling as a means of advocating for a more socially just world.

VIRTUES AND VICES SERIES: What is Justice?

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VIRTUES AND VICES SERIES: What is Justice?

February 2, 2015, 5-6:30 PM | THH 212 | Pizza Served
Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/virtues-and-vices
RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1ua3eDx

Co-sponsored by the USC Levan Institute Undergraduate Fellows and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Following the workshop on courage, we will now move to the virtue of justice. Aristotle noted that, among the canonical virtues, justice is a special case primarily because people mean so many different things when they appeal to it. Sometimes what is lawful is just, while at other times justice may require unlawful action. Sometimes justice can be equated with fairness, and yet at other times justice may require actions that seem inequitable. According to Aristotle, justice is also difficult to determine because, of the two parties which it involves, one often has a higher status than the other. We will navigate this difficult terrain with special focus, as ever, on how we might best be just in our daily lives.

The discussion will be guided by Levan Institute Fellows and students from Thematic Option and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics.

The Virtues and Vices Series encourages student discussion about virtues, vices, and their role in everyday life.