Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics—COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Play or Work?

October 8, 2014, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | Lunch Provided

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College sports can be big business, generating enormous revenues for schools and salaries for coaches, while their athletes receive just scholarship, room and board.  Currently, pending lawsuits seek to remove caps on player compensation and to allow players to share in profits from the use of their likenesses.  Debate is growing over whether college athletes should unionize as employees.  What is a level playing field for college sports?

Moderated by Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics encourage faculty, staff, and students from every part of our USC community to talk about the ethical questions of the day.

ZYGO Series—HOBBY LOBBY: The Ethics of Healthcare between Corporation, Church and State

Friday, October 3, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided

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Co-sponsored by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

In September 2012, Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, filed a lawsuit against the United States over a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which mandated that health insurance provided by employers must include access to emergency contraceptives. Hobby Lobby stated that this provision violated their religious beliefs, and argued that they were protected by the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Supreme Court eventually ruled in their favor. This panel will seek to discuss the various ethical issues associated with the intersection of religion and health care, and the implications of this ruling. Is it ethical for a corporation to determine the exact services included in government- mandated health insurance for religious reasons? Furthermore, did this PPACA provision prevent Hobby Lobby from freely exercising religion, for which the RFRA was initially enacted?

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Confirmed Panelists:
Varun Soni, Dean, USC Office of Religious Life
Hilary Schor, University Professor, English, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Law

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining

Paris Summer Program

The School of International Relations would like to announce a new summer internship program in Paris (IR 491).

The Paris Program aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union. The course will be taken at the American University of Paris and will focus on weekly topics such as: Comparative Public Policy, Citizenship & Immigration, Going Green European Style, and Doing Business in Europe.

Students will also be assigned an IR-related internship with organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, Paris Chamber of Commerce and other NGOs or business/trade groups.

For more information on the program, please contact the program coordinator, Annie Lam (annielam@usc.edu).

IRUA Conferences Panel

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Every year, the USC School of International Relations funds several students to attend the prestigious international relations conferences at the U.S. Military Academies in West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs, as well as several other non-military conferences. Application is on a competitive basis.

Join several of this year’s recent conference representatives in VKC 300A on Tuesday, February 25, from 4-5PM, for an engaging and informative roundtable discussion on these opportunities hosted by IRUA. Hear from your peers what the conferences were like, why they went, and if this opportunity is right for YOU!

E-mail usc.irua@gmail.com with any questions!

For more updates, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IRUA.USC

Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Spring 2014 Application

POSC Juniors & Seniors:

Applications are now available for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. To be eligible, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1) Be at least a Junior majoring in POSC or IR

2) Have completed a minimum of three (3) upper division POSC/IR courses

3) Have at least a 3.5 overall GPA

4) Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in all POSC/IR courses

If you meet the above requirements, you may fill out the attached application (also available in VKC 214, 301, and 327). Applications are due no later than Monday, FEBRUARY 10, 2014, by 5 pm in VKC 327.

IR class Spring 2014

IR 311 is designed for students interested in independent research to prepare them for honors and graduate fellowships (Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, etc.). 

In IR 311, students will learn in a structured fashion how to design a research question, how to select their cases, how to develop hypotheses, how to situate their question in terms of the larger literature, and then how to embark on their independent research in the field, through interviews, surveys or in the archives for historical material. 

In IR 311, students will write a research proposal (similar to that required for Fulbright), a literature review that places their research question in context of the current research (to be included in their spring application for honors), and a research design that combines the research proposal with the literature review and plans the data collection and hypothesis testing. 

There are no exams. IR 311 is offered this semester on Tuesdays from 2-4:50pm, though waivers for course conflicts will be considered with appropriate alternative one-on-one time  added at another time.

Summer Course- SPAN 469: Immigration in Spain

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