Civil Rights as Human Rights – A USC Levan Institute-Oxford Workshop

CIVIL RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS
A USC LEVAN INSTITUTE-OXFORD WORKSHOP
JULY 5-12, 2015 | LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

In partnership with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, this workshop gives participating students the opportunity to think through the relationship between civil rights, usually considered primary for local politics and social organization, and human rights, typically understood in international frameworks. In particular, and as a means of concretely developing this relationship, we will focus our study on civil rights in the United States with regard to race, racism, and structural oppression.

Students will participate in a number of seminar sessions with leading civil rights, human rights, and legal scholars in addition to visiting a number of historical monuments dedicated to the struggle for civil rights in the Southern United States. Participating students will further have the opportunity to meet with and discuss local organizing with community stakeholders in the greater Little Rock area in an effort to enable the application of insights learned in the seminar context to community building projects. Site visits include Little Rock Central High School, the home of Daisy Bates, and the US National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Curriculum Overview:
Human Rights v. Civil Rights; US Jurisprudence and the Civil Rights – Human Rights Distinction; Legal Issues in the US Civil Rights Struggle; Role of the Church in US Civil Rights; Activism and Contemporary Struggles; Structural Racism; and Cultivating Reconciliation and Community Conversations.

Visit www.dornsife.usc.edu/levan for application information. Application Deadline: March 23, 2015

UNEQUAL JUSTICE: When Police Kill

UNEQUAL JUSTICE: When Police Kill
A Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics
March 11, 2015 | Noon | Ground Zero Cafe (TRO) | Lunch Provided
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1KOrO0F

Recent police killings of unarmed black males in Ferguson, New York City and Cleveland have reignited the debate over racial profiling and police treatment of minorities, prompting calls for use of body cameras on police, demilitarization of police forces and expanded community policing. How should we weigh police protection, public safety and civil liberties?

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

Panelists:
Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, USC Dornsife
Martin Levine, USC Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost
Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
Rob Saltzman, Professor of Lawyering Skills, USC Gould School of Law

­­­­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.

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

ElevatED: STEM Pre-Teaching Society

ElevatED> 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% for math
> The U.S. is ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math on international exams
> Females and minorities are under-represented in STEM fields

To turn this situation around, the U.S. needs to ensure that we have a high-impact teacher in every classroom. That is why we are forming a national STEM Pre-Teaching Society and seeking USC students who want to found their campus’ chapter.

To learn more about founding the pre-teaching society, RSVP for our info session on March 4 (6-7pm) and/or read this overview document which covers:

* Why a STEM pre-teaching society
* The mission and purpose of the group
* The resources & support provided to chapter founders

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can use this form or email founding president Manny Soriano directly (mssorian@usc.edu)

As a founder of the ElevatED Pre-Teaching Society at USC, you will not only leave a legacy on campus, but also encourage the next generation of math/science teachers. We will organize seminars and internships in teaching. We plan to host a STEM enrichment after-school program for middle schoolers over spring break and we will organize a STEM enrichment day at Columbia during spring semester.

Just like a pre-law or pre-med society serves as a community of students interested in those professions and supports them to explore the profession, ElevatED enables students to explore the teaching profession to determine how they can be involved in improving STEM education and ending educational inequity.

Students at Stanford, NYU, and Columbia are forming like-minded student groups, and ElevatED is spreading to the top 100 universities.

Questions?
Email Manny Soriano (mssorian@usc.edu)

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

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

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.