Levan Institute Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion that tries to get at the virtue of courage. Why might it be important for us to determine the limits of courage? When is an act courageous? When might the same act instead be cowardly or reckless? Can someone act with courage without understanding what courage is? What is the relationship between the virtue of courage and other virtues like wisdom, justice, and reverence? How might we best be courageous in our daily lives?

The discussion will be guided by students from Thematic Option and Levan Institute Fellows and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics. All who are interested in participating are welcome.

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: THH 201
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Pizza Served

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Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program

USC Dornsife is offering students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study foreign policy as it’s being made, and to intern with their choice of NGO, think tank, or governmental agency – all while earning course credit. Classes will be offered in foreign policy, espionage and intelligence, and international security, with visits from policymakers to explain firsthand how the system works. For the cost of full-time enrollment at USC (scholarships apply!) and local living expenses, you will experience life in the heart of Washington, D.C., getting inside information from practicing policy experts and gaining valuable  work experience in the field of international affairs. Open to anyone interested in working in the policy world. Not limited to International Relations or Political Science majors!
Courses Offered:
IR 304: Espionage Intelligence
IR 305: Managing New Global Challenges (in 4-week modules)
IR 443: Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy
IR 391: Directed Field Study (Internship)
Interested?
Contact  dornsifedc@usc.edu or attend one of our informational meetings:
Sept. 24th at 5:30 PM | Leavey Library Auditorium
Oct. 8th at 5:30 PM | VKC 300a

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 Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and 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:
Hilary Schor, University Professor, English, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Law
Varun Soni, Dean, USC Office of Religious Life
Alida Liberman, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, Levan Graduate Fellow
Drew Schmidt, Undergraduate Student, Philosophy, Politics, and Law, Levan Undergraduate Fellow, USC Dornsife

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

The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

The Department of Political Sciences Presents:
Political Conversations
The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

Join Prof. Bob Shrum at our very first Political Conversations as he sits down with Alex Castellanos, member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television” and co-founder of Purple Strategies, a bi-partisan public affairs firm. Castellanos has been a strategist and advisor for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a host of other Republican leaders.

When: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 2 – 3:00pm
Where: VKC, Room 300A (3rd Floor)
More on Political Conversations: dornsife.usc.edu/politicalscience/political-conversations

Spirit of the Law Series featuring Hon. Bernard J. Kamins, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret)

Spirit of the Law Series featuring Hon. Bernard J. Kamins, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret)

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: Gould School of Law (LAW), Room 2
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM | Lunch Served
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Spirit of the Law features legal professionals discussing how they find meaning, purpose, and identity in the law.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins served 22 years on the bench and served as a public defender prior to being appointed a judge. After graduating from USC Law School in 1968, Kamins became a Deputy Public Defender and served as deputy in charge for the LA Juvenile Hall Court. He then was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by George Deukmejian in 1985 and was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court the following year. Kamins spent all but one year of his judicial career presiding over criminal cases and briefly presided over the widely publicized Rodney King beating case in 1991. From 2000 to 2007, Kamins ran Drug Court for the entire western portion of LA County. Though formally retired, Kamins currently serves as a judge at the Van Nuys Courthouse in the assigned judge program and is working on creating a prostitution diversion program for the local court. Kamins holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University’s law school.

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics

March 10th – Ricardo Ramirez – "Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics"

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