Event Calendar

Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford) @ Department of Economics - Wyman W603
Mar 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Biology Seminar Series Presents: “Using genetics to study retrovirus infection,” Susan Ross
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Using genetics to study retrovirus infection”

Susan Ross
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago
Host: Karen Beemon

Department of Biology Seminar Series @ Mudd Hall 100
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Schouler Lecture Series, George Chauncey, Yale University @ Gilman 308
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The James S. Schouler Lecture Series with George Chauncey, Samuel Knight Professor of History, Yale University

“Rethinking the Postwar American Urban Crisis: Race, Sexuality, and Anti-Gay Politics”

Monday, March 27th: “The Great Puerto Rican Migration and the Queering of Postwar New York City,” 4:30pm, Gilman 50, reception to follow in the Gilman Atrium

Tuesday, March 28th: “Racial Crisis, Press Power, and the Assault on the Postwar Gay World,” 4:00pm, Gilman 308

Thursday, March 30th: “Death and Vice in a Great American City: Anti-Gay Politics and Urban Degeneration,” 4:00pm, Gilman 308

[Co-sponsored by WGS and English]

Colloquium – Karen Stohr @ Gilman Hall
Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Colloquium with Karen Stohr (Georgetown University)

Title: Saturday Night Live and Fiendish Joy: Kantian Qualms about Mockery


It is entertaining to mock people we don’t like, and to watch them be mocked. It is much less entertaining to be the target of someone else’s mockery. This talk is an exploration of the moral boundaries of mockery, employing Kant’s discussion of duties of respect in the Doctrine of Virtue as a framework. Although Kant suggests that all forms of mockery are morally troubling, I argue that mockery of public figures can be morally legitimate so long as the mockery abides by certain constraints. I use recent skits from Saturday Night Live to illustrate the difference between permissible and impermissible mockery. I then qualify my conclusion by arguing that even permissible mockery presents moral dangers, dangers that are somewhat obscured by the fact we find mockery entertaining. As Kant recognizes, the pleasure we take in mockery can, if we aren’t careful, encourage morally destructive attitudes that undermine our broader moral commitments. Mockery is thus never to be taken lightly, even when it is serving morally legitimate ends.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Donald Li @ Krieger 134A
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Functional Orthographic Units in Chinese Character Reading: Are There Abstract Radical Identities?”

Donald Li is a 2nd year PhD student who works with Drs. Rapp & Park. He will present and discuss his work on the above topic.

Department members only are invited to attend these Brown Bag Lunches. Attendees should bring lunch as refreshments are not provided.

Frontiers of Cognitive Science Conference 2017 @ Great Room, Levering Hall
Apr 1 @ 3:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Omega Psi, the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Society, is holding a conference with Duke and Yale. The conference will be in the Great Hall in Levering Hall, and will begin with a short poster session period at 3:45 pm. This will be followed by guest researchers’ presentations, a panel discussion, and a networking social with researchers and dinner provided.

If you are interested in being a part of the poster session, please fill out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/8S2zawTNQNq9BNiR2 AND submit your abstract by Friday, March 17th to jhu.omegapsi@gmail.com. We are welcoming research from all areas of the brain sciences. Group research projects are also welcome, but there is a limit of 2 presenters per poster during the poster session. We will print your poster for you free of charge if it is also submitted by March 17th.

All undergraduates are also invited to attend the conference. To do so, please register at https://goo.gl/forms/8S2zawTNQNq9BNiR2 because there is limited space. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at jhu.omegapsi@gmail.com.

Debraj Ray
Apr 3 – Apr 7 all-day