Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dr. Christine Pappas of ECU's Political Science department will be taking a van of students to Norman on Thursday to hear Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak. Click here to learn more about the speaker and why some of us think some of you might be interested in going. Contact Dr. Pappas if you'd like to tag along (thank you Dr. Murphy for the heads up).
Posted by Steve Benton at 11:11 AM
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Click here to learn more about what Kahneman has to say about the relationship between thought, emotion, human nature, bias, behavior, and the importance of working with people you disagree with.
Posted by Steve Benton at 8:15 PM
|Evil or Antidote to Evil?|
Rosenbaum seems to think that the neuroscientists' view of evil is overly deterministic. If evil (or lack of empathy) is a matter of neurons, he suggests, then human actors have no "moral agency." Click here to read Rosenbaum's article and let us know what you think.
Posted by Steve Benton at 7:40 PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Dr. McMahon writes:
"Many of you already know our new Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Jason Murray. He is a graduate of ECU.
|Crazy Horse Memorial (model in foreground) in South Dakota|
"What you may not know is that Dr. Murray was recently recognized as 2011 Crazy Horse Educator of the Year for his work teaching at the Indian University of North America.
"We are so pleased to count Dr. Murray as a member of the East Central University faculty. Our students are fortunate to have such a talented and caring teacher. And we, his colleagues in the Department of English and Languages, are terrifically proud of his achievement.
"Please join us in offering Dr. Murray your congratulations."
Thanks, Dr. McMahon. We do!
Thanks, Dr. McMahon. We do!
Posted by Steve Benton at 4:29 PM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
On Thursday, October 6th, Dr. Jason Murray, the most recent addition to the department of English and Languages full-time faculty rolls, participated as a panelist in a Native Humanities Forum titled "Carry the Fire," an inaugural event at the new Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities building.
According to the Chickasaw Nation website, the forum provided "an opportunity for public dialogue between Native and non-Native sectors on Native humanities for the development and welfare of local communities, regions and the State of Oklahoma." Dr. Thomas Cowger, the Chickasaw Nation endowed chair of the Department of History and Native Studies at ECU, led a question-and-answer panel discussion of the basic tenets of the humanities, historic contributions of Native and non-Native humanities, important current initiatives, and cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. In addition to Dr. Murray, other panelists included: Dr. Alvin O. Turner, emeritus dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at ECU; Linda Hogan, a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and environmentalist as well as Chickasaw Nation writer-in-residence; and Rachel C. Jackson, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma instructor for Kiowa Clemente Course in the Humanities and a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The program was funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
"Jason did an awesome job," reported departmental colleague Dr. Robin Murphy. "Our department should be very proud; he was articulate, relevant and extended the conversation in ways the other panelists did not."
Posted by Steve Benton at 11:00 AM