Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.
Simon Balto, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, examines the relationships between race and the police responses as black people migrated to urban centers in the mid-twentieth century. Balto focuses on perceptions of danger and safety, how urban spaces were constructed in racial ways and how the criminal justice system has responded.
Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.
Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, documents police violence and the over-incarceration in a relatively poor African-American community in Philadelphia. Goffman focuses on the Taylor family and how they cope with the criminal justice system
David Jarrard, Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, addresses clinical questions about prostate cancer including why it is more frequent in an aging population, which cancers are dangerous and how to identify them. Jarrard discusses whether prostate cancer can be prevented.
Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.
Sarah Paul, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the question of whether we are guilty of a crime if we have thought about doing something illegal but not followed through. Should the law step in if no harm has been done?
Atul Gawande, Author, Surgeon, Professor, Harvard Medical School, joins Anne Strainchamps,
Executive Producer and Host, Wisconsin Public Radio, in a conversation about death and dying. Gawande addresses the goal of providing a better quality of life for the patient and their family with a focus on maintaining the dignity of the patient up to the end.
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, challenges the diagnosis of “shaken baby syndrome” which has led to convictions in court cases. Tuerkheimer focuses on biomechanical research which indicates that the diagnosis is less certain than had once been accepted and therefore the American justice system needs to make corrections based on this information.
Jeffrey Kahn, Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, and Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center, UW-Madison, join moderator Russ Shafer-Landau, Chair, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, in a discussion of the ethics of using and then euthanizing baby monkeys to study the neurochemical reactions to anxiety and depression.