Politics/Law

Politics/Law

International Governance of Human Genome Editing

Pilar N. Ossorio, Professor at the UW-Madison Law School, discusses the ongoing multinational work to develop guidelines, principles and institutional oversight for altering or editing human genomes. Ossorio explains the challenges of regulating this globally available technology including cultural constraints and the lack of binding international agreements.

Heart & Soul: A Roadmap to a Thriving Community

Gabrielle Ratté Smith, Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at the Orton Family Foundation, shares stories of three communities that have been transformed and are flourishing by intentionally focusing on community involvement.

Healing the Heart of Democracy

Parker Palmer, Author, and Musicians Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters, encourage political discussions that bridge political divides and promote a civic community using music and the spoken word. Palmer and Newcomer focus on thoughtfulness, good humor, and hope.

Panel on Race, Children and Privilege

Community experts participate in a panel discussion to answer questions about race and privilege inequity in their work with young children, how inequity is addressed within their work and what a future of race and privilege equality looks like.

Digital Disconnect: The Internet and Democracy

Robert McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, examines the emergence of the internet and explores the implications of the digital revolution on democratic politics and capitalism.

Population Changes in Wisconsin Since the Recession

David Egan-Robertson, Demographer, Applied Population Laboratory, UW-Madison, explores population migration patterns in Wisconsin since 2009. Egan-Robertson provides an international perspective and uses national data to provide context for the statewide patterns.

Nutrition and Health

Susan Nitzke, Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joins Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class to discuss health and dietary issues that have an impact on society. Nitzke focuses on the crossroads between food, nutrition and social concerns.

Youth Development Is Community Development

Matt Calvert, Specialist, Youth Development, UW-Extension, explores the advantages of encouraging young people to get involved in their towns and villages. Calvert presents a study of the school-aged youth in Florence, WI and how their involvement made a difference in their town.

Ockham's Razors

Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the principle that simpler theories are better than complex theories. Sober focuses on two paradigms to determine if the simplicity of a theory is relevant to determining what the world is like.

Two Arguments for Intelligent Design

Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, discusses the relationship between science and religion focusing on the “organismic design argument” and the “fine-tuning argument” which state that life could not have happened by a mindless process. Sober presents these theories in Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class.

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