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Ethics in the Trump Era a discussion with Peter Wehner

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In recognition and appreciation for the tremendous role that women play in the protection of our shared global resources and the facinating researchers that highlight these women, the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program is hosted a Fall 2015 Brown Bag Series titled:

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Sponsored by the Project on American Democracy, Heather MacDonald- Manhattan Institute Scholar, journalist, political commentator,and frequent guest on TV and radio programs such as CNN & Fox News, came to Missoula, MT to discuss concerns regarding freedom of speech on campuses across America. 

Heather Mac Donald to speak on The Decline of Free Speech On America's University Campuses Tuesday September 15, 2015 7:00 - 8:30 pm Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall


Three Talks on Philosophy: The State of the Art & the State of the Union, Do Philosophers as Philosophers Have Social Obligations?



Conference: "The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: The Imperative of Wilderness at 50 Years"


Lecture Series:"Our Unraveling Democracy



Philosophy Forum: "The Last Walk: Ethical Issues in End of Life Care for Companion Animals"

Dr. Jessica Pierce, Bioethicist; and Casie Dunleavy, MA candidate in Philosophy, UM

Monday, April 22, 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

The Pope Room, School of Law

UM's Philosophy Forum

Lecture: "Final Gifts: Caring for Our Animal Companions at the End of Life"

Dr. Jessica Pierce, Bioethicist

Monday, April 22, 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Gallagher Business Building, UM


Philosophy Forum: "Restoration and History in a Changing World: A Case Study in Ethics for the Anthropocene"

Dr. Marion Hourdequin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College

Monday, February 25, 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

The Pope Room, School of Law

UM's Philosophy Forum

Panel Discussion: "Indigenous People, Future Generations, & Climate Engineering"

Dr. Marion Hourdequin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College; Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, Assistant Philosophy of Philosophy, Michigan State University; and Dr. Christopher Preston (Moderator), Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Montana.

Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm

123 Gallagher Business Building

Brown Bag Lecture: "Justice Forward: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in North America"

Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University

Tuesday, February 26, 12:10 - 1 pm

UC Room 326

A Mansfield Center’s Brown Bag Series Event

 Brown Bag Lecture: "Moral Man and Immoral Society Revisited"

Laure Drake, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, Davidson Honors College

Tuesday, March 13, 12:10 - 1 pm

Mansfield Center Conference Room

A Mansfield Center’s Brown Bag Series Event

2013 Mansfield Conference: The Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility

March 19-21, 2013 

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Full schedule

Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility

Brown Bag Lecture: "Rural Livelihood Strategies and Subsistence Food Production in Belize: Enhancing Small Farmer Food System Resiliency as a mode to Sustainable Risk Management and Participatory Development"

Siobhan Lozada, Project Coordinator, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program

Wednesday, March 27, 12:10 - 1 pm

Mansfield Center Conference Room

A Mansfield Center’s Brown Bag Series Event



"What Makes Food Good? Three Problems in Food Ethics" 

Dr. Paul B. Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University

Tuesday, February 7, 11:10- 12:15PM

“World Hunger: Resource Sufficiency vs. Functional Integrity”
Dr. Paul B. Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University
Tuesday, February 7, 3:40-5:00PM
“Geoengineering the Climate: Technologies for Rebalancing or Reinforcing Global Inequity?”
Dr. Jason J. Blackstock, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo.
Tuesday, February 14, 12-1:00PM
“Managing our Living Planet? Exploring the Evolving Role of Science in Public Decisions”
Dr. Jason J. Blackstock, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo
Wednesday, February 15, 7:30-9PM



"Who Will Feed the Planet in Crisis?" 

Miguel Altieri, Who Will Feed The Planet In Crisis

3 Day Workshop: Conservation Ethics

3 Day Conservation Workshop


Theory and Skill of Ethics Teaching Summer 2011



A Panel Discussion on UM PHilosophy Professor David Sherman's New Book Camus

Part of the Blackwell Great Minds Series 

November 18th, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, The Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall

"Should We Engineer the Climate?"

Geoengineering Should We Engineer the Climate?

 Monday, October 18th: "The Science of Solar Radiation Management"
7:30 PM-9:00 PM, Gallagher Business Building, Room 123

David Keith
Phil Rasch
Alan Robock

Tuesday, October 19th: "The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management"
7:30 PM-9:00 PM, Gallagher Business Building, Room 123

Nicole Hassoun
Andrew Light
Nancy Tuana

Petra Teschakert

"Environmental Protection and Poverty Eradication: Competing Imperatives?”

Thomas Pogge Lecture- Environmental Protection and Poverty Eradication: Competing Imperatives?

 Thomas Pogge Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University.

October 8th, 2010.


The Summer 2010 Lecture Series:

The Morality of Animal and Human Relationships

Walk on the Wild Side: The Use of Animal Images in Advertising

Deni Elliott, Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy at the University of South Florida

The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals and Why They Matter: Rewilding Our Hearts and Building Corridors of Compassion and Coexistence

 Marc Bekoff- Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals and Why They Matter

Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder & University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

 Marc Bekoff Book- The Animal Manifesto

Our relationships with animals are challenging, complicated, frustrating, paradoxical, and range all over the place. Much research clearly shows that animals are emotional and empathic beings and that they display emotional and moral intelligences. In my talk I'll present numerous examples about the emotional and moral lives lives of animals and why they matter. It is easy to apply what we know about animal behavior to make their lives better. We owe it to all individual animals to make every attempt to come to a greater understanding and appreciation of who they are - emotional, empathic, and often moral beings. By thinking positively and minding animals we can expand our compassion footprint and make the world a better place for all beings. It is important that we rewild our hearts and build corridors of compassion and coexistence that include all beings for bettering their (and as a result, our) lives. 

For more information about Marc Bekoff, please visit his homepage. For more information about Bekoff's work with Jane Goodall visit Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Prof. Bekoff's most recent book, The Animal Manifesto, was available for purchase at the UM Bookstore and during  this event. 

Images courtesy of Marc Bekoff


No Impact Man 

No Impact Man

February 25th 7pm

UC Theater

Cosponsors: Students for Peace and Justice,

UM Climate Change Studies Program,

UM Office of Sustainability

Aid in Dying After the Baxter Decision:  

Ethical Challenges for Montana Legislators

Aid in Dying After the Baxter Decision

March 16th 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Gallagher Business Building RM 123

Rep. Dick Barrett, Montana State Legislator

Rep. Michael More, Montana State Legislator

Dr. Eric Kress, Hospice Physician

Dr. Stephen Speckart, Physician

Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, Executive Director, Disability Rights Montana

Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz, Director of Mission Research, St. Patrick Hospital & Health Science Center Ethics Committee

Click here for more information on this event.

Contested Values: Wolves in Paradise

A film by Bill Campbell

Panel Discussion and Screening

Wolves in Paradise

April 14th 7 pm-9pm UC Theater

Don Burgess, Lifelong Montana Conservationist, Freelance Writer, and Former Hunting Editor of Bugle Magazine

David Mannix, Family Rancher

Christopher Preston, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UM & Fellow at the Center for Ethics

Lance Schelvan, Photographer, Hunter, and Founding Editor of Bugle Magazine

Seth Wilson, Conservation Biologist and Blackfoot Challenge Wildlife Coordinator

Click here for more information in this event.



Should we Engineer the Climate?

David Keith, Director ISEEE Energy and Environmental  Systems Group, University of Calgary

Thursday, November 5th, 7 pm, GBB 123

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Aid in Dying: A panel discussion on the ethical implications of Baxter v. Montana

Mark Hanson, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Profession at The College of Technology & Lecturer in Liberal Studies, UM

Scott Crichton, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Con Kelly, Ph.D., JD, Ethicist & Program Consultant for Centura Health

Monday, November 9th, 7 pm, GGB 123

For more information, please click here

The Moral Hazards of Geoengineering

Christopher Preston, Fellow, Center for Ethics & Associate Professor of Philosophy, UM

Dane Scott, Director, Center for Ethics & Associate Professor, Department of Society and Conservation, UM

Wednesday, December 2nd, 12:10-1 pm, UC 330


June 14-June 18 in Missoula/ May 17-June 12 (online)

TASET with Deni Elliott

Deni Elliott

June 8-13 in Missoula/ May 18-Jun 7 (online)

Environmental Ethics Institute 2009: Fire, Restoration, and Wilderness in an Age of Climate Change


Discussion of Christopher Preston's resent book-Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston

Center for Ethics Director, Dane Scott, participated in:

Reason & Respect

A Conference on Civil Discourse

Bitterroot River Inn Conference Room

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Humanities Montana

Monday April 20, 12:10pm

Bradley Clough, Liberal Studies (Asian Religions) "Hinduism's 'Eternal Virtues' and Contemporary Problems"

Monday April 13, 12:10pm

Justin Whitaker, The Center for Ethics and the University of London: "Buddhist Meditation as a Moral Activity"

Monday March 23, 12:10pm

Kathryn Shanley, Native American Studies: "Indigenous 'Mapping' of North American Indian Rights in the 21st Century."

Mark Hall

Mark Hall, Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest

School of Law

"The Ethics and Practice of Consumer-Driven Health Care"

Monday, March 23, 7 pm

Room 169 - Skaggs Building, in the new addition (map)

Sponsored by the Center for Ethics with partners:

College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences & The Institute of Medicine and Humanities

Following the backlash against HMOs and other forms of managed care insurance, health care public policy has embraced the idea of "consumer-driven" health care, in the form of insurance with high deductibles and other forms of increased cost-sharing by patients. This shift in focus on the patient as the primary decision making in medical resource allocation raises a host of new, or old-but-newly-relevant, ethics and policy issues, including: What professional obligations do physicians have to help patients conserve their own money? What should doctors and hospitals do when patients don't pay their medical bills? Who is at fault if a patient opts for less effective treatment to save money and then things don't go well?

Monday March 9, 12:10pm

Matthew Strohl, UM Philosophy Department: "Pleasure: Lessons from Aristotle"



Monday November 17, 12:10pm

Laure Drake

Laure Pengelly Drake, Davidson Honors College

"Bodies on the Wheel": The Role of Religion in the Early New Left

University Center Alumni Board Room, (3rd floor, south end)

November 3, 12:10pm

Dane Scott

Dane Scott,The Center for Ethics

"IT'S JUST BUSINESS: Cynicism, Culture and Character"

University Center Room 331 (3rd floor, south end)

Monday October 20, 12:10pm

Sharon Barrett

Sharon Barrett,The School of Journalism

"Ask Me No Questions" - A look at how and why political candidates lie, and what the news media do or don't do about it.

University Center Alumni Board Room

Monday October 6, noon

David Webster

David Webster, The University of Gloucestershire, England

"Ethics Beyond the Classroom"

University Center Room 331

With UM Religious Studies Professor Bradley Clough and others on:

"What does Buddhist Studies teach us about the nature of religion?"

Tuesday, October 7 - 2:15-3:15 pm

Liberal Arts room 146 (the seminar room in the hallway with the offices, east side of the building)

At the UM Philosophy Forum: “Kusala: Ethics as ‘craft’ from a Buddhist Perspective.”

Tuesday, October 7 - 3:40-5:00pm in the Pope Room of the Law School at UM


August 8, Friday

Yves Idzerda

Yves Idzerda: A Primer on the Promise and Pitfalls of Nanotechnology


Wiley Award for Research (2003)

Dean of Letters and Science Award for Meritorious Research (2004)

Montana State University

Visit Yves Idzerda's Website

August 7, Thursday

Daniel Fagre: Communicating Climate Science

Daniel Fagre


Research Ecologist, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Visit Daniel Fagre's Website

August 5, Tuesday

Dick Barrett: Efficiency vs. Equity: Economic Considerations in the Science Debates

Dick Barrett


Trade, Development, Environmental Economics, and Macroeconomics

Professor Emiritus

The University of Montana

Visit Dick Barret's Website

July 31-August 7 evening talks

A talk by acclaimed environmental thinker Karen Warren: "Gender, Class, and Environmental Health – for Humans, Earth Others and the Land, an Ecofeminist Perspective", GBB 123

Roundtable: Climate & the Presidential Candidates, featuring Dick Barrett, Andrew Light, Juliet Eilperin, Mark Phillips and Jim DiPeso; GBB 123

Award-winning journalist and author Dick Manning discusses , "Bio-tech Directs us to the Wild Side: How genetic information and bio-tech's tools can re-write 10,000 years of failed human history"; The PEAS Farm


Two Talks on Morality and War

Political Agency in the Postmodern Age

This event was held: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:00pm Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall



July 30 - August 9

2007 Environmental Ethics Institute Events:

As in 2006, we organized a series of stimulating evening lectures featuring the professors from our courses along with local and regional experts in fields relating to Environmental Ethics. These lectures were free and open to the public and drew an engaging and thoughtful audience of community members, The University of Montana students, and students who traveled from across the country to attend our Environmental Ethics Institute courses.


Wednesday, April 11

Eloise Corbell

Elouise Cobell, Executive Director of the Native American Community Development Corporation

The Ethics of "Cobell v. Kempthorne"

Eloise Cobell is a Blackfeet Indian from Browning, Montana. She is the Executive Director of the Native American Community Development Corporation and the lead plaintiff in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the United States Government Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her work has earned her numerous other honors over the years as well, including the 2005 Cultural Freedom Fellowship, an AARP 2007 Impact Award, and more. Her story, and that of the lawsuit, have been featured in national publications such as Mother Jones and Parade. Further bibliographical information can be found here (.pdf).

Co-sponsored by the Davidson Honors College.

from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in The Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall

Wednesday, March 21

Jeffrey Greene, UM Political Science Professor

Jeffrey Greene

“Public Affairs and Ethics”

Dr. Greene has worked extensively on the effects of privitization on states and municipalities. He is originally from North Carolina and has been in Montana for over a decade now teaching at The University of Montana and working regularly with the issues of the Montana State Budget.

from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in, Gallagher Business Building Room 119.

Wednesday, March 7

Ann Mary Dussault, Missoula County CAO

“Ethics and Government”

from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in, Gallagher Business Building Room 119.


Thursday, February 22

"Real American Ethics" with UM Regents Professor of Philosophy Albert Borgmann

Albert Borgmann

Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall - The University of Montana, 7:00 pm

Albert Borgmann and guests discussed his philosophy and new book. Real American Ethics focuses on the role each of us has in creating and taking responsibility for American values.

Albert Borgmann- Real American Ethics Book


Bridget Clarke, Philosophy Professor, UM

Dan Spencer, Environmental Studies Professor, UM

Jason Wiener, Missoula Freelance writer with an MA in Philosophy from UM

Co-sponsored by the UM Department of Philosophy

John Engen

John Engen, Mayor of Missoula

“Service and Leadership”

Mayor John Engen became Missoula's fiftieth mayor on January 3, 2006. He is a native Missioulian and holds a bachelors degree in Journalism from UM. He has made his living in Missoula writing and editing for the Missoulian newspaper as well as working in retail and advertising. He has a long career of community involvement, volunteer activities and leadership. Click here for further biographical information.

from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 119.

Thursday, February 15

Defending Mohammad- Rob Precht Book

We cosponsored “Defending Mohammad: Reflections on the 1st World Trade Center Bombing Trial." with Rob Precht

4:30pm, Rm 202 in the Law School. (click here for a review of his book)

Thursday, February 8

George Dennison

Ethics Code Panel (Evening event)

North Ballroom, University Center, 7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by ASUM

Andrea HellingJoin UM President George Dennison, ASUM Student Body President Andrea Helling and members of the UM faculty to discuss the proposed campus-wide ethics code.

Monday, February 7

Paul Lauren

"Speaking Truth to Power"

12:10-1pm Gallagher Business Building room L09.

Paul Lauren is first Regents Professor ever named by The University of Montana. He is an internationally-recognized authority on diplomacy, international relations, and human rights. Professor Lauren has written many books on these subjects, been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and delivered invited addresses around the world and before the United Nations. He also served as the founding director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana and as the Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs.



October 2, 2006: Dr. Paul Miller

Paul Miller

Poverty, Religion and Public Policy:

Faith-Based Initiatives and the Quest for Social Justice

Paul Miller is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at The University of Montana. His teaching and research have focused on the areas of poverty, public policy, and community. Since the passage of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, he has completed several studies of the faith-based initiatives in Montana.

12:10-1pm in Gallagher Business Building room L09.

Three Perspectives on Sustainability in Western Montana:

Monday, October 16: Lou Ann Crowley

Lou Ann Crowley

Sustainable Connections

12:10-1pm in Gallagher Business Building room L09.

Lou Ann has been a Missoula City Council member for the last ten years. She has helped establish Hospice of Missoula and has worked as Administrator of the Organic Farm Certification Association of Montana. Through her work with the City Council she has become involved with Garden City Harvest, Missoula's Farmers Market, Community Food and Agriculture Coalition and a host of other community organizations.

Monday, Novermber 6: Stuart Goldberg

Stuart Goldberg

Conservation Development and the Ethics of Growth

12:10-1pm in Gallagher Business Building room L09.

Stuart has been a leader in creating models of how developers can make money while improving the land and the communities where they are working. He has a deep reverence for Montana's rivers and mountains and his work has always focused on discovering and protecting the essential qualities of the land.

Monday, November 20: Tracy Stone-Manning

Tracy Stone Manning

Conservation that Builds Community

12:10-1pm in Gallagher Business Building room GBB 119

Tracy holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has served as a board member of the Clark Fork Coalition and now leads it as the executive director. She is the founding editor of and has launched a community program in Astoria, OR, for Ecotrust, an organization that is searching for ways to blend conservation and economic development.


May 1: Mehrdad Kia

Director, International Programs,

The University of Montana

Covering Islam: Why Are We so Ignorant

About the Islamic World?

April 17: Lisa Swallow

Program Director, Accounting

UM College of Technology

Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: Sustainability Driven Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

April 3: Norman Lavery

President, Common Quest Mediation

Founding Member, Community Circles

Ethics of Community Justice Initiatives


March 20: Richard Barrett

Professor, Economics

The University of Montana

A Responsible State Energy Policy

March 6: Minkie Medora

Food Policy Council

Montana Food Bank Network

Who is Hungry in Montana and Why

February 6: Paul Williamson

Special Assistant to the Provost,

Hydrogen Project & COT New Campus Project,

The University of Montana

The Energy Paradigm: An Ethical Conundrum

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Elouise Cobell

Elouise Cobell’s 2007 Center for Ethics lecture: The Ethics of "Cobell v. Kempthorne"