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Applied Ethics Forum

The Applied Ethics Forum (née ‘Center for Applied Ethics’) is housed in the Department of Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach. The Forum is organized to foster interdisciplinary work in practical and applied ethics among faculty and students and all other members of the CSULB community, to promote awareness of ethical issues in practical settings, and to create an expanded array of educational offerings in applied ethics at CSULB. The Forum, which is funded by a generous grant from the Andre Family Foundation, sponsors speakers, conferences, and projects on various topics in applied ethics. Many of our events are co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. The current director of the Applied Ethics Forum is Dr. Jason Raibley. Please contact him for more information.


Current Events


To be announced


Previous Events


No events scheduled


Megs Gendreau (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘Relocation, Climate Migration, and Justification’ 3:30pm • 26 Feb 2015 • PH2-115

Meghan Masto (Lafayette College) ‘Empathy, Autism, Psychopathy, and Right Action’ 3:30pm • 5 Mar 2015 • PH2-115

Dale Dorsey (University of Kansas) ‘A Good Death’ 3:30pm • 9 Apr 2015 • VEC-113


John Corvino (Wayne State University) ‘The Definition of Marriage’ 3:30pm • 6 Feb 2014 • Anatol Center

Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin Madison) ‘The Morality of the Death Penalty’ 3:30pm • 6 Mar 2014 • LA5-165

Alida Liberman ((doctoral candidate) University of Southern California) ‘A Promise-Acceptance Model of Organ Donation’ 3:30pm • 8 Apr 2014 • LA5-154


No events scheduled


Harriet E. Baber (University of San Diego) ‘Freedom that Matters’ 3:30pm • 11 Apr 2012 • LA2-109

Maria Svedberg ((doctoral candidate) Stockholm University & UC Riverside) ‘Free Will and Determinism: David Lewis’s Local Miracle Compatibilism’ 5:00pm • 26 Apr 2012 • LA1-301

David M. Adams (California Polytechnic University, Pomona) ‘Fairness, Experimental Research, and the Desperately Ill’ 5:00pm • 10 May 2012 • LA1-301


Steven Luper (Trinity University, San Antonio) ‘Retroactive Harm’ tbd • 17 Feb 2011 • tbd

Mohammed Abed (Cal State Los Angeles) ‘What is Genocide?’ tbd • 24 Feb 2011 • tbd

Julie Tannenbaum (Pomona College) ‘The Promise and Peril of the Pharmacological Enhancer Modafinil’ tbd • 14 Apr 2011 • tbd


Michael Cholbi (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘A Direct Kantian Duty to Animals’ tbd • 13 Apr 2010 • tbd

Noell Birondo (Claremont McKenna College) ‘Environmental Ethics and the End of Nature’ tbd • 22 Apr 2010 • tbd

Jens Johansson (Uppsala University) ‘The Philosophy of Death’ tbd • 13 May 2010 • tbd


Conference: ‘Ethical and Social Scientific Perspectives on Well-being’ Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma & George Mason University) Daniel Haybron (St. Louis University) Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota) Randy Larsen (Washington University in St. Louis) J. D. Trout (Loyola University Chicago) Erik Angner (University of Alabama Birmingham) Georg Northoff (University of Magdeburg) Golnaz Tabibnia (Carnegie Mellon) MIchael Bishop (Florida State University) Irving Biederman (University of Southern California) tbd • 5-7 Mar 2009 • tbd


Chris Heathwood (University of Colorado Boulder) ‘Personal Identity and Abortion’ tbd • 21 Feb 2008 • tbd

Martin Gunderson (Macalester College) ‘Enhancing Human Rights: How the Use of Human Rights Treaties to Prohibit Genetic Engineering Weakens Human Rights’ tbd • 13 Mar 2008 • tbd

Laurie Shrage (Cal Poly Pomona) “Pro-Choice or No-Choice’ … and Other Alternatives’ tbd • 8 Nov 2007 • tbd

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) ‘The Ethics of Price Gouging’, with comments by Kathleen Lacey (Cal State Long Beach (Business)) tbd • 14 Nov 2007 • tbd


Edward Stein (Yeshiva Cardozo School of Law) ‘Etiology, Mutability, and the Law: A Critique of Biological and Psychological Arguments Concerning Lesbian and Gay Rights’ tbd • 10 May 2007 • tbd

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) ‘Good Folk Gone Bad: The Moral Psychology of Unethical Behavior at Work’ tbd • 2 Nov 2006 • tbd


Clare Palmer (Washington University in St. Louis) ‘Animals, Environmental Ethics, and the Importance of Context’ tbd • 4 May 2006 • tbd

Dale Jamieson (New York University) ‘The Heart of Environmentalism’ tbd • 4 Apr 2006 • tbd

Conference: ‘Environmental Ethics, Aesthetics, and Education’ Jen Everett (Carleton College) Phil Cafaro (Colorado State University) Ted Toadvine (University of Oregon) Brian Treanor (Loyola Marymount University) tbd • tbd • tbd


J. Angelo Corlett (San Diego State University) ‘Was 9/11 Morally Justified?’ tbd • 10 Mar 2005 • tbd

Amy Coplan (Cal State Fullerton) ‘Caring About Characters: Four Determinants of Emotional Engagement (Or, Why I Care More About President Bartlett than President Bush)’ tbd • 20 Apr 2005 • tbd


Conference: ‘Race, Social Justice, and the Professions’ Naomi Zack (University of Oregon) Jorge L. A. Garcia (Boston College) Howard McGary (Rutgers University) David Kim (University of San Francisco) tbd • 19 Feb 2004 • tbd


Conference: ‘The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning’ Carol Itatani (Cal State Long Beach (Biology)) Mary Mahowald (University of Chicago) Radhika Rao (Hastings College of Law) Bonnie Steinbock (SUNY Albany) tbd • 5 Apr 2003 • tbd


Conference: ‘Challenging Democracy: Religious Diversity and Political Institutions on a Global Scale’ M. A. Muqtedar Khan (Adrian College (Political Science)) Matthius Lutz-Bachmann (Goethe Universitat), Andrew Wallace (Sonoma State University) tbd • 8 Mar 2002 • tbd


Conference: ‘Sequencing the Future: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Arising from the Human Genome Project’ Troy Duster (University of California Berkeley) Erik Parens (Hastings Center) Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University) tbd • 21 Apr 2001 • tbd

Conference: ‘Philosophy and Ethics in Children’s Literature’ Gareth Matthews (University of Massachusetts Amherst) Claudia Mills (University of Colorado Boulder) David Shapiro (University of Washington) Dale Turner (Cal Poly Pomona) tbd • 21 Jun 2001 • tbd

Michael Pritchard (Western Michigan University) ‘Perception and Imagination in Engineering Ethics’ tbd • 26 Nov 2001 • tbd

Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands) ‘Rational Beings and Moral Agency in Xunzi’ tbd • 16 Jun 2001 • tbd

Ann Davis (Pomona College) ‘Running Faster but Moving Slower: Information, Technology, and the Ambiguity of Progress’ tbd • 12 Apr 2000 • tbd