Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

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This seminar, made up of theoreticians, researchers, and educators, examines the themes of ethics, moral education, and society in a genuinely interdisciplinary fashion, covering such topics as moral motivation, moral development, moral education, and moral theory. Membership is drawn from the fields of psychology, philosophy, sociology, education, political theory, and religion. The seminar provides a meeting ground for communication and support unique to the New York metropolitan region.

Dr. Michael Schulman

Rebecca Martin
Columbia University, Psychology



10/21/2013 Faculty House, 117th Street and Morningside Heights
7:00 PM
Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Filmaker as Moral Educator
Annette Insdorf, Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, Professor in Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts
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Notes: Copies of "Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski" will be available for signing and purchase.
11/11/2013 525 West 120th St., bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
7:00 PM
Cosmopolitanism: What Does It Mean to be a Citizen of the World?
David Hansen,

12/09/2013 Faculty House, 117th Street and Morningside Heights
7:00 PM
Dinesh Sharma,

Uwe P. Gielen,

Notes: Following on our dicussion of COSMOPOLITANISM last month with Prof. David Hansen, we appropriately will consider the significance of the first U.S. present who comes from a multinational, multiracial, multicultural, and multi-religious family with roots in North America, Africa, Asia and several Pacific islands.

Barack Obama is his country’s first global president and the first to endorse a truly multicultural identity both for himself and his country. Moreover, Obama’s childhood also prepared him for a deeper understanding of global problems and developments, and especially those that are influenced by ongoing economic, political, military, and cultural developments in Pacific Rim countries. Our social psychological presentation, which has been inspired in part by our book, The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century, focuses on Obama’s attempts to provide global leadership.
We assess Obama’s efforts in light of the social psychological literature on leadership and review how the American president is perceived and judged by the public around the world. While Obama remains more popular in many parts of the world than at home, there is a common perception that his pursuit of progressive goals is undermined by his realpolitik which tends to sacrifice these goals at the altar of perceived US-American security, political, and economic interests.
A special focus of our presentation is Obama’s “Asian Pivot” within the context of American Exceptionalism, including his attempts to shape the relationship between the United States and China in the face of China’s increasing economic and military power. We conclude by raising some moral questions especially in regards to drone warfare.
01/27/2014 Faculty House, 117th Street and Morningside Heights
7:00 PM
The Power of Conversation
Ronald Gross, Co-chair, University Seminar on Innovation in Education; Founder, Conversations New York

03/03/2014 Faculty House
7:00 PM
Valuing Contingency: Educating Towards A Sense of Possibility
Maxine McClintock, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
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04/07/2014 Faculty House
7:00 PM
The Struggle for Fundamental Change in American Social, Economic, and Political Life: What's Worked, What Hasn't, and Where to Now?
William Caspary, Prof. of Political Science, New York University, Author of Dewey on Democracy

05/05/2014 Gottesman Library, Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., Seminar Room 305, Russell Hall
7:00 PM
“I Was a Child Abuser!”: How Media Mis-representations Promote Misguided and Ineffective Approaches to Child Protection
Emily Horowitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, St. Francis College