Changes, Choices, Challenges
The aim of the Presidential Colloquium, which is moving into its tenth year, is to provide opportunities for Clemson University students and faculty, as well as members of the community to come together to explore important issues. The colloquium comprises various events spread over the academic year, e.g., speakers, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and films. In every case the event is linked to the colloquium theme, which is selected with an eye to its integration “across the curriculum."
The basic idea comes from The Speed of Dark (the freshman summer reading book), where, because of a change in leadership where they work, the main character and his colleagues face a difficult choice. The choice involves risks, as the treatment option they are presented with would change their personalities and ways of thinking in ways that could be positive or negative. They could choose not to accept the treatment, but in that case too, their situation would change and present them with major challenges.
Changes, choices and challenges seem to cluster together forcing consideration of risks, of cost and benefit, of potential harms and gains for individuals as well as the organizations and communities they belong to. Moreover, they prompt us to wonder about who we are, what we will be, and what endures as we change and deal with the challenges our choices create.
The events of the colloquium will explore this theme in a number of topic areas:
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Science and Technology in Society
October 28, 2009
Grammy-nominated storyteller to weave tales at Clemson
Internationally renowned storyteller Diane Ferlatte will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Clemson University’s Self Auditorium of the Strom Thurmond Institute.
Ferlatte is known for her tales focusing on the history, struggles and triumphs of African Americans. Her repertoire also includes stories about the South and personal stories, as well as tales she has collected from her travels across the globe.
She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.; the Tales of Graz, in Graz, Austria; the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal; and at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
For details, call (864) 656-7729.
Clemson Campus Ministries
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
Director of Education, National Catholic Bioethics Center
Dr. Stephen Napier
Staff Ethicist, National Catholic Bioethics Center
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
Science, Medicine and Ethics:
Assisted Reproductive Technologies and “Octomom”
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. is Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center and author of Making Sense Out of Bioethics. Rev. Pacholczyk has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University and is a molecular biologist and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has appeared on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, EWTN, and National Public Radio.
Dr. Stephen Napier is a staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center and author of Virtue Epistemology: Motivation and Knowledge. Dr. Napier has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University and currently serves on a University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board. He has also contributed to the journals Sophia, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and Ethics and Medics.
CU Students for Life
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From the beginning, the theme of the colloquium has been a central focus in English Composition classes. However, the link to course work is not confined to English classes. Faculty across campus are encouraged to make the most of it in preparing syllabi for the upcoming academic year. In 2001, for example, the theme was “Science and Values: New Frontiers, Perennial Questions.” The subject of human cloning, which was addressed by one of the major speakers, was explored in many classes in the life sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students who participated in the First Annual J.T. Barton Jr., Ethics Essay Scholarship Competition also explored it. (The competition is sponsored by the Rutland Institute for Ethics.) Linking the colloquium and the ethics essay competition turned out to be a very good thing. Accordingly, we continue to link them.