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Ethics, Healing, and the Lived Body

A One-day Seminar on Medical Ethics with Jeffrey Bishop and Warren Kinghorn

Far from promoting integrated, whole-person care, modern medicine often contributes to the fragmentation of body, mind, and spirit: “body” is too often reduced to machine, “mind” to agent of control, and “spirit” to the ethereal realm of meaning and purpose. This seminar will examine each of these dis-integrations in historical, philosophical, and practical context. We will then consider a more integrated conception of medicine and bioethics, focusing on phenomenological approaches to the lived body and on Thomas Aquinas’ account of human persons as wayfarers on a journey, and we will consider how bioethics might promote integration and healing within contemporary health care. The seminar will be led by Jeffrey Bishop (Saint Louis University) and Warren Kinghorn (Duke University). (Co-sponsored with the Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics) 
Where: Beaumont Room, Sterling Hall of Medicine
When: Saturday, September 9 (All day)


The Demon in Democracy

A Lecture by Ryszard Legutko

Ryszard Legutko is Professor of Philosophy at the Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, a Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament. In his lecture he will discuss themes from his new book The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. (Co-sponsored by the Yale Political Union)
Where: William L Harkness Hall 208, 100 Wall Street
When: 4:30 PM, Tuesday, April 25
Original poster (pdf)

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The Better Argument Workshop

A Discussion with Leah Libresco

Why do arguments about matters that are important to us so often end in frustration? How can you approach disagreements so that both you and your opponent can notice if you are wrong quickly, admit defeat cheerfully, and keep pursuing truth together? Leah Libresco will share strategies that she has used to have productive arguments, even on hot-button issues, and offer practical advice about how to make it as easy as possible to conduct our disagreements in a spirit of love and honest curiosity.
Where: Linsly-Chittenden Hall 317, 63 High Street
When: 4:30 PM, Friday, March 3

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How to Build a Humanities Startup

A Talk by Jason Pedicone

Since its founding in 2011, the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, an independent non-profit organization promoting the study of Latin and Ancient Greek, has grown into a multi-million dollar, global organization offering study abroad programs, online classes, digital humanities projects, its own journal, and innovative outreach programming in the field of Classics. Jason Pedicone, President and Co-Founder of the Paideia Institute, will tell the story of the institute's origins and growth and offer reflections about the place of humanistic study in the modern world.
Where: Linsly-Chittenden Hall 102, 63 High Street
When: 4:30 PM, Friday, February 24



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Philosophical Perspectives on Medical Ethics

A One-day Seminar on Medical Ethics with Farr Curlin and Christopher Tollefsen

A seminar intended to encourage medical trainees to think deeply and systematically about the central ethical issues that they will face in clinical practice. In particular, this seminar will explore a framework for bioethics based on contemporary philosophy derived from classical Greek thought, including that of Aristotle and Hippocrates.  Participants will be invited to consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal and what difference that makes for the doctor-patient relationship, as well as a range of common issues in clinical ethics. The seminar will be led by Farr Curlin (Duke University) and Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina). (Co-sponsored with the Yale Center for Biomedical Ethics)
Where: Beaumont Room, Sterling Hall of Medicine
When: Saturday, September 10 (All day)

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Elm Spring Concert

A Performance by The New York Chamber Consortium

The Elm Institute presents an evening of music performed by the New York Chamber Consortium. The performance will begin with Mozart's Flute Quartet in D (K.285), followed by Schubert's String Quartet in A minor (the Rosamunde) and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat major (op. 44), concluding with a piano trio (Sogno d’Amore) composed by Alexander Peskanov. 
Where: Sudler Recital Hall, 100 Wall Street
When: 8:00 PM, Thursday, April 28
Original poster (pdf)


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The Pursuit of Happiness and an Integrated Life

A Talk by Marion Boteju

Marion Boteju is Senior Director of Philanthropy for FOCUS and former executive director of CCS, an international consulting firm that provides strategic consulting to non-profit organizations throughout the world. Her talk will discuss strategies for overcoming the challenges involved in pursuing professional excellence in the context of a well-rounded life. 
Where: Barrosse-Antle Room, 129 Church Street
When: 3:30 PM, Friday, April 8

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The Perils of Wealth

A Talk by David Bentley Hart

The scholar and essayist David Bentley Hart will offer reflections on his work producing a new translation of the New Testament, focusing on the radical teachings of the text with regard to the moral perils of wealth.
Where: Barrosse-Antle Room, 5th floor, 129 Church Street
When: 12:15 PM, Thursday, April 28

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The President and the Apprentice

A Talk by Irwin Gellman with Responses by Beverly Gage and George Nash

Irwin Gellman will discuss themes from his new book, The President and the Apprentice, a deeply-researched examination of the relationship between Einsenhower and Nixon. The event will also feature responses by Beverly Gage, Professor of History and American Studies in Yale's Department of History, and George Nash, author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. (Co-sponsored by Yale University Press)
Where: William L Harkness Hall, Room 207
When: 4:30 PM, Thursday, February 2
Original poster (pdf)