The Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education
Portland State University (Oregon), July 21-25, 2010
For 2010, the Society for Values in Higher Education (an interdisciplinary organization committed to the role of higher education in promoting citizenship and socially responsible values) is organizing afternoon working groups for scientists, scholars, and educators to present work that addresses sustainability from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Working groups will meet for 1.5 hours each afternoon for three days and will deal with one of two sets of questions.
• Human Capabilities and Moral Motivation: Are human beings capable of making the choices and acting in such a way that we can have a sustainable future? Or are we doomed? Will there be a Darwinian solution? What lessons from our past might provide insight about our capacity to make the kind of sacrifices necessary? Are we capable of practicing the kind of distributive justice necessary for human sustainability? What are the limits of human action? What are the limits of deliberative democracy? What is the common ground on which different approaches to “nature” (scientific, religious, humanist, etc.) can meet to create a more sustainable future? What does it mean to lead a good life in a world of limited resources?
• Strategies and Negotiations: What strategies are effective in leading institutions of higher education to implement sustainability programs? How are the multiple values of institutions negotiated in order to promote sustainability? What institutional values have led to sustainable practices? What are some effective models? How do we educate students to value sustainability and the common good? What curricular or co-curricular strategies promote these values?
Inquiries can be directed to Amy Berger, Associate Professor of Geology, Heidelberg College (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head, Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University (email@example.com). Proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length. Proposals are due by February 1, 2010. Early submissions are encouraged. In keeping with the mission of the SVHE, interdisciplinary and/or practice-oriented proposals are especially encouraged.
Each participant in a working group will have the $200 registration fee waived for the 2010 Fellows Meeting. In addition, the program committee of the SVHE will select two papers for special recognition at the meeting. To be eligible for an award, completed drafts of the papers must be submitted by June 1, 2010 and authors must attend the SVHE meeting to present their papers. Each winning author will receive $300.
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Fax: (270)745-5261 Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://www.svhe.org
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