The Phronesis Program in Politics and Ethics hosts a variety of lectures and visiting faculty. In 2013, the program hosted Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Sinnott-Armstrong discussed the responsibility psychopaths may have for their actions.
Upcoming event: "Coming Apart," a lecture by Charles Murray
5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Rockwell Pavilion
Murray argues that a new upper and lower class have diverged so far in cultural behaviors that they no longer recognize any underlying American values. This problem does not break along racial or ethnic lines and, furthermore, is not due to income equality either. In order to show this, Murray focuses on the upper and lower classes of white America. He believes that the upper class has consciously segregated itself to be surrounded by its own kind, while the lower class is losing the value of traditional family and community life.
Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with his book "Losing Ground." Since then, Murray has written six more books, including "The Bell Curve," the controversial book co-authored with Richard J. Hernstein. He received a B.A. in history from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.