1. The Ethics of Abortion


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    The Ethics of Abortion Thursday, February 25th, 8pm, Rose Hills Theatre Given the perpetual nature of the debate over abortion in the United States waged between two equally impassioned and highly partisan sides, the PSU has decided to approach the topic of abortion in an event this spring. Abortion is a sensitive issue that permanently remains on the national stage, whether as a litmus test in the elections of public officials, discussed in its own right, or within the context of contemporary legislation, such as the most recent controversy over its inclusion in health care reform efforts in Congress. The PSU believes that this staple of contemporary politics merits thoughtful consideration through an event on campus. While the consensus on campus has settled in favor of reproductive rights, the issue of abortion nonetheless features prominently in American politics and has not lost its potential to inflame opinions in the greater public. To address this controversial topic, the PSU has invited two prominent academics to take part in a debate. The event will investigate the topic of abortion through moral and ethical perspectives to illuminate the deep-rooted philosophical arguments of the pro-choice and pro-life movements. It will take place February 25th in Rose Hills Theatre on the campus of Pomona College. Dr. Patrick Lee is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Director of the Institute of Bioethics. His best-known book, Abortion and Unborn Human Life, is a comprehensive examination of the moral and ethical foundations of the pro-life position. He also authored Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and has published numerous articles on such philosophical and ethical topics as human nature, marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and metaphysics. His articles have been published in The National Review, Reason Magazine, The New Atlantic, The Public Discourse, and he regularly delivers lectures at universities across the country. Professor David Boonin is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches on applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history of ethics. He is the author of A Defense of Abortion and The Problem of Punishment, as well as a number of articles spanning a wide range of topics, including same-sex marriage, euthanasia, the moral status of animals, race, affirmative action, and hate speech. He has published articles in Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Social Philosophy, and is the co-editor of a popular philosophy textbook.

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    • Governing California


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      GOVERNING CALIFORNIA Tuesday, February 16th, 8pm, Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges) Overcrowded prisons, declining funds for public education, and budgetary disaster are just a selection of issues that plague the state of California today. As the most populous state and greatest economic contributor to the United States, California has often served as a model for other states considering reform in areas ranging from energy to education. Though there have been many attempts to rectify the California budget, the deficit still stands at an estimated $20 billion. Are California’s problems unique to California? How did the state get into this situation? Would a constitutional convention affect California’s governance and operations? Or is California simply ungovernable? The Pomona Student Union is proud to announce that leading experts Dan Walters and Thad Kousser, along with former California governor Gray Davis, will be participating in a panel discussion to explore these issues. Please join us on February 16th at 8pm in Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges). Dan Walters is a columnist with the Sacramento Bee and an expert on California politics. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, working almost exclusively for California newspapers. At age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. In 1981, he began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1986, Walters published The New California: Facing the 21st Century, which has since become a widely used textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state. He is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac, and co-author of The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento. Walters is a frequent guest on national television news shows commenting on California politics. Thad Kousser is a political science professor at University of California, San Diego and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He researches legislative politics and political regulation and is an expert in the areas of comparative American state politics and California politics. Kousser has written on topics including term limits, legislative professionalism, reapportionment, campaign finance laws, the recall, and health care policy. His forthcoming book, Term Limits: Undoing the Professionalization of American State Legislatures, is based on his 2003 dissertation that won the William Anderson prize awarded by APSA. He serves as co-editor of the journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. Gray Davis served as California’s 37th Governor from 1999 until being recalled in 2003. Prior to serving as Governor, Davis served as Chief of Staff to Governor Jerry Brown, California State Assemblyman, Controller, and Lieutenant Governor. Davis holds a BA in history from Stanford University and a JD from Columbia Law School. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service as a Captain in the Vietnam War. During his time as Governor, Davis made education his top priority and California spent eight billion dollars more than was required under Proposition 98. Davis also signed the nation’s first state law requiring automakers to limit auto emissions. On October 7, 2003, he became the second governor to be recalled in American history. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeded Governor Davis after the election. Since being recalled, Davis has worked as a guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and as an attorney at Loeb & Loeb.

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      • The Future of Journalism: The End or a New Beginning?


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        The Future of Journalism: The End or a New Beginning? Monday, November 23rd, 7pm, Smith Campus Center Room 208 The Internet has transformed our world. How does our everyday use of online news sources, blogs and social networking sites affect the print newspaper world of the past? Does the struggle of newspapers and proliferation of online resources signal a collapse or renaissance in journalism? Is there a way for newspapers to reinvent themselves in such a way that is profitable and accessible by all? Will journalistic standards be maintained in a new, online media? What will corporate influence look like in the new media? What will the new media’s business model look like? To answer these questions the PSU welcomes a panel with New York Times journalist Richard Perez-Peña ‘84, LA Times journalist Hugo Martin and Geneva Overholser, Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. This panel discussion will take place on November 23, 2009 at 7pm in Smith Campus Center Room 208.

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        • Humor's Role in Discussions of Race - Christian Lander


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          Does humor have a role to play in serious discussions of race? Further, do stereotypes and political incorrectness belong in such conversations? Has dialogue about race changed in response to the rise of new media such as blogs, or is a larger generational shift in mindset responsible? Christian Lander, an ad agency employee turned book author and blogger, will attempt to shed light on these questions. His blog ‘Stuff White People Like’ exploded in popularity last year with its irreverent list of over a hundred items including ‘hummus’, ‘public radio’ and ’standing still at concerts.’ Please join us for an entertaining discussion of the blog and the questions it raises about how perceptions of race have changed.

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          • Afghanistan: Obama’s War?


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            Afghanistan: Obama’s War? Thursday, November 19, 8pm, Smith Campus Center 208 Although President Obama dubbed the Afghan conflict a “war of necessity” in his campaign, after eight years and two presidents public support for it is waning. As the authority of the Taliban increases, many in the United States are questioning if a stable, democratic government is even possible in Afghanistan. What should the role of the United States military be in Afghanistan? Is this conflict crucial to our national security, or is it merely tangential? Can the current government of Afghanistan even be considered legitimate after the recent elections that were marred by fraud and abuse? To answer these questions, the PSU welcomes Kenneth Katzman, Middle East Specialist for the Congressional Research Service, and former CIA analyst for the region. Mr. Katzman will be speaking on Thursday, November 19th at 8pm in Smith Campus Center Room 208.

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            • All Women Love Yogurt, Right? - Sarah Haskins - Gender Portrayals in Advertising


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              Sarah Haskins ALL WOMEN LOVE YOGURT, RIGHT? Gender Portrayals in Advertising Wednesday, November 11, 7pm, Rose Hills Theatre Current TV Comedian and commentator Sarah Haskins talks with Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick of the Media Studies department about gender representations in advertising. In her bimonthly web series, Sarah Haskins has an entertaining take on what advertising tells us about gender roles. There will be a screening of several of her clips, followed by an informal Q & A conversation between Professor Fitzpatrick and Sarah Haskins.

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              • Tuesday Lunch Talk Series 3-8-11: Bowman Cutter


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                Pomona College Prof. Do Minimum Parking Requirements Force Developers to Provide More Parking than Privately Optimal?

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                • Postmodern Slave Auction Performance Piece


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                  Cameron Carr’s current focus is dedicated to putting emphasis on race and its social ramifications. He is interested in shining light on the effect race has on the public in regards to people consciously, or unconsciously perpetuating the system of oppression. In his recent video works, Carr makes spatially palpable the issues of being a black body within a post-slavery and post-largely oppressive environment of racial abuse, as well as the tensions formed through the process of racism being reconfigured and changing throughout the timeline of modern day. Carr also is committed to making predominantly white societies, schools, communities, cultures, work forces and institutions aware of these dislocations, highlighting issues that all too often remain unconscious.

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                    • HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY - University Consortia


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                      HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY -- University Consortia -- Guests: Robert Walton, CEO, Claremont University Consortium, and Kristen McGuire, Executive Director, Baltimore Collegetown Network. Your connection to contemporary issues, people, and institutions involved in the world of higher education. HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY is produced by the University of the District of Columbia; host is educational consultant and author Steven Roy Goodman.

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