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Political Theory Workshop

The Political Theory Workshop offers faculty and other scholars an opportunity to present "in progress" or recently completed work to a diverse audience from political science, philosophy, law, and other social sciences and humanities. Workshop papers come from all areas of political theory, including normative and positive theory, legal theory, and the history of political thought. Papers are circulated ten days before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the paper before the workshop. Each session begins with comments and questions on the paper by a discussant, a brief response from the author, followed by a general discussion. All members of the university community are welcome to attend the workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in SocietyJoin the Political Theory Workshop mailing list. Convenor for 18-19: Brian Coyne

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Todd Karhu, Ethics in Society Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Todd received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the London School of Economics. Before LSE, he completed an M.Phil. in political theory at Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on theoretical and practical issues in the ethics of killing, and a few other normative matters involving death.

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Daniela Cammack, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Field: Political Theory

Daniela Cammack works primarily on ancient Greek politics and philosophy, though she maintains research and teaching interests in Roman, medieval and modern political ideas and practices, the history of political economy (especially Marx) and the history and theory of democracy.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Simone Chambers, Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine
Field: Political Theory

Simone Chambers is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine. She has written and published on such topics as deliberative democracy, public reason, the public sphere, secularism, rhetoric, civility and the work of Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls.

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Cynthia Farrar, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Purple States TV
Field: Political Theory

Cynthia Farrar is a scholar and civic entrepreneur with a special interest in engaging citizens as full partners in American democracy. Since 2002, she has orchestrated and studied nonpartisan deliberations among randomly invited citizens.

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Abby Jaques, Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Abby completed her Ph.D. in philosophy at MIT, then remained there as a postdoctoral associate in philosophy and the Ethics of AI Project Lead for the MIT Quest for Intelligence. Her research is in moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of action, with a current emphasis on questions about our relationship to technology.

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