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Anna Swartz and Syd Johnson Present Posters at the International Neuroethics Society Meeting

Anna K. Swarz
Anna K. Swarz
L. Syd M Johnson
L. Syd M Johnson

Anna K. Swartz (HU), a graduate student in Rhetoric, Theory & Culture, presented a poster, “The Neurobiological Explanation of Mental Illness: Implications for the Therapeutic Alliance,” at the International Neuroethics Society meeting in Washington DC on Nov. 10.

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) presented a poster, “Research with Embryo-Like Organisms and Cerebral Organoids: Do the Usual Rules Apply?” at the International Neuroethics Society meeting in Washington, DC, Nov. 10. The poster received a “Top Abstract” award from the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.




Stephanie Carpenter Reading and New Book Launch

Stephanie Carpenter
Stephanie Carpenter

Join the English programs at Michigan Tech and Finlandia for the local book launch/celebration of Stephanie Carpenter’s (HU) new book of short stories, “Missing Persons” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at the
Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

Carpenter will read from her book and a short reception will follow. George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize and author of “Lincoln in the Bardo,” has described “Missing Persons” as “Inventive, magical, compelling and strange in just the way life and people are strange. Stephanie Carpenter is a rare and wonderful talent.”


Scott Marratto Presents at HuskyLEAD Workshop

Scott Marratto
Scott Marratto

Join Scott Marratto (HU) from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1) in MUB Ballroom B1 for his presentation, “Morality and Technology: Rethinking Engineering Ethics.”

Marratto’s discussion will conclude the Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD workshops; however, individuals are still encouraged to check out the HuskyLEAD-Strengths Series opportunities still happening.

Traditional approaches to engineering ethics stress the application of professional codes of ethics to real-world problems. The mainstay of education in this approach is the case-study: the examination of real and hypothetical incidents (e.g., the space shuttle Challenger accident) with a view to drawing lessons about how ethical rules and procedures could, or should, have been applied. A number of ethicists and philosophers of technology have raised critical questions about this approach.

They have argued that ethics should be more integrated into the education of engineers and designers. In this talk and discussion, we will consider some of these challenges and proposals for new approaches to engineering ethics.


On the Road: HU Faculty and RTC doctoral students present at OSCLG

Victoria L. Bergvall
Victoria L. Bergvall
Diane L. Shoos
Diane L. Shoos
Patty Sotirin
Patty Sotirin

Vicky Bergvall (HU), Diane Shoos (HU) and Patty Sotirin (HU), along with RTC doctoral students Nancy Henaku and Tolulope Odebunmi and RTC alumna Lindsay Hingst, presented papers in the panel “Signs of Women’s Empowerment and Collective Action” at the 40th anniversary conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct 12-14.


On the Road: Syd Johnson at American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Conference

L. Syd M Johnson
L. Syd M Johnson

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) attended the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities annual meeting from Oct.19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri. She organized, presented at and moderated a workshop session on “Belmont for Animals? Considering a framework for protecting nonhuman primates in research”. She also organized, presented at and moderated a panel session on brain death, “Ethics in the Center: When medically ‘settled’ matters and social, cultural, or religious values diverge.” She organized and chaired the Animal Bioethics Affinity Group meeting and she was a guest panelist for a film screening of the documentary film “Unlocking the Cage.”


On the Road: Anna K. Swartz Presents Papers at Conferences

Anna K. Swarz
Anna K. Swarz

Anna K. Swartz, a graduate student in RTC (HU) presented a paper, “The Blame Frame: Representations of Mental Illness in Mainstream News Accounts of U.S. School Shootings,” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Oct. 19.

Swartz also presented a paper, “Incentivized Neglect: Privatized mental health care in prisons” at the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 21.



41 North Film Festival Program Announced

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 10.50.38 AMThe program has been announced for the 41 North Film Festival and is now available online. The festival runs Nov. 2-5 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and features four days of award-winning independent film from around the world, along with music, guests and special events.

The festival opens on Thursday, Nov. 2, with “Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc,” an evening of film and music in collaboration with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the ConScience Michigan Tech Chamber Singers.

Regarded as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema, the 1928 silent film by Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer will be presented with Richard Einhorn’s hauntingly beautiful composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra performed live.

Film theorist and historian David Bordwell will present a public lecture on Dreyer and participate in a Q&A with Conductor Joel Neves and Choral Director Jared Anderson following the performance.

Tickets for this special events must be purchased separately here. Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee need only bring their ID to the performance. The rest of the festival is free and open to the public, although a ticket must be reserved.

Other featured events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 3: The festival will feature “AlphaGo at 7:30 p.m., the story of Google Deepmind’s A.I. challenge match with the world Go champion, Lee Sedol. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and after party.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: The festival will honor Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Joe Kirkish for his long-standing contribution to film appreciation and community in the Keweenaw. The Festival will pay tribute to Kirkish at 4 p.m. before the screening of film legend Agnès Varda’s new film “Faces Places and then gather for a reception following the film at 6 p.m. in the Rozsa lobby. At 7:30 p.m. the festival presents the critically-acclaimed “Sami Blood,” a drama about a 14-year-old Sámi girl who is subjected to racism and eugenic scrutiny in 1930s Sweden. The film will screen with the short film “Ogichidaa,” which features Jerry Jondreau of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in a story about his grandfather’s struggle for tribal rights. A panel discussion will follow these films.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5. The festival’s closing night film, “Far Western,” tells the story of a dedicated group of Japanese country/bluegrass musicians and the unique bonds forged through music. Keweenaw Brewgrass will start off the final event with music at 7 p.m.

More a dozen additional new films will play during the festival. Visit the festival website for more information on films and events throughout the weekend. Festival patrons who would like to have dinner at the theater between films on Saturday, Nov. 4 will be able to reserve a picnic dinner box for $10 when they reserve their festival ticket.

Major sponsorship for the 41 North Film Festival is provided by the Department of Humanities, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.