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"Homo Applicans: On Being Human in a World of Disappearing Things"

The Philosophy Club and Computer Club will host Diane Michelfelder of Macalaster College. Her lecture is titled "Homo Applicans: On Being Human in a World of Disappearing Things." The focus is on the philosophy of technology. The abstract of her lecture is as follows:

While the development of one technological artifact does not have to lead to the disappearance of another—witness the continued endurance of the acoustic guitar despite the invention of its solid-body electric cousin in the 1950s—it is often the case that one technological innovation (think digital cameras) eventually replaces another (think Kodak film or the Polaroid). What distinguishes technological development in this century, though, is less the replacement of one innovation by another but more the replacement of material things themselves by applications.

Looking at the ethical impacts of technological artifacts has long been a central concern for the philosophy of technology, but generally (as in recent debates over whether it is ethical to “moralize” technology by intentionally designing artifacts so as to privilege particular moral outcomes over others) the focus of this concern has been on material objects themselves. But what if we shift this focus of concern to the loss of physical objects and the rise of applications? What might the impacts of this transition be on our abilities to sustain ethical relations with those others in our midst?

UNI Students for Gender Neutral Facilities: Potty Protest

For most students, faculty and staff at UNI the most basic tasks of humanity require little thought, such as what bathroom to use, what pronoun you are called, if you are safe in the residence halls and at home. However, for students, faculty and staff who do not identify with the gender and/or sex assigned to them at birth, students, faculty and staff with disabilities, students, faculty and staff with children, and other student, faculty and staff populations who somehow identify on the outskirts of “normal”, finding a safe bathroom is an important concern for which they struggle daily. This event will serve two goals:
1. To raise awareness regarding trans*gender issues on campus and in our society.
2. To bring the discussion of gender neutral bathrooms and gender neutral housing to the attention of the general campus community in an informative manner.

Starting at 10:30AM, a group of protest volunteers will be lined up outside the Ballroom bathrooms and using the restrooms as a collective, not assigned by their gender.

Freedom Week Keynote: R. York Moore

R. York Moore will deliver the keynote lecture for Freedom Week. The lecture will highlight the issue of modern-day slavery, explaining the social, spiritual and economic forces behind it and inviting us to respond on a personal and corporate level. Moore has worked as a modern-day abolitionist for 10 years and is the National Campaign Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Sponsored by UNI BASIC and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Lion Share Challenge Spaghetti Dinner

Alpha Delta Pi sorority will host its annual all you can eat Lion Share Challenge Spaghetti Dinner. Tickets purchased prior to the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12; children 5 and under are free. Those who purchase a ticket before the event receive a free raffle ticket.Tickets at the door will be $7 for adults and $5 for children. Raffle tickets for gift baskets will be sold at the event; one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5 and 15 tickets for $10. Other activities include Mr. Nick, the balloon twister; bozo buckets; pin the tail on the lion; and a spaghetti eating contest. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Fighting for Freedom in Iowa

 A local trafficking panel will discuss trafficking from a local and national perspective, current legislation, challenges in law enforcement, restorative process, and present involvement options for our campus and broader community.  

Panelists include Jake Oeth, regional outreach representative for U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley; DVD comments from U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; Dr. Teresa Downing-Matibag, assistant professor, Iowa State University and representative, Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking; Abraham Funchess, director, Waterloo Commission on Human Rights; Melissa Brisbin, client service director, Center to Restore Trafficked and Exploited Children; and Hannah Burkle, Rapha House, Joplin, Mo.

Sponsored by UNI InterVarsity Christian Fellowship


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