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Virtual Alumni College

This webinar series provides alumni with lifelong learning opportunities and the ability to engage faculty and fellow alumni in the kind of discourse students regularly enjoy at DePauw.

Upcoming Sessions

Decoding Charlie Hebdo: The Origins and Cultural Perceptions of Caricature

Anne Harris, Professor of Art & Art History
March 30 at 8 pm

The attacks of this January 7 on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France galvanized discussion around the world about freedom of speech. This session will look at the origins of caricature in France in the 18th century and compare them to the practices of today. What ideas are behind unleashing the power of images to shock? What is the impact of a visual vs. textual caricature? It will also ask about the relationship between caricature, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press: are all three to be safeguarded? only some? and by whom? Finally, we will examine the decision by many British and American newspaper to blur or simply not show the caricatures of Charlie Hebdo. What principles are in operation in those decisions, and what differences do they reveal between Anglo-American and French culture? My goal is to have us consider the stakes of caricature (political, ethical, and religious) and to think together through their implications in our globalized media culture. 


Moral Knowledge and Moral Education

Andrew Cullison '01, Director of the Prindle Institute for Ethics
April 22 at 8 pm

One might think that in order for moral education to make sense, moral knowledge must be possible. But many are worried that we can't have moral knowledge. In this session, I will discuss the case against the possibility of moral knowledge. I will also present and explain a popular view about the nature of reasonable belief and knowledge according to which, as it turns outs, moral knowledge is possible. As we will see, it's very difficult to make the case that moral knowledge isn't possible.  I will then turn to talk about whether this really has any bearing on the feasibility of moral education.