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Spring Student Symposium

Apr 24, 2018


The Philosophy Department’s Spring Student Symposium will take place on Friday, May 18th. 

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"Predictive Policing and the Demands of Justice" - May 3, 2018

Mar 26, 2018


The Philosophy Department will host guest speaker Duncan Purves, University of Florida at Gainesville, on Thursday, May 3rd.

Predictive algorithms are increasingly used by police departments in the United States to anticipate and deter criminal activity by identifying geographic regions that are at high risk for crime. The use of so-called place-based predictive algorithms in policing has faced negative public attention but very little academic scrutiny.

Cal Poly to Host Public Lecture on Ethics of Internet of Things on Jan 27, 2017

Jan 1, 2017



Irina Raicu will gave a lecture on how connecting things to the internet may have some ethical questions.

The Lingering Value of Technological Artifacts

May 3, 2016


Dr. Benjamin Hale

U. of Colorado Boulder

Thursday, May 12, 11 AM — 12:30 PM

Bldg 10 Room 223

Electronic waste is the fastest growing form of waste worldwide. Unfortunately, disposal is not straightforward and recycling is hindered by a tendency of consumers to resist recycling their e-waste.

Transcendental Meditation Talk Thursday, 11AM to Noon

Feb 24, 2016


This Thursday from 11 AM-Noon in 52-E27, the Religious Studies program is hosting a talk titled "Transcendental Meditation Today."

Ethics of Surveillance

Jan 29, 2016


The United States government has created an unprecedented intelligence-gathering apparatus, allegedly capable of storing a hundred years' worth of the world's communications. What, if anything, is wrong with this staggering data collection andstorage? Is intelligence gathering necessary for safeguarding Americans? Or does it constitute an unjustified violation of privacy? Join Dr. Ryan Jenkins of Cal Poly's philosophy department for a presentation and discussion on the ethics of ubiquitous surveillance.

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Cal Poly to Host Talk on Enhancement Technologies and Disabilities on Jan. 22

Jan 5, 2016


Virginia Tech philosophy Professor Ashley Shew will present “We Can Rebuild You: Disabled Bodies and Technological Imagination” at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.

Virginia Tech Philosopher to Discuss Human Enhancement Technologies and Disabilities on Jan 22

Jan 4, 2016


Virginia Tech philosophy professor Ashley Shew will deliver a special invited talk on human enhancement technologies and disabilities at 11 am. Friday, January 22, in Philips Hall (Building 06-124 in the Performing Arts Center) at Cal Poly.

Shew’s talk is titled “We Can Rebuild You: Disabled Bodies and Technological Imagination.”

Cal Poly to Host ‘Yoga in America’ May Lecture Series

May 11, 2015


The Cal Poly Religious Studies Program will host two events exploring the history and challenges of yoga in America on Tuesday, May 19, and May 26 on campus.  

‘Perspectives on Religion and Society’ Series Set for February and March at Cal Poly

Mar 6, 2015


Cal Poly will host three events exploring “Perspectives on Religion and Society” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 17, and Thursday, March 5, on campus. 

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