Hope Fitz will deliver a paper at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, ISUD, in Craiova, Romania, July 4-9, 2014. The theme of the Congress is “The Human Being: Its Nature and Functions”. This is a theme that focuses on the human as a species. Hope wrote the theme. The paper which she will present is entitled: “Human Knowledge from a Human Perspective”. This paper focuses on the fact that the philosophical belief that humans could have certain knowledge of reality has lost its credence over the centuries. Also she will argue that what one must consider in seeking understanding, which is necessary for knowledge, are the means to knowledge and the methods of knowing. She will trace the line of means and methods from the Greeks through Kant, and then consider Martin Heidegger’s objection to all mind-dependent theories which he said started with Aristotle and culminated in the philosophy of Kant. Finally, Hope will adumbrate the post deconstructionist thought of Michele Foucault, and introduce the epistemology of discourse.
At the end of March, Eastern will receive former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a talk on the challenges the U.S. and world face in the XXI Century (click here for additional information). This is a challenging topic to be addressed by one of the most prominent high-level officials of the U.S. Government in the past decades. Her tenure in office was full of extraordinary events, and her actions influenced some of the important political outcomes of the last century, not only in terms of the overall diplomatic and objectives of the U.S. but also in terms of a larger international agenda, where the issue of international security remains a priority.
There are several biographic books about Secretary Albright, including her autobiography, that provide useful insights of this prominent figure. Including:
Madame Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2013) by Madeleine Albright.
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright.
Madeleine Albright: Against All Odds (2000) by Michael Dobbs.
Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright (1999) by Ann Blackman.
But there are many other sources devoted to her work (click here).
An Evening on Politics – Gender in Public Policies
A comparison of approaches from Latin America and the U.S.
On Thursday October 24 Dr. Nora Nagels of the Université de Montréal and Professor Nicole Krassas of Eastern and students discussed different perspectives on social policies and gender. Part of the discussion addressed how public policies aimed at supporting vulnerable groups, such as Food Stamps in the U.S. and Cash Transfers in Latin America do not necessarily take into account a gender perspective in their design and implementation. This event was moderated by Professor Martin Mendoza-Botelho.
This event was co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Geography and Philosophy, the Program of Latin American Studies and the Program on Gender Studies.
Dr. Nora Nagels – Université de Montréal
On October 23 Dr Nagels of the Université de Montréal presented some of her work in Latin America related to the implementation of social policies aimed at improving the livelihood of citizens in this region and related feminist theory.
This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Geography and Philosophy, the Program of Latin American Studies and the Program on Gender Studies.
For Additional information contact Prof. Martín Mendoza-Botelho firstname.lastname@example.org