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Cyber Ethics Conference 2016

Cyber-Ethics: Robot/ロボット, AI/, Human/人間 is an interdisciplinary conference for faculty, students, and the Anchorage community on the ethical and cultural aspects of artificial intelligence and robotics focusing on Japan. Conference featured speakers will be Takanori Shibata and Jennifer Robertson. Prof. Shibata is Chief Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan, and creator of a therapy robot, Paro. Prof. Robertson is Professor of Anthropology and History of Art at the University of Michigan and author of the forthcoming book Robo Sapiens Japanicus: robotics, eugenics, and posthuman aesthetics. The event is hosted by various organizations at the University of Alaska Anchorage: the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture, the Ethics Center, The Department of History, Department of Philosophy, and the Japanese Language Program. The Conference will be held in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy's 11th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

Submission for papers are due December 16th, emailed to Dr. Raymond Anthony (

For more information, please visit the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture website.


Ethics Bowl 2014

With the financial assistance of the Honors College and a commitment of funds from the philosophy foundation account, Dr. Joel Potter accompanied three students to Seattle to represent UAA at the Northwest Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. UAA took second place in the tournament (and beat the winning team during one of the round robin matches). By placing second, the team qualifies to participate in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Costa Mesa, CA in February, which will take place at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. You can read more about the team and their upcoming challenge in this Green and Gold piece by Kathleen McCoy: Congratulations, team, and good luck in Costa Mesa!

2014 Ethics Bowl winning team: Dan Knudsen, Parker Dahl, and Jacob Shercliffe

From left to right, the winning team are Dan Knudsen, Parker Dahl, and Jacob Shercliffe.


Philosophy research: Professor Terry Kelly and "When is a promise broken?"

Dr. Terry KellyThink of the classic "elevator pitch": You've got two minutes between floors to sell your idea and hook a client.

More than 20 college professors took that challenge at an event called "Rapid Fire: Research and Creative and Scholarly Work at UAA.".  Their aim was two-fold: Connect with some curious undergraduates who'd like to get involved in research, or entice other faculty to collaborate.

Terry Kelly is an ethicist in the philosophy department with the demeanor of a stand-up comic. "And you might ask," he said as he took the stage, "what kind of research does a philosopher do?  It's not that different from the stereotype."

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"Climaxing Changes in Climate Change Thought" with Dr. Casey Rentmeester
Climaxing Changes in Climate Change ThoughtMonday, November 12, 2012, 5:00pm-7:00pm
UAA Campus Bookstore

Casey Rentmeester, Ph.D. , teaches in the Department of Philosophy at UAA.  At this event, he highlights current changes in the field of environmental philosophy.

For more information, contact Rachel Epstein at or (907) 786-4782.

Listen to the podcast.


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Money, Morality and Medicine: Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research
Friday, October 12, 2012,  7:00pm-9:00pm
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Stephanie Bauer, Ph.D. (Philosophy Department) will be presenting on ethical duties in medicine and medical research and the ethical issues raised by conflicts of interest.  Stephen Tower, M.D. (Providence Hospital) will talk about his research on defects in hip replacement procedures and materials and how industry funding of research helped conceal those defects.

 T. Kelly, Ph.D.  S. Bauer. Ph.D and S. Tower, M.D.

To watch the presentation on "Money, Morality and Medicine: Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research", please click on the following: part I, part II and part III.

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September 2012, Unleashing Plato's Pleasure Principle with Dr. John Mouracade
August 2012, Visiting Chinese Scholar Deming Chen Presents Yijing and Chinese Philosophy
April 2012, Environmental Justice: The Road Less Travelled - A Public Forum
March 2012, Climate Ethics: Impacts on Health, Food Security, & Environmental & Social Justice
February 2012, Climate Changes: Alaska, the Arctic, and our Global Environment
February 2012, The Social Contract Today
October 2011, "The Tea Party is Right", a Public Debate
September 2011, NSF Awards Dr. Anthony Funding to Host Climate Science & Ethics Conference
April 2011, UAA Wins Inaugural University of Alaska Ethics Bowl
April 2011, 2011 Student Showcase Winners Announced
November 2010, Philosophy Department Faculty Research Workshop
October 2009, Faculty Meet and Greet
June 2008, Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion and Philosophy