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October | Lectures

The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, Department of Politics

Tea & Ethics

Artificial Intelligence and the Ethics of Future Warfare

Thursday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m.

This panel discussion examines the current and future role of artificial intelligence (AI) in drone targeting, adaptive systems learning, intelligence collection and analysis, and other military applications. Panel members include Jonathan Acuff, CCU assistant professor of politics; Jonathan Smith, CCU professor of politics and director of the intelligence and national security program; Jonathan Trerise, associate professor of philosophy; and Nicholas Smith, CCU Jackson Scholar. The panel addresses questions such as: How will the movement to AI systems away from human soldiers affect the ethics of war? Can hybrid human-AI teams and stand-alone AI weapons systems and activities fight wars ethically? What are the potential effects of AI targeting systems for civilian casualties in war?

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values

Philosopher’s Corner

Can Vindictiveness be a Virtue?

Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Kevin Guilfoy, associate professor of philosophy at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., speaks on the ethics of vindictiveness. His talk questions whether the desire to harm those who have wronged us might be a valuable, beneficial or useful trait.

Guilfoy’s specializations are medieval philosophy and the philosophy of language and metaphysics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is a contributor to the Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Wall Boardroom, Room 222
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)

Department of Politics

Politics and Economics Lecture Series

James W. Ceaser, presented by the Forum on Liberty and the American Founding

Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

James W. Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, speaks on free speech with a focus on campus speech. Ceaser has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection (1979), Liberal Democracy and Political Science (1990), Reconstructing America (1997) and Nature and History in American Political Development (2006). He has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Rennes. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the John Templeton Foundation.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Department of History

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses after 500 Years

Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the
95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, and the beginning of the Protestant
Reformation, Brian Nance, professor of history, and CCU history students
present a multimedia critical examination of the event. Martin Luther
(1483-1546) was a spiritual leader, dean of Theology at the University of Wittenberg and Catholic outlaw who changed the course of history within the Christian church.

Edwards Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards
College of Humanities and Fine Arts Lecture Series

Women as Leaders in the Early Church

Saturday, Oct. 21
Coffee social: 9:30 a.m.; Lecture: 10 a.m. to noon

Aneilya Barnes, CCU associate professor of history, presents a lecture examining the passage of the Roman Empire from a pagan to a Christian empire and the roles that women played in the development of the early church. Additionally, she discusses the passage of the prominent roles to an elite male episcopacy that eventually came to dominate the church hierarchy, which remains today. Barnes’s research focuses on the Christianization of ancient Rome and the roles of women in the early church, especially through the lens of Rome’s sacred spaces and shifting landscape.

Myrtle Beach Education Center, 79th Avenue Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public 
(no ticket required)

Being Heard:
The Passage of Knowledge 
from One Generation to Another

Saturday, Oct. 28
Coffee social: 9:30 a.m.; Lecture: 10 a.m. to noon

Wes Fondren, CCU chair and associate professor of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, looks at how to pass along information and understanding from one person to another, especially between generations. He will discuss how to get messages heard, listening and mentoring.
The use of technology in the communication process is one of Fondren’s research interests, along with media psychology and media effects. Fondren is former director of technology for Boone Newspapers Inc., a conglomerate that owns 45 newspapers.

Myrtle Beach Education Center, 79th Avenue Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public 
(no ticket required)

African and Gullah Lecture Series

A lecture series sponsored by the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University 

Georgetown Education Center

Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m., with light refreshments afterward
 Oct. 4: Africa: A Continent in Search of Political Identity?—Richard Aidoo
Postcolonial Africa has been characterized by different political identities – from the hope of decolonized free African states, through predominantly unstable political regimes, to the promise of liberal democracy. How have external actors from the West and the East shaped this evolution, and to what extent have they influenced the new African Renaissance project?
Oct. 11: I See Dead People: Hants, Hags and Plat-eyes of the Gullah People—Veronica Gerald
Most often, those outside the culture view many of the beliefs and practices of the Gullah Geechee people as amusing snippets or remnants from a pre-Christian, remote past unworthy of serious attention and study. Certain beliefs in particular are usually relegated and dismissed as light hearted amusement. “I See Dead People” will focus on the Gullah Geechee belief in an active spirit world where Hants (haunts), Hags, Plat-eyes and people who can “see” are some of the characters from the spirit world of ancient times who still live within, around and among us today.

Oct. 18: Bunce Island: “Where History Sleeps”—Joseph Opala
Professor Opala will discuss his 40 years of research on an 18th-century British slave castle in Sierra Leone, many of whose captives were taken to South Carolina and Georgia. Most of the African captives who passed through Bunce Island were rice farmers.

Oct. 25: Marriage Rituals of Africa and its Diasporas – Gillian Richards-Greaves
Gillian Richards-Greaves, assistant professor of anthropology, will discuss how memory and other factors influence the ways that African diasporic groups construct identities.