INTERSTICES: The In-betweeness of Ethics

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INTERSTICES: The In-betweeness of Ethics

A one-night interactive forum allowing practical and personal engagement with ethics

Express | Launch | Explore | Know


Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Beckman Hall, Room 404


“...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” 


How do we know when we are doing the right thing? Is the right thing even possible; and who gets to decide what the right thing is? The theme of this year’s Interstices is the In-betweeness of ethics; how we can live a life engaged in issues with a wider impact, from the individual, to the local, to the global?

The “in-betweeness” to be discussed is apparent in the complexity of deciding what is right and wrong, good and bad. This is the same struggle we face in balancing our own sense of ethics and a wider social, global perspective. This could be anything from living a more environmentally responsible life to enacting a more peaceful existence; from making changes in our lives that have impact beyond ourselves to living outside of our own comfort zone.

These issues and ideas are truly interdisciplinary and at this year’s event we will explore how different disciplines might work together to build a stronger, more effective way of engaging in complex issues.

Event Program

4 p.m.            

Welcome and Introduction

Panel Discussion

5 p.m.


Build Your Personal Creativity Map

5:15 p.m.

Table Talk/Q&A

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+-Pico Iyer, Chapman Presidential Fellow and Renowned Journalist

Pico IyerPico Iyer, Chapman Presidential Fellow and Renowned Journalist

Pico Iyer is a Chapman University Distinguished Presidential Fellow and an acclaimed author of fiction and non-fiction. He is a longtime essayist for Time Magazine, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and the creator of twelve books, as well as two much-watched TED talks. His works travel the globe to see what happens when cultures converge and conspire, and range from an intimate exploration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (whom he has known for forty years) to such subjects as life in Revolutionary Cuba, LAX as a model of the global city of the future and—his most recent subject—films in North Korea.

Born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, Iyer has been living for the past 27 years in rural Japan, when not traveling to Ethiopia, Easter Island or Orange County.

“As a guide to far-flung places,” The New Yorker has written, “Iyer can hardly be surpassed.”

+-Lord John Alderdice

Lord AldericeLord John Alderdice, ARTIS (Europe) President and Chairman and Director for the Centre of Democracy and Peace Building

Lord Alderdice is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and politician with an extensive resume in Irish and international politics spanning several decades.  He holds a doctorate from Queen’s University, Belfast. He was Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly 1998-2004, Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 1987-1998 (he won the highest percentage of vote ever by an Alliance politician at a Westminster Election), and has sat in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat since 1996.

He is the recipient of the Medal of Excellence of the College of Physicians of Peru (where he holds an honorary chair) for his work in the field of psychoanalysis and conflict resolution. As leader of the Alliance he was committed to peace, stability and reconciliation and pressed for a joint British-Irish initiative for political progress that led the party to participate in the Irish Government Forum for Peace and Reconciliation. His leadership at this Forum is significant because Alliance was the only non-nationalist party from the North to participate. In addition, he is widely regarded as having played a crucial role in the Good Friday Agreement.

Lord Alderdice is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Averall Harriman Democracy Award of the National Democratic Institute of America, and the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He is the President of ARTIS Europe, a multi-disciplinary research institution designed to improve the understanding of cognitive and behavioral science related to politically motivated violence through science-based field research, and Chairman and Director of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Northern Ireland.

He lives with his wife, Joan, in Belfast but considers Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford his academic home.

+-Professor Stella Bruzzi

BruzziProfessor Stella Bruzzi, FBA, University of Warwick Director of Research for Film and Television

Stella Bruzzi is Professor at The University of Warwick where she is currently the Director of Research for Film and Television Studies. Stella received her Ph.D. from the University of Bristol. She interrupted her post graduate studies to work as a researcher at the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) in both Bristol and London. She was awarded her Ph.D., Trial and Error: The Political Use of Trials in Film, Theatre and Television’, in 1993. Her research is focused on the areas of: documentary film and television; costume, fashion and film; masculinity and cinema; fathers in film.  She currently works with students examining the representations of torture in recent US and Chilean cinema and performance in 21st century British television documentary. Dr. Bruzzi is well published and serves as a Fellow at the British Academy.

+-Professor Crystal Murphy

MurphyChapman University, Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science, Crystal Murphy, Ph.D.

Crystal Murphy is Assistant Professor at Chapman University. She received her B.A. from Vanguard University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on conflict and post-conflict development, political economy and sustainability topics, and promotes qualitative methods for policy oriented scholarship. She has worked for and carried out research with several institutions in East Africa. She has recently worked in the Sudan exploring micro-credit programs in post-war societies.

She currently teaches Politics of Humanitarianism for the Political Science Department, Development Strategies and NGO’s and Global Political Economy for the International Studies graduate program. 

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