Author Meets Critics Series
The Author Meets Critics Series, which launched in fall 2020, is designed to inspire ethics-related dialogue through debate and cross-disciplinary conversation. Each session includes an author presentation, two critiques, an author response, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. These events are free and open to the public.
Author Meets Critics Event featuring author
Nov. 1 | 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
The Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and the Bob Parsons Veterans Center welcome Rutgers University Professor Alec Walen, who will respond to a group of international scholars on his recent book, The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War. In this book, Prof. Walen offers a novel theory of rights and assesses what this tells us about permissible killings in war.
All are welcome to join this in-person and live-stream Zoom event. To register and receive the login information, please email Claudette Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|8:30-8:45 a.m.||Continental Breakfast (for in-person participants)|
|8:45-9:00 a.m.||Opening Remarks; welcome Prof. Alec Walen (author)|
|9:00-10:10 a.m.||Prof. Yuan Yuan, New York University (critic)|
|10:15-11:25 a.m.||Prof. Stephen Woodside, USMA, West Point (critic)|
|11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.||Dr. David Wasserman, NIH (critic)|
|2:00-3:10 p.m.||Prof. Mortimer Sellers, The University of Baltimore (critic)|
|3:15-4:25 p.m.||Prof. Michael Skerker, U.S. Naval Academy (critic)|
|4:30-4:45 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
Steven Scalet, Hoffberger Center director, and Joshua Kassner, Hoffberger Center research director, will serve as co-chairs. This event is co-sponsored by The University of Baltimore's Center for International and Comparative Law.
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