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The date of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs has been changed. The original date was Saturday, April 22, 2017. The conference will now take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Felician University’s Rutherford campus (227 Montross Ave., Rutherford, New Jersey, 07070).

The Institute invites submissions on any topic in moral or political philosophy, broadly construed, not exceeding 25 minutes’ presentation time (approximately 3000 words). Please send submissions in format suitable for blind review to felicianethicsconference at gmail dot com by August 1, 2017. Acceptances will be announced in mid September 2017.

Plenary Address 
Michele M. Moody-Adams
Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory
Columbia University

“Taking Expression Seriously: Liberty, Equality, and Expressive Harm”

The paper will discuss some implications and challenges of the claim (accepted by theorists as varied as Elizabeth Anderson, Richard Pildes, Jeremy Waldron,  Catharine Mackinnon and  Charles Lawrence) that (a) expression can sometimes be the cause of direct, ‘non-material’ harm to persons and their interests and (b) the seriousness of some kinds of expressive harm make it reasonable to consider content-based restrictions on free expression and academic freedom.

For more information, please contact Irfan Khawaja at felicianethicsconference at gmail dot com.

Forthcoming: Our Spring 2018 Felician Institute Symposium will be an Author Meets Critics session on Vicente Medina’s Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). Details forthcoming.

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Martin Hall (campus view), at Felician’s Rutherford campus, site of the concurrent sessions for the Felician Institute conference.

The Education Commons (street view) at Felician’s Rutherford campus, site of the plenary for the Tenth Annual Felician Institute conference. 

Iviswold Castle (campus view), site of the reception for the conference.

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