Fall Symposium


Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 1 pm, Harmony Hall, first floor of Obal Hall, on Felician’s Lodi, New Jersey campus (262 S. Main St., Lodi, New Jersey 07644).

Carl Lane (History, Felician University), will present on his new book, Understanding the National Debt: What Every American Needs to Know.

Robert McParland (English, Felician University) will present on his new book, Citizen Steinbeck: Giving Voice to the People.

Moderator: Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician University)


Co-sponsored by the Felician University School of Arts and Science and the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs.

Past Felician Institute Fall Symposia

2015: “The Ethics, Politics, and Economics of Water,” took place, Saturday, October 24, at our Rutherford campus. Speakers included Joshua Briemberg, Representative for Program Development, WaterAidBritt Long, Esq., an attorney in private practice and one-time litigator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and Donald R. Conger III, PE, Project Director with CH2M Operations & Management Services for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority.

The event was co-sponsored by the Felician College Pre-Law Program and the Felician College UN Fellows Program.

2014: “Psychiatric Medications: Promise or Peril?” took place Saturday, December 6 at our Rutherford campus with Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown Publishing, 2010); Raymond Raad, a psychiatrist in private practice, New York City; Peter Economou, Counseling Psychology, Felician College; and Christian Perring , Philosophy, Dowling College. Publication of the symposium is forthcoming in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies.

The event was co-sponsored by the Felician College Department of Psychology and the Felician College Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology.

Coverage of the event from Dowling College.

Coverage of the event from Irfan Khawaja’s blog, “Policy of Truth”:
Part 1

2013: an Author Meets Critics session on Christine Vitrano’s The Nature and Value of Happiness (Westview, 2013), took place Saturday, November 16 at our Lodi campus. Commentators included John Kleinig (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), and Christopher Rice (Fordham), with a response by Professor Vitrano. The symposium was published in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, vol. 37, no. 1 (Spring 2015). Click here and scroll down to vol. 37.1, Spring 2015.

2012: an Author Meets Critics on Robert Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict (Cambridge, 2009), took place on Saturday, October 27 at our Lodi campus. Commentators included Chris Herrera (Philosophy, Montclair State University), Steven Ross (Philosophy, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), and Joseph Biehl (Felician College), with a response by Robert Talisse.

Steven Ross’s paper has now been published as “Review of “Democracy and Moral Conflict,” Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 14: Iss. 1, Article 9.  The rest of the symposium was published in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, vol. 36, no. 2 (July 2014) [scroll down].

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