OSWEGO — Dr. Heather Douglas of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, will present the 25th annual Warren Steinkraus Lecture on Human Ideals at 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28, in the Historic Lecture Hall, Room 222 of SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall.
Titled “Ideals for Responsible Science in Democratic Societies,” the lecture is free and open to the public.
Douglas, Waterloo Chair in Science and Society in the University of Waterloo’s philosophy department, has a doctorate in history and philosophy of science from University of Pittsburgh. She noted that science, when it functions well, “crucially shapes our understanding of ourselves, the world in which we live, our policy options for collective decisions and our sense of responsibility.”
She plans to discuss such questions as “How are we to structure the ideals for the practices of scientists in democratic societies? What should we expect from our scientists in their choices and their communications? And how should we structure or alter our institutions to assist scientists in being responsible?”
The late Warren Steinkraus, who retired from SUNY Oswego’s philosophy department in 1987 after a distinguished career in teaching and scholarship, was committed to a wide array of human ideals such as social justice, equality, peace and nonviolence. The philosophy department inaugurated the Steinkraus Lecture a quarter-century ago, establishing a permanent fund for the series now managed by the Oswego College Foundation.
Dr. K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy at SUNY Oswego, will deliver opening remarks.
Those attending this event may park in the employee lots adjacent to and across from Sheldon Hall.