Impact and engagement: Should academics be activists?

Title
Impact and engagement: Should academics be activists?
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Lesley McAra # Chair of Penology, Assistant Pricipal Community Relations, Edinburgh; Speaker: Mark de Vries # Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, Edinburgh; Speaker: David Levy # Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, Edinburgh; Introduced by: Mihaela Mihai # Senior Research Fellow in Political Theory
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Date and Time
5th Feb 2016 13:00 - 5th Feb 2016 14:30
Location
Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/jwi/knowledge_exchange/events/2015_2016/impact_and_engagement_should_academics_be_activists

Academics have a wealth of knowledge and expertise on contemporary social issues, and association with an academic institution confers reputational benefit. However, is it appropriate for academics to take politicised stands as activists? Could it be morally required for academics in some fields to be activists? Does engaging in activism mean taking risks with your academic career?

This lunchtime session explores the potential for tension between maintaining a career in academia and engaging in social activism

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Short talks from a panel of speakers will be followed by a Q&A/discussion session. All are welcome to attend and take part in discussion.

The Ethics Forum is being held in partnership with the Just World Institute and the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.