Philosophy Symposiums & Roundtables

The Rougher Side of Humor: How Far is Too Far?

Wednesday, April 13th 2022 (7pm-9pm)
Special Guest:  Dr. J. Angelo Corlett

Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center

(101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601)

**As a nice analog to this community activity, Dr. Corlett will also be holding a discussion at Carroll College as part of the Philosophy Now Speakers Series the night prior to this where he’ll focus on the ethics and legality of politically correct speech and the relationship of this speech to freedom of expression.  This lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm in the Carroll College Student Center located at 1601 N. Benton Ave.  It is free and open to the public.  Learn more here!**

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll have a free-wheeling discussion about contemporary humor, looking at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle.

After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and discuss such questions as:

  • What is the role (or point) of humor? 
  • What’s the difference between an offense and a harm?
  • What makes comedy great?
  • Is there a difference between using a word and mentioning a word and does it matter? 
  • Do comedians have certain obligations?  What about listeners? 
  • And more…

This event will feature special guest speaker/facilitator and professor of philosophy from San Diego State University, Dr. J. Angelo Corlett.

FREE & open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences).  Program directed by Marisa Diaz-Waian & Dr. Barry Ferst.

Dr. J. Angelo Corlett is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University specializing in ethics and epistemology. He writes on and teaches Philosophy of Law, Epistemology, Plato, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics from an analytical approach. With regard to ethics, Angelo specializes in Moral Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy, inclusive of the following foci: apology, capital punishment, civil disobedience, ethics of illegal drugs, forgiveness, hate speech, immigration, indigenism, international law, justice, Latino/a identity, legal interpretation, philosophy of sport, political violence, privacy, punishment, race, racism, reparations, responsibility, rights, secession, and terrorism.  He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these and other topics and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Academic Ethics; Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy; and the Journal of Ethics.

Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series

Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series — “The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” — was a three-part series of community events that looked at various philosophical issues and perspectives related to the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship.  Each symposium featured guest panelists, a facilitator, and ample opportunity for free-flowing audience-panelist discussion.  To watch/listen to the symposium series, as well as view pictures and access resources, click on the applicable box below.

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 1)

Carroll College

(Thursday 09/20/18)

Public vs. Private Lands (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other)

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 2)

Carroll College

( Thursday 12/06/18)

Landowner-Steward & Wildlife-Habitat Relationships

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 3)

Carroll College

(Thursday 03/14/19)

Current & Future Environmental and Conservation Challenges

Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series

Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series — “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” — was a three-part series of community events geared to initiate a public discussion about the human-technology relationship and the promises and perils of artificial intelligence. All three symposiums featured guest panelists and opportunity for free-flowing audience-panelist discussion.  To watch/listen to the symposium series, as well as view pictures and access resources, click on the applicable box below.

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 1)

Carroll College

(Thursday 11/17/16)

The 1st symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 2)

Carroll College

(Thursday 04/27/17)

The 2nd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 3)

The Myrna Loy Center

(Wednesday 11/08/17)

The 3rd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

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