Fourth Annual Fall Ethics Symposium 2009

Ethics in Everyday Life: The Ethics of Food

This was the fourth year of our annual Fall Ethics Symposium, a joint undertaking by the RCA Program in Ethics of the CPPE, Sacramento State, and Cosumnes River College.

The Symposium was a full day event, Monday, November 9th, 2009, held at Sacramento State University in the Hinde Auditorium of the University Union. The following is an abbreviated version of the program with links to the relevant segments of the digital video recording of the event.

The digital videos are in .mp4 format and best viewed in RealPlayer. Approximate times are indicated in parentheses.

This year the symposium was organized by:
Dr. Russell DiSilvestro, 2009 Symposium Director
Dr. Rick Schubert, 2009 Symposium Executive Director

Monday, November 9 , 2009

8:00-8:30a.m. Reception, Redwood Room (Light refreshments served.)
8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks, Hinde Auditorium 
Christina M. Bellon, Director, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
Joe Sheley, Provost and Academic Vice President, Sacramento State 
Dr. Deborah Travis, President, Cosumnes River College 
Rick Schubert, Symposium Executive Director, Cosumnes River College, Philosophy
video Click to view (24min)

9:00-10:15 Session I: Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
video Click to view (1h14min)
Panelist: Robert Jones, CSU Chico
Title: The Ethics of Genetically Modified Animals.

Panelist: Kent J. Bradford, Professor & Academic Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis
Title: The Ethics of Biotechnology for Agricultural Sustainability.

Panelist: Zelig Kevin Golden, Center for Food Safety
Title: Your Right to Know: GMOs and the Future of Food

10:30-11:45 Session II: Food and Community
Speaker: Angus Wright, Sacramento State
Title: The Human Costs of Food Production: Not a Simple Utilitarian Calculus. 
videro Click to view (1h13min)

1:30-2:45 Session III: Food and Health
 Speakers: Dianne Hyson, Sacramento State, and Tissa Kappagoda, UC, Davis.
Title: Unlearned Lessons From the Diet and Health Cycle: US and Asian Parallels.
.video Click to view (1h18min)

3:00-4:30 Keynote Session: Animals as Food
Keynote Speaker: Alastair Norcross, University of Colorado at Boulder
Title: It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog, or a Chicken: Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat.
Commentator: Robert Jones, CSU Chico
video Click to view (1h21min)