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Society for Values in Higher Education: Call for Papers

Society for Values in Higher Education | 2013 Call for Papers

Debt: Obligations that Shape our Lives
July 24-28, 2013 | University of Denver

Societies are structured by webs of financial, legal, psychological, moral, and spiritual obligations. All of these involve debt, broadly construed. From the most mundane, everyday interactions to the complexities of international relations, the language of debt pervades our thinking and discourse. The Society for Values in Higher Education seeks paper and panel proposals to address the concept of debt from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

  • What is the social role of debt?
  • How does it enhance or threaten community?
  • To whom are we indebted?
  • What is the relationship between debt and entitlement?
  • What are the religious or spiritual dimensions of debt?
  • How do various narratives (historical, literary, etc.) shape our views of debt?
  • How does debt threaten the future of higher education? How should higher education address the social and economic consequences of debt?
  • How do we teach our students who owes who what? And why?

Participants selected for presentations will receive a reduced registration rate of $50 to the SVHE summer meeting.  Two papers or panels will be selected for special recognition and awarded $300.  You must be present at the SVHE summer meeting to be considered.

Deadline for submission is April 15, 2013.  Proposals should not exceed 1000 words.  Submit proposals to Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head, Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University (  Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted.  Review will continue until all available slots are filled.  For more detailed information visit SVHE’s website.

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Join an Online Discussion on Economic Security: Saturday, April 30

By Beth Offenbacker and Bill Corbett, The Center for Voter Deliberation of Northern Virginia

You are invited to join a continuing National Issues Forum in the virtual world of Second Life on Saturday April 30 at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).  The topic is economic security in America.

Participants in our first forum, two months ago, focused on how best to take charge of the future so families can feel reasonably secure, parents can help their children prosper, and everyone can move toward a financially stable retirement.

We had a small and like-minded group, one that was more concerned about the actions of government than individuals in failing to prevent the nation’s recent recession and in needing to take further steps to remedy it.

“I hadn’t realized before how fundamental is a properly functioning financial system….Because of the distortions in the financial system supported by government, the financial system is not doing its traditional job of supporting innovation throughout the entire economy.”

“I wasn’t thinking about how the current economic crisis is an opportunity to question the fundamental design principles of our economy such as whether we even want to return to the same kind of economy we had in 2008. It would be useful to think about how to rebuild in a better way than we had before.”

We hope to broaden the discussion on April 30, and to add your point of view.

To register and get information on how to join Second Life (it’s free), please email the organizers  or complete this online form.  Registration will close at noon on Friday April 29.

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