October 14, 2016
Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017
Thompson Library, 11th Floor
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The Center for Ethics and Human Values presents


the 2016-17 COMPAS Program's Spring Conference


on Global Inequality


The spring COMPAS conference will focus on understanding global inequality. It will begin by considering two basic questions facing proponents of global justice: how to measure well-being as a way of assessing global inequalities and whether rich nations have a duty to alleviate poverty around the globe. We will then consider the significance of global inequality in a variety of domains that raise serious moral concerns, including global governance, trade, migration, and LGBTQ rights. Because one of our aims is to explore how the causes and effects of different kinds of inequality interact with one another, the conference will bring together leading political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, economists, legal scholars, public health experts, and policy advocates who can effectively engage each other.
The conference is free and open to the public, and there is no registration requirement. Faculty, students, and members of the community are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions that interest them.
The Center for Ethics and Human Values encourages research and facilitates public discussion on a wide range of foundational and applied moral questions that connect the research, teaching, and other work pursued at Ohio State.  

Conference Schedule:


Thursday, March 30, 2017

1:15p - 1:30p: Welcoming Remarks

1:30p - 3:00p: Session 1: Metrics of Well-being

3:30p - 5:00p: Session 2: Material Inequality and Poverty

5:00p - 6:00p: Reception


Friday, March 31, 2017

8:45a - 9:00a: Welcoming Remarks

9:00a - 10:30a: Session 3: Global Governance

11:00a - 12:30p: Session 4: Trade and Labor

  • Speakers: Ian Sheldon (Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State), Kate Bronfenbrenner (Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell)
  • Moderator: Sarah Brooks (Political Science, Ohio State)

2:15p - 3:45p: Session 5: Migration

  • Speakers: Ines Valdez (Political Science, Ohio State), Adam Hosein (Philosophy, Colorado)
  • Moderator: Joyce Chen (Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State)

4:15p - 5:45p: Session 6: LGBTQ Rights

Information on our fall conference, which focused on inequality in the US can be found here.
The Spring Conference is co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.