CEHV'S Top Videos: A Review

June 12, 2022

CEHV'S Top Videos: A Review

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Since 2014, CEHV has hosted more than 150 events and posted 125 videos from those events on our YouTube Channel. We thought this summer would be a good time to look back and share some of our most-viewed videos [embedded below].

Many more videos on a wide range of topics including religious freedom, environmental sustainability, the role of technology, and research integrity can be found HERE.

CEHV's Video Review

1. COMPAS Colloquium: "Markets and Inequality"

Speakers: Darrick Hamilton, Richard Reeves, Dana Howard (moderator)

One of the key arguments in favor of markets is that they’re engines of prosperity and innovation, that by unleashing human creativity and lifting millions of people out of poverty they’ve promoted progress more dramatically than any other force in human history. One of the key criticisms of markets is that they tend to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few, entrenching the privileges of the wealthy and creating power disparities that ripple across social and political life.

This COMPAS Colloquium, part of the 2021-22 COMPAS Program on Markets and Inequality, was part of a series exploring the tension between, and considering possible ways of harmonizing, these two positions.


2. "The Meaning of America"

Speaker: Danielle Allen 

Danielle Allen (James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University) delivered the 2019-20 Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on "The Meaning of America: Laying a New Foundation for Commitment to American Democracy and One Another." Professor Allen's keynote was also convened in conjunction with the 2019-20 COMPAS Program "What is America?"



3. CARE Panel: "The Ethics of Community Engaged Research"

Speakers: Charles Weijer, Susan Melsop, Abigail Shoben

There has been a recent push for community engaged research, particularly when the research is conducted across cultural, structural and economic differences. This panel examined what exactly ought to count as engaging a community as a research partner.

What constitutes a community in the first place? Can individual representatives be recruited to speak for the community? If so, who? How do our common research practices and norms – such as informed consent and authorship - change when we engage the community? How do we measure the success of a project's  community engagement?


4. "Hermeneutical Injustice and Disability Pride"

Speaker: Elizabeth Barnes

In this keynote, Elizabeth Barnes (Philosophy, University of Virginia) argues for the philosophical importance of Disability Pride. While the benefits of pride movements are generally seen as emotive (they help us feel a sense of solidarity, they help us overcome shame, etc.), Barnes argues that pride also plays a crucial epistemic role: the availability of Disability Pride doesn't just affect how we feel about disability, it affects what we can know about disability.


5. "What is Wrong with Inequality?"

Speaker: Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen (Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University) delivered CEHV's First Annual CEHV Distinguished Lecture in Ethics in 2017.

Avoidance of inequality is one of the important social values which have been championed for a long time. This ethical judgment has become particularly relevant in the contemporary world both because of the growing visibility of persistent inequality and because of a greater understanding of the need to justify social features that conflict with our values, especially in democratic societies. However, we have to ask: why does inequality appear socially unreasonable to us at all?

In this lecture, Sen discusses three answers to the question "What is wrong with inequality?"


6. "Excellence and Impact: Shared Values for a 21st Century Land-Grant University"

Speakers: Harry Brighouse, Winston C. Thompson (moderator)

"Excellence and Impact: Shared Values for a 21st Century Land-Grant University" was the inaugural event in CEHV's Community Conversations series, launched in spring semester 2021 in connection with Ohio State's Shared Values Initiative. The Community Conversations series encourages reflection on the values that shape life and work at the university.


7. CARE Panel: "Genomics Research with Indigenous Communities"

Speakers: Katrina Claw, Matthew Anderson, Daniel Rivers 

Recently, genomic research has allowed us to take great strides in predicting disease susceptibility and optimizing treatments. However, Indigenous peoples, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, remain underrepresented and understudied in genetic and clinical health research and so are less likely to benefit from these important advances.

Given past violations of research ethics, lack of community engagement and transparency, many members of indigenous communities are unwilling to share personal health information, including DNA, with the research community. How should researchers approach these communities in ways that build trust, foster collaboration, and support equitable outcomes?


8. COMPAS Panel: "Mass Incarceration" 

Speakers: Townsand Price-Spratlen, Sara Wakefield, Robert Bennett III (moderator)

"Mass Incarceration" was a panel held as part of CEHV's Fall 2016 COMPAS Conference "When Do Inequalities Matter?" (the first conference of the 2016-17 COMPAS Program on Inequality). Looking at policy issues at the heart of debates about inequality, the conference engaged questions about poverty and opportunity, individual well-being and institutional justice, and the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship, as well as the social and political effects of class, race, gender, and other factors. 


9. COMPAS Panel: "What is the American Dream?"

Speakers: Darrick Hamilton, J.D. Vance, Gretchen Ritter (moderator)

Is the American dream still alive? Who is and is not included in its promise? What does it require of us today? What is the relationship between its various parts; between freedom, democracy, opportunity, and prosperity?

This panel was part of the 2019-20 COMPAS Program "What is America?"


10. "How to be an Anticapitalist for the 21st Century"

Speaker: Erik Olin Wright (Sociology, University of Wisconsin Madison)

Capitalism seems to most people an unalterable force of nature. Social democratic hopes of taming capitalism by neutralizing its harmful effects through decisive state regulations have been undermined by the globalization and financialization of capital. Revolutionary ambitions of smashing capitalism through a ruptural seizure of state power, a coercive dissolution of capitalist institutions and their replacement by an emancipatory alternative, lack credibility.

In this lecture, held as part of the COMPAS Program on Inequality, Erik Olin Wright argues that there may be a different route that points beyond capitalism: eroding capitalism by building emancipatory alternatives to capitalism in the spaces and cracks within capitalist economies and struggling to defend and expand those spaces. 

11. COMPAS Panel: "Who’s Essential? The Ethics of COVID Vaccination"

Speakers: Anne Barnhill, Govind Persad, Courtney Thiele (moderator)

The approval of the COVID-19 vaccines raises difficult ethical questions about how the vaccine should be distributed and administered. Should priority be given to those who are at the greatest risk of death or serious complications from the virus, or to front-line workers whose immunity would allow schools and business to re-open more quickly? To what extent can these aims be balanced against one another?

This Zoom panel was held as part of CEHV's 2020-21 COMPAS Program on COVID-19.


12. "Inequality: The Enemy Between Us?"

Speaker: Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson (Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham), co-author of the international bestseller The Spirit Level, delivered the keynote address at the Fall 2016 COMPAS Conference on Inequality.


13. CARE Panel: "The Ethics of Paying Research Subjects"

Speakers: Govind Persad, Maria F. Gallo, Amanda Robinson 

It is common practice to offer payment to research subjects, either to enhance recruitment or to enable people to participate without financial sacrifice. While common, the practice is highly contentious. Some worry that paying subjects unduly influences their choice to participate, by impairing their judgment or by giving them an offer they cannot refuse. Others argue that we do not pay research participants enough, making participation for research overly burdensome for some already marginalized populations.

Questions discussed in this panel include the following: Is it ever wrong to offer money for research participation? Is some payment too much or too little? What alternatives to monetary compensation are appropriate? Who should decide how much research subjects get paid?