Cornel West (Princeton) and Simon Critchley (New School) will speak on Thursday night on the topic of “The Meaning of Ethical Commitment and the Possibility of Political Resistance” at the New School for Social Research. According to their website:
The program will be held on Thursday, Sept 20, at 8:00 p.m. in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. Admission is free, and no reservations required. Seating is first-come first-served. For more information call 212.807.9680
This promises to be an engaging evening, and I am really looking forward to it! I have heard Cornel West speak (though never in person), and I know Simon Critchley has a reputation as being an engaging speaker and professor as well. I often do not make time to attend cultural events such as this one; always working or studying instead. However, this is one of the reasons I live in New York–the culture, educational opportunities, and energy that comes from so many things happening all the time that work to expand horizons.
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The newest book in Bill Irwin’s The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, Family Guy and Philosophy just came out (the link is to my Amazon Store that helps in a very minor way to pay for this blog’s expenses). Too bad Amazon does not have the image for this book yet. It is partly thanks to this book that a wider audience gets exposed to philosophy at all. Philosophy as a discipline has gotten (perhaps even promoted?) the reputation that it writes for and speaks to only itself. While this is far from its roots in the Greeks, much of the philosophy in the English-speaking world has become more and more focused upon issues that do not have an immediate relevancy for ordinary people. Am I the only one who notices this and thinks that perhaps many in academia may be missing something here?
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I am teaching a new class beginning this Wednesday, Organizational Communication. Officially entitled Organizational Communication and its Social Context, the course is an undergraduate business course at Stern School of Business at New York University. From the Stern website:
In the sophomore year, you will take Organizational Communication & Its Social Context which reiterates themes introduced in Business and its Publics, as you study social processes of influence and persuasion and learn how to most effectively communicate your own verbal and written messages to different audiences.
In a little more detail from my syllabus:
Effective communicators take the lead in the workplace, and much of your future success in business depends on your ability to manage communication effectively As part of the Social Impact of Business Core, this course provides the theoretical fundamentals in communication, applies communication strategy to oral and written business assignments, and focuses on how organizations communicate to their varied internal and external stakeholders.
Furthermore, in the introduction to the Undergraduate College, it states:
At the NYU Stern Undergraduate College, our vision is to build, educate and inspire a community of socially engaged, intellectually vibrant, global leaders and thinkers. We achieve this through constant innovation, top-notch academics and a rich co-curricular experience that leverages our NYC location as well as NYU campuses worldwide.
While the course is full, so I am not actively trying to sell it (!), I wish I had a course like this when I was in school. I think the business curriculum, in general, has come a long way from the days of Enron and Bonfire of the Vanities. Let’s hope the students really internalize this . . .