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ZYGO 1: 13 Reasons Why Not: Sensitive Topics in Media

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Sunday, September 17, 9p
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
When: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
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Intellectual Commons, DML 233
ZYGO [zygo /ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining]
The release of Netflix Originals 13 Reasons Why and To the Bone has sparked an important discussion about the perception and portrayal of mental health issues by the media. 13 Reasons Why consists of a series of episodes divided into “tapes,” created by character Hannah Baker, who has left the tapes behind in the wake of her suicide. To the Bone is a graphic portrayal of eating disorders, showcasing the reality of therapy, group comes, and compulsive exercising. Critics have pointed out how both have content that seemingly glamorizes depression, suicide, and eating disorders, while others support that they have reduced the stigma surrounding mental health by opening a discussion. Panelists will dive into all sides of the debate, from the ethics of how showing this type of content can influence viewers, to how trigger warnings may not be the quick fix to making sensitive content widely available. Lunch will be provided.
ZYGO is a joint program of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.  The series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum. 
2017-09-19
12:30 to 14:00
 
Quadrants One and Two

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
When: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

The Academy for Polymathic Study guides its enquiries through four flexible pathways or Quadrants:  (1) critical and integrative thinking; (2) study of the polymaths; (3) the tapestry of knowledge; and (4) communication.  In order to explicate these Quadrants more fully, Edwin McCann, professor of philosophy and English, will conduct four conversational workshops over the fall and spring terms from a philosophical, historical, and practical point of view.  Attendance at these two sessions covering all four quadrants is required for Academy certification.

 

Quadrants (1) critical and integrative thinking, and (2) study of the polymaths will be discussed.

Edwin McCann, Professor of Philosophy and English

A philosopher, literary scholar, and historian, Professor Ed McCann’s research interests center in the history of modern philosophy, especially Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Newton, Kant, and the great early 20th century polymath Ludwig Wittgenstein.  One example of his innovative approach to philosophical and historical inquiry, Professor McCann guides his students to view trials as crucial indicators of society coming to terms with threatening concepts and their implications.  Professor McCann is a treasure-trove of knowledge who patiently walks students through not only the complex historical conditions, but also the intellectual climate of each era.

2017-09-19
17:00 to 19:00