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SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3. Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]
SMU NEWS Originally Posted: March 12, 2020 READ THE FULL LETTER HERE Dear SMU community, Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, SMU will move students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23. The University is requesting that as many students as is possible leave the residence halls during Spring Break and remain home until April 5, as we expect normal operations to resume on April 6. International and other students who need to remain living in the residence halls should formally request approval from the Office of Residence Life and Student Housing to stay on campus. RLSH will send a message directly to residents containing additional information outlining the process. The campus [...]
Good Tech Bad Tech Originally Posted: March 4, 2020 Ken Daley, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy writes on the ethics of emerging technology in his blog Good Tech, Bad Tech. The task of keeping up with tech news has become rather harrowing as of late. The avalanche of information keeps the constant replacement of stories flowing and our attention overloaded. This has become so clearly the case that it’s easy to forget what happened just a few weeks ago. Facebook’s weak stance on political ads quickly became Google’s acquisition of our medical records before both companies then announced they would narrowly expand the minimum number of profiles required for targeted ads. In fact, I expect companies like Facebook bake our forgetting into their [...]
The Hill Originally Posted: February 27, 2020 Robert J. Howell is the chair of the Philosophy Department at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and is head of the SMU Technology, Society and Value Project. There is little doubt that privacy clauses and terms of service agreements don’t support the moral burden they are meant to carry. All too often they are designed to provide political cover rather than to generate informed consent. Not only does no one read them, but even if someone did and had the attention span and intelligence to follow them, it’s doubtful that they would find all the policies hidden in documents several clicks deep. Interesting fact: If the average American actually read all the policies they encountered, they would lose 76 [...]
goodtechbadtech.com Originally Posted: Feb. 24, 2020 Ken Daley, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy writes on the ethics of emerging technology in his blog Good Tech, Bad Tech. His latest post discusses the issue of personalization and the online experience. To read the details of this article or any others on his blog, click here.
Happy first day of classes! It is going to be a great year!
August 26, 2019 For better or worse, we live in interesting times. As stressful as these days can sometimes be, lived as they are amid warring headlines, political factions, and the constant sensory assault of social media, I take solace in the timely value of the work of my colleagues and students in the philosophy department. In an era of rants and tweets, what could we need more than logic, critical reasoning and sustained, concentrated thought? In an age where people of opposing viewpoints rarely talk to one another, what could be more helpful than studying the arguments on both sides of important issues so that we become clearer not only about what we think, but about what others think as well? When what is [...]
One day. For 24 hours on March 5, the entire SMU community will come together to give back and celebrate the causes we care about – supporting students, improving cities, educating teachers, fighting for justice, fueling champions – together, the possibilities are endless. Please consider supporting a Dedman College cause: Dedman College Scholars Dean’s Research Council SMU Human Rights SMU Fund for Dedman College Data Hackathon Challenges: Dean’s Research Council Match Gifts made to the Dedman College Dean’s Research Council will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Thank you to generous donors, Dr. Anthony Aramoonie ‘94 and Nicole Aramoonie for making this possible! Dedman College Scholars Challenge Support scholarships and help us meet the challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell ’66 and Peggy Higgins [...]