November 25, 2022

Ethics Center Announces Fall 2022 Book Clubs | UGM News

Contact person: Sandra Borden

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society hosts a series of journal clubs during the fall semester that examine a variety of ethical issues ranging from segregation in the age of inequality to medical treatment of trans patients. Three-book talks begin Wednesday, October 5, and continue until the end of November. Attendees will purchase and read the books on their own, then join the facilitators for lively discussions. Books are provided free of charge to the first 10 people who sign up for a book club by registration no later than one week before the group’s first meeting.

“White Space, Black Hood: Hoarding Opportunity and Segregation in an Age of Inequality by Sheryll Cashin will be the first book of the center of the semester. Discussions will be led by Kathy Purnell, Senior Advocacy and Admissions Coordinator for the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan. The Fair Housing Center will host a free virtual conference on November 10 on Book Issues. This book introduces the concept of “fair housing” and the various discriminatory practices that have created the current inequalities in the housing market. It explores our collective historical choices as individuals and as a society that have maintained segregation and the ethical choices we face as we grapple with the housing crisis. Discussions will focus on fundamental issues of equity in economic and social burden sharing to create prosperous, equitable and opportunity-rich communities that welcome all. Meetings will take place online Wednesdays 5, 12 and 26 Oct. on Zoom to 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Trans medicine: the emergence and practice of gender treatment by stef shuster will be led by directed by WMU teacher’ssociology Chien-Juh Gu. silence will also give a talk at WMU on November 17. This book covers the ethical issue of many healthcare providers using informal evidence, as opposed to scientific evidence, to guide their decisions regarding medical interventions for transgender patients. How should they draw ethical boundaries when using non-scientific evidence in medical practice? What should doctors do when their code of professional ethics contradicts what they think is best for transgender patients? The meetings will be held in person Thursdays Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10 in room 3120 Sangren Hall at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Ten Myths of Israel ” by Ilan Pappe will be the last book in the center series. This discussion will be moderated by William Santiago-Valles, Emeritus Associate Professor of African Studies. This book deals with the most contested ideas about Israel’s past and present, including: the land and its indigenous peoples, Zionism, the events of 1948, the 1967 war, Camp David and the Oslo Accords, and a two-state solution. Meetings will take place online Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Nov. on Zoom to 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students can earn WMU Signature credit for any journal club they attend all scheduled meetings for. To learn more about the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and its journal clubs, visit

About the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

In August 1985, the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society was established after WMU faculty from all programs met to discuss their common interests in the study and teaching of ethics. ‘ethics. Each academic year, the center sponsors 15-20 public presentations addressing a wide range of ethical issues. Originally sponsored by WMU’s Graduate College, the center is now hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

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