“The Things Money Can’t Buy”

Center for Ideas and Society lecture series begins Nov. 18 in Palm Desert

Paul D'Anieri

UCR Provost Paul D’Anieri will discuss prospects for a new Cold War on Nov. 18.

PALM DESERT – The new season of the UCR Center for Ideas and Society lecture series in the Coachella Valley begins Tuesday, Nov. 18, at UCR Palm Desert on the topic democracy.

The theme of the 2014-15 series is “The Things Money Can’t Buy,” and speakers will explore topics such as democracy, immortality, longevity and ethics – subjects that illuminate the ways in which people create and explore a distinctly human life. Lectures are free, including parking. They are held inside the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Each presentation will be followed by a brief question-and-answer period.

The Center for Ideas and Society is an interdisciplinary research center at UC Riverside dedicated to advancing humanistic studies and creativity.

This year’s lectures and themes are:

Democracy
“Finding Peace in a Post-Cold War World”
Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

UCR Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul D’Anieri, a political scientist whose expertise is in Eastern European and post-Soviet affairs, will discuss whether a new Cold War is emerging with events in Ukraine and what that might mean for the world.

Immortality
“Would you choose to live forever?”
Jan. 14, 6 p.m.

Immortality curmudgeons such as Bernard Williams argue that living forever would not be choice-worthy for human beings. John Fischer, UCR distinguished professor of philosophy and director of The Immortality Project, argues for a more optimistic view of immortality, one that offers an increasing amount of hope for humans.

Longevity
“More Precious than Gold: The Paths to Long, Richly Rewarding Lives”
Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

This discussion draws on the empirical work of The Longevity Project. Leslie Martin, professor and chair of psychology at La Sierra University and UCR alumna, will highlight some of the most powerful predictors of longevity as well as some of the biggest surprises.

Ethics
“A Theory of Jerks”
March 11, 6 p.m.

Are you surrounded by morons? Does the world seem to you to be full of boring idiots? If so, you might be a jerk! Eric Schwitzgebel, UCR professor of philosophy, offers a general theory of the nature of jerkitude. Schwitzgebel will also talk about their opposite – sweethearts.

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