2013 Institute: Our People and Institute Details Archive

ARCHIVE: Past (2013) Institute information below. For current institute, see http://nehphl.web2.cal.msu.edu/
NEH Scholars (2013): Corwin Aragon, Tayo Basquiat, Steven Brown,
Max Cherem, Serena Cosgrove, Harry Coverston,
Abi Doukhan, Debra Erickson, Lily Frank,
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Sara Gavrell,
Alba Hesselroth, David Hoekema, Chioke I’Anson,
Lori Keleher, Serene Khader, Stacy Kosko,
Sidra Lawrence, Johanna Luttrell, Bindu Madhok,
Julie McDonald, Rekha Nath, Eddy Souffrant,
Eileen Wallis, Daniel Whelan 


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Fred Gifford is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Faculty Associate in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University. He is also the director of MSU’s graduate specialization in Ethics and Development. His research and teaching interests include philosophy of science and ethics, especially topics at their intersection, including medicine and health, agricultural biotechnology and development ethics. Much of his recent work has focused on ethical and methodological issues in clinical trials and research more generally, including the ethics of research in developing nations. He developed and has taught eight times a Study Abroad program, “Ethics and History of Development and Health Care in Costa Rica”, which explores bioethics and health care justice as well as ethical issues concerning public health, environment and development. He co-edited with Stephen Esquith Capabilities, Power, and Institution: Toward a More Critical Development Ethics (Penn State, 2010).

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Eric Palmer is Professor of Philosophy at Allegheny College. He is board treasurer of the International Development Ethics Association. His recent work in development ethics lies at the interfaces of ethics, economics and business. Specific studies concern multinational corporate responsibility in light of practices of resource extraction in developing nations, and vulnerability and finance as displayed in for-profit credit schemes directed at the poor in less developed nations (in microfinance) and more developed nations (through credit cards and payday lending). He argues that corporate responsibility in each of these areas of business, when viewed through the lens of Amartya Sen’s capability approach to development, implies specific duties for finance capital and multinational corporate activity; and he argues that these duties may reasonably apply even in a libertarian ethical framework.


Graduate Student Assistants:


My Name is Mlađo Ivanović and I am presently a Doctoral student of philosophy at Michigan State University. My research interests are in 20th century Continental Philosophy and Social and Political Theory, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of Critical Social Theory, Poststructuralism and recent developments in Global Justice. I am currently working on an online certificate program for my department that deals with issues tied with human rights, violence, global practices and development.

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Anna Malavisi is a doctoral student in philosophy, specialization in ethics and development. She has a Master of Health and International Development and has worked for 16 years in Latin America in the NGO sector in areas of development practice and management. Her philosophical interests include: ethics, feminist philosophy/epistemology, social and political thought and the philosophy of violence. Her dissertation will consider the importance of epistemic justice for global development.

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Samantha Noll is a doctoral student in philosophy with a focus in environmental philosophy, philosophy of science, and social/political philosophy. She is also pursuing the animal studies specialization, the gender, justice, and environmental change (GJEC) specialization, and the development ethics specialization. Her research interests include understanding how embodied knowledge or “know how” influences our relationships with the land and with nonhuman others. Samantha’s work also focuses on the ethics of agriculture and food systems. She was active in community supported agriculture projects in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

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Aidan Sprague-Rice: Is the person behind the scenes who pops onto the scene: He is approaching his dissertation, and is focused on alternatives to capitalism, in the context of an investigation of Habermas and positive freedom.

Visiting Speakers:

Frances Stewart

Frances Stewart is Professor Emeritus in Development Economics at Oxford and Past President of the Human Development and Capability Association. She was Director of the Oxford Department of International Development from 1993-2003 and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) at the department between 2003 and 2010. Among her many publications are UNICEF’s influential study, Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987, co-authored with Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Richard Jolly). Stewart is also editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008), co-editor of War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001), and co-editor pf a number of other recent collections in development studies. She has directed a number of major research programmes including several financed by the UK Government’s Department for International Development, and others by the Swedish Development Agency and the Carnegie Corporation.


David Crocker is Professor at the Instiute of Public Policy University of Maryland, where he directs the School’s specialization in International Development. He specializes in international development ethics, sociopolitical philosophy, transitional justice, democracy, and democratization. He is the author of Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2008). From 2007-2012 he directed the College Park Scholars Program in Public Leadership at UMD. Earlier Dr. Crocker taught philosophy at Colorado State University, where he established one of the world’s first courses in ethics and international development. He was a visiting professor at the University of Munich, was twice a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Costa Rica, held the UNESCO Chair in Development at the University of Valencia (Spain), and taught at the National Autonomous University of Honduras and the University of Chile. He has been chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, an officer of the Human Development and Capability Association, and a founder and president of the International Development Ethics Association. He has been a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and the World Bank. His work focuses on the importance of more inclusive and deliberative democratic institutions through development ethics, the capability approach, and democratic theory and practice.

Leela Fernandes.

Leela Fernandes is Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan.  She studies the relationship between politics and culture through both qualitative empirical research and theoretical scholarship, and her research examines the ways in which cultural meanings, practices and identities shape political behavior and deepen our explanations of political conflicts and processes. She has pursued this research agenda through extensive field research on labor politics, democratization and the politics of economic reform in India. Her focus on identity, culture and politics has led her to work extensively on qualitative and interdisciplinary methods including ethnographic and interpretive methods. Her publications include Producing Workers (UPenn Press, 1997)Transforming Feminist Practice (Aunt Lute Books, 2003), India’s New Middle Class (Minnesota, 2006), andTransnational Feminism in the United States (NYU Press, 2013). Professor Fernandes previously taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and Oberlin College and is currently the South Asia Editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies.

Sandra Harding

Sandra Harding is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her teaching and research interests include feminist and postcolonial theory, epistemology, research methodology and philosophy of science. Harding is the author of many books, including The Science Question in Feminism (Cornell, 1986), Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? (Cornell, 1991), Is Science Multicultural? (Indiana, 1998), Science and Social Inequality (2006) Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities, (Duke, 2008). Her most recent edited collection is The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader (Duke, 2011). She has served as a consultant on epistemology and philosophy of science issues for several UN organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization; the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.


Bronwyn Leebaw is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Riverside. She received her PhD. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught courses in human rights, political theory, international politics, transitional justice, and feminist theory. Her research has examined the changing relationship between human rights and humanitarian movements, the development of truth commissions and war crimes tribunals, and diverse approaches to transitional justice. A new project examines efforts to establish accountability for the environmental legacies of conflict. She is the author of Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Jay Drydyk is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University. He is interested in how human rights, justice, and democracy can be understood from global and cross-cultural perspectives. His work on the values of development ethics and on disempowering processes arises from two projects on development-induced displacement, one funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and another on empowerment funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Through this research, he has worked with colleagues in India to study ethical risks that arise when development displaces people and their communities. He is the author of numerous journal publications and co-author with Peter Penz and Pablo S. Bose of Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is past President of the International Development Ethics Association and a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.


Nigel Dower is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. His main research interests are in the fields of the ethics/philosophy of development/aid, environment and international relations – all parts of the field of global ethics. Much of his research work has stemmed from his involvement in the 1970s in several organizations campaigning for a more just and peaceful world, through membership of the World Development Movement and the United Nations Association. His work has also focused on the challenge of globalization, especially its implications for our understanding of global civil society, on global citizenship, on human rights, on the relevance of the Earth Charter, and on the widening but contested understanding of security. Recently he has written on the ethics of climate change and is currently writing an article on climate change and development and on the ethics of sustainability. He is the author of World Poverty Challenge and Response (Ebor Press 1983); World Ethics: The New Agenda (Edinburgh University Press, 1998; 2nd Edition 2007); and An Introduction to Global Citizenship, Edinburgh University Press, 2003) and The Ethics of War and Peace (Polity, 2009). He is a past President of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) (2002-2006).


Des Gasper works at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, which is a graduate school within Erasmus University Rotterdam. He teaches public policy analysis and discourse analysis, as well as periodically on development ethics; and sometimes in programs elsewhere, including in the past at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Namibia, and BRAC University in Bangladesh. Prior to this he worked through the 1980s in Africa. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Global Ethics and Africanus. He was visiting professor at the School of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, 2004-7, affiliated with its Research Centre on Well-Being in Developing Countries; and is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association. Gasper studied economics, international development, policy analysis and evaluation at the universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, in Britain, obtaining a doctorate in development studies from the University of East Anglia. His research interests are: human security and human development, migration, and development ethics; methodologies of policy analysis and policy discourse analysis; and climate change. His publications include: Arguing Development Policy (co-edited with R. Apthorpe; Frank Cass, 1996); The Ethics of Development: From Economism to Human Development (Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2004); Development Ethics (edited with A. Lera St. Clair; Ashgate, 2010); Transnational Migration and Human Security (edited with T-D. Truong; Springer, 2011); Migration, Gender and Social Justice – perspectives on human insecurity (edited with T-D. Truong et al.; Springer, 2013).


Resident Guest Lecturers:

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University. In addition to his position in the Department of Philosophy, he serves on the MSU faculties in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics and the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State in 2003, Thompson was the Joyce and Edward E. Brewer Professor of Applied Ethics at Purdue University. From 1980 until 1997, he held a joint appointment in philosophy and agricultural economics at Texas A&M University. He is the author of 13 books and editions, such as The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics; The Ethics of Aid and Trade; Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective, and co-editor of The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism. He has served on many national and international committees on agricultural biotechnology and contributed to the National Research Council report The Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants. He is a Past President of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society and the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and is Secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. He has continuing interests in environmental and agricultural ethics.


Richard Peterson is Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University where he has served as chair of the Philosophy Department and director of Peace and Justice Studies. He studied at the University of California/Berkeley and earned his PhD at SUNY/Buffalo.  In 1999, he was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Potsdam in Germany.  The focus of his research has been on social approaches to knowledge and rationality, conceptions of race and racism, differential forms of violence, and the promise of a human rights ethic. His main publications are Democratic Philosophy and the Politics of Knowledge (Penn State, 1996) and articles on Marx, Foucault, race, multiculturalism, human rights, and various aspects of violence. He is currently working on a book manuscript about conceptions of violence and nonviolence and a project on philosophical aspects of media.


Stephen Esquith is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University. He has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. He is the author of Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. He has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He has led development ethics study abroad programs in Mali, and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. His latest book, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Penn State, 2010), addresses mass violence and democratic political education. He also co-edited with Fred Gifford Capabilities, Power, and Institution: Toward a More Critical Development Ethics (Penn State, 2010).

Kyle Whyte

Kyle Whyte is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University and affiliated faculty for Peace and Justice Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, the Center for Regional Food Systems, Animal Studies and American Indian Studies. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Dr. Whyte writes on environmental justice, the philosophy of technology and American Indian philosophy. His most recent research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples. His articles have appeared in journals such as Synthese, Human Ecology, Journal of Global Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics,Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Philosophy & Technology, Ethics, Policy & Environment, Environmental Justice, and Continental Philosophy Review. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Spencer Foundation. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Public Philosophy, Michigan Environmental Justice Work Group, and volunteer for the annual Growing Our Food System conference in Lansing, Michigan.




Further Institute Details

 Last update: Aug 4 — update to meeting schedule

Please note: The details found in this section are in development, and they will undergo significant changes leading up to the date of the Institute. For the moment, they will provide a window onto specific plans for the Institute. You will find below:

  • Descriptive Summary of the Institute
  • Daily Timetable
  • Readings

Descriptive Summary:


The Institute takes place Monday July 22 to Friday August 16, 2013. As soon as possible after being admitted to the Institute (early April), participants will receive housing information, an advance reading list and other current Institute information. Several weeks before the start date, communication will be supported through a dedicated blog site that will serve as a center for updates to reading material, planning information, and participant discussion and feedback. Participants’ writing about their interests and proposed projects will allow us all, speakers, directors and participants, to see who we will be working with, and help facilitate the formation of participant focus or working groups that will meet regularly over the span of the institute. These groups should foster critique and development of writing, as well as possibilities for co-authorship, collective publication, and conference organization.

Each week will be constituted by the following sessions: Each of the two visiting scholars will present their work and lead discussion in two 2 or 2 ½ hour sessions, with another hour for summary and debriefing. Another session will be led by an MSU resident expert. A 2-hour “End of the Week” panel will include all of the speakers. Two other sessions will take up the work of the participant groups, and another session is planned to wrap up the week’s work.


Thematic Description of Weeks:

Week 1: World Poverty, Development Economics and the Capabilities Approach

Frances Stewart and David Crocker

MSU resident guest faculty: Paul Thompson

The first week will be devoted to the introduction of two framing perspectives of development ethics: one practical, one theoretical. Frances Stewart, Professor Emeritus, past Director of the Oxford Department of International Development from 1993-2003, and recently Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), has been deeply involved in intergovernmental development discussions from their early days: the era in which the Basic Needs Approach was discussed, leading to the first United Nations Human Development Report (1990), for which she was a consulting economist alongside Amartya Sen, for a project headed by Mahbub al Haq. Stewart will provide us the long view, both political and philosophical, as well as her current reflections on the state of the field.

David Crocker will provide us with a grand map of the field of development ethics per se. He and Nigel Dower, whose visit will close the Institute in the fourth week, are two of the most senior of development ethicists. Each has worked in the field since the 1970’s, and they are the Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland and the Honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, respectively. Both were present, along with others among our speakers, at the conception of the International Development Ethics Association in 1984, at a seminar on “Ethics and Third World Development” organized by Crocker as part of a World Federation of Future Studies Conference held at the University of Costa Rica.

Crocker’s recent survey of the field, Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability and Deliberative Democracy (2009), alongside other Institute readings, will provide literature to support the history of the field. It will also serve to introduce discussion of the capability approach to development, the theoretical center-post of much discussion within development ethics for most of twenty years. An aim, and an effect, of this approach has been to displace measures of economic growth from the center of development discourse.


Week 2: Epistemology and Critique of Development and Development Ethics

Leela Fernandes and Sandra Harding

MSU resident guest faculty: Richard Peterson

Leela Fernandes and Sandra Harding provide critical reflection upon the practice of development as, in some respects, an oppressive activity of entrenched power.

A central dimension of Professor Fernandes’ research is the study of gender in shaping cultural, economic and political processes. She has worked on theories of intersectionality and has also examined the gendered dimensions of nationalism and transnationalism. An ongoing foundation of Professor Fernandes’ research is the study of social inequality with a particular emphasis on researching and theorizing class identity and inequality. The Institute will make a careful study of portions of her very recently published Transnational Feminism in the United States.

Post-colonial theory and feminist theory each cast a different light on oppression in the development context by drawing from analysis of both modern gender relations and the practices of Western colonialism. Sandra Harding, Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and long a participant in the third wave of feminism, has added a third dimension to such critique by arguing that scientific knowledge is a site of similar oppressive relations with a global reach. Just as she re-read the relations of gender in western practices of science in The Science Question in Feminism a quarter-century ago, and in Is Science Multicultural? in 1998, Harding now engages in a project of re-thinking the political relations that accompany knowledge production and technological deployment between western and non-western societies. She considers the possibility of alternative systems of science that engage the authority of indigenous understanding, particularly insofar as its development has allowed for sustainability and empowerment in development contexts.


Saturday, Aug. 3: Weekend site visit: Detroit redevelopment (all day)

On the second Saturday of the Institute, we will travel as a group to Detroit, a site of notable urban change and home to one of the most vital urban agriculture movements in the country. We will observe and reflect on a number of important community programs and redevelopment projects, including Earthworks Urban Farm, where community members grow food for a local soup kitchen and seek to build a local food system through education and community development; and Hantz Farm, the largest urban agriculture project in the US. Detroit, which has experienced a 25% population decline in the past decade, and a 60% decline from its peak fifty years ago, has significant development challenges. The experience will allow us to consider seriously that themes of development that are typically seen as concerning the Global South are very much current to processes found in the Global North.


Week 3: Ethical failures in politics: Violence and Displacement

Bronwyn Leebaw and Jay Drydyk

MSU resident guest faculty: Stephen Esquith

For the third week, Institute faculty will explore the roles of disempowerment and empowerment, in orderly development and in political failures and returns to order that greatly influence development. Conflict leading to state-sponsored atrocities and subsequent reconciliation will be a focus for the first speaker, and state-mandated displacement of populations and their re-settlement will be a focus of the second. Their presentations will explore grounds for holding agents responsible for injustice, will propose how those responsibilities ought to be met, and will consider how individuals can be further motivated to recognize and meet their responsibilities.

Bronwyn Leebaw, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Riverside, will guide participants through contemporary analysis of the nature and structure of state-sponsored atrocities, of proposals for transitional justice, and of debates over the justness of different paths to reconciliation. Her work highlights transitional justice: how communities, states, and institutions reckon with and remember past abuses in contexts of political transition. She will examine transitional structures such as war crimes tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, and less familiar paths, including indigenous practices. Leebaw will consider the challenges associated with judging politically authorized abuse that involves widespread and varied forms of complicity, and inquire into ways in which parties such as complicit bystanders can be motivated to meet the responsibilities they have. In Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change (Cambridge, 2011), Leebaw proposes a humanitarian solution, layered with humanistic nuance.

Jay Drydyk, like David Crocker, is both past president of the International Development Ethics Association and Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, and he is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His research on the injustices that accompany major development projects has generated a thoughtful survey, notable especially for its empirical focus:Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (with Pablo S. Bose and Peter Penz, Cambridge, 2011). Drydyk’s current project, “Global Ethics, Capabilities, and Human Rights,” examines the capacity of diverse moral outlooks to reach agreement on practical conclusions, including the right to development. Drydyk reframes the categories of analysis familiar in capability theory and constructs from these categories a new answer to the question, “What is (good) development?” In his presentation, Drydyk will articulated development in terms of seven values, arguing that development is worthwhile insofar as it enhances (i) human well-being, (ii) equity, (iii) empowerment, (iv) human rights, (v) environmental sustainability, (vi) cultural freedom, and (vii) integrity, as opposed to corruption. From this unifying account, he argues, central debates in development ethics can be understood as debates over the meanings of these values in development contexts – especially the values of well-being, equity, and empowerment.


Week 4: Development and Global Ethics

Des Gasper, Nigel Dower

MSU resident guest faculty: Kyle Whyte

Our final week returns our discussion to the big picture; a return that Drydyk has already ushered in with his proposal for characterizing development. Des Gasper and Nigel Dower provide general reflections on development ethics and its utility, in issues of practical ethics, peace studies, human rights and sustainability. Each is author of one among the few survey treatments of ethics in the area (Gasper, Ethics of Development, Edinburgh: 2004; Dower, World Ethics, Edinburgh: 1998).

Des Gasper is an economist and policy analyst who spent most of the 1980s working in southern Africa, with the Government of Botswana and the University of Zimbabwe. He continues his connection to African universities, and since 1989 he has worked at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, where he holds a professorship teaching public policy and management, economics, development ethics. Gasper situates himself as a theorist whose focus is Janus-faced, arguing with philosophers for the sake of practical relevance, and to practitioners concerning the importance of philosophical reflection within their activities. Like Stewart, he is involved in discussion of policy that places human security at its center.

Much of Nigel Dower’s research work has stemmed from his involvement in the 1970s in several organizations campaigning for a more just and peaceful world, through membership of the World Development Movement and the United Nations Association. The span of his career reflects a broad engagement in applied ethics, with development and cosmopolitan concerns usually at the center of his attention. Dower’s work has also focused on the challenge of globalization, especially its implications for our understanding of global civil society, on global citizenship, on human rights, on the relevance of the Earth Charter, on the widening but contested understanding of security, and recently on the ethics of climate change.

The final sessions of the Institute will be used to pull together our insights concerning the specific themes of the Institute and of the field of ethics and development in collaboration with these visiting lecturers. We expect that some results from the ongoing small group meetings, as well as plans for future collaboration, will also be provided in our closing discussions.



Daily Timetable (version August 4 : please check for updates during the Institute)

Week 1 (July 22 – July 26)

World Poverty, Development Economics and the Capabilities Approach
Visiting Speakers: Frances Stewart, David Crocker
Resident Guest Lecturer: Paul Thompson


Monday, July 22

9:00 – 9:15                             Coffee

9:15 – 10:30                          Institute Introduction

10:30 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 11:45                       Institute Introduction – Logistics and Orientation

11:45 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Frances Stewart: Session 1 –The Evolving Agenda: How and Why Ideas of Progress Have


2:30 – 2:45                             Coffee

2:45 – 4:00                             Frances Stewart: Session 2 –The Capability Approach: Are Social Aspects Neglected?


Tuesday, July 23

9:00 – 10:15                          Frances Stewart: Session 3 – Justice, Inequality, and Peace

10:15 – 10:30                       Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                       Frances Stewart: Session 4 – What’s Wrong with Happiness as a Measure of Progress?

11:45 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:15                             Frances Stewart – Summary/Debrief Session

2:15 – 2:30                             Coffee

2:30 – 3:45                             David Crocker: Session 1 – From the Ethics of Aid to Development Ethics
3:45 – 4:00                             Initial Assortment into Small Groups


Wednesday, July 24

9:00 – 10:15                          David Crocker: Session 2 – Insiders and Outsiders in International Development

10:15 – 10:30                       Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                       David Crocker: Session 3 – Agency-oriented Development: Beyond Sen and Nussbaum

11:45 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             David Crocker: Session 4 – Implementing Deliberative Development: Trade Policy and


2:30 – 4:30                             Participant Small Group Sessions


Thursday, July 25

9:00 – 10:15                          Resident Guest Lecturer: Paul Thompson – Food Ethics

10:15 – 10:30                       Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                       Resident Guest Lecturer: Paul Thompson – Discussion

11:45 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:15                             David Crocker: Summary/Debrief Session

2:15 – 2:30                             Coffee

2:30 – 4:30                             End of Week Panel


Friday, July 26

9:00 – 10:15                             Kyle Whyte: About Detroit

10:15 – 12:00                           Participant Small Group Sessions

Afternoon Free

Week 2 (July 29 – August 2)

Epistemology and Critique of Development and Development Ethics
Visiting Speakers: Leela Fernandes, Sandra Harding
Resident Guest Lecturer: Richard Peterson


Monday, July 29

9:00 – 10:15                          Leela Fernandes: The Ethical Dilemmas of Transnational Research and Practice

10:15 – 10:30                       Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                       Leela Fernandes: Discussion

11:45 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Sandra Harding: Session 1 – Rethinking Research on Development: Epistemological and                                                                                     Methodological Issues

2:30 – 2:45                             Coffee

2:45 – 4:15                             Discussion (participant-driven): Harding & Fernandes


Tuesday, July 30

9:00 – 10:15                             Review of Past Week

10:15 – 10:30                           Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                           Sandra Harding: Session 2 – From Adding Women to Development to Sustainable

Development for Women

11:50 – 1:15                             Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                                Sandra Harding: Session 3 – Is Development Gendered?

2:30 – 4:00                                Participant Small Group Discussions


Wednesday, July 31

9:00 – 10:15                             Sandra Harding: Session 4 – Is Development Gendered? (Part Two)

10:15 – 10:30                           Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                           Sandra Harding: Summary/Debrief

11:45 – 1:15                             Lunch

1:15 – 3:15                                Plenary Discussion of our Group Session Work

3:15 – 3:30                                Coffee

3:30 – 4:30                                NEH Officer Julia Nguyen (Discussion of Institute)


Thursday, August 1

9:00 – 10:15                             Resident Guest Lecturer: Richard Peterson – Ethics and Development Through Critical Social


10:15 – 10:30                           Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                           Resident Guest Lecturer: Richard Peterson – Discussion

11:45 – 1:15                             Lunch

1:15 – 3:15                                End of Week Panel

3:15 – 4:30                                Participant Small Group Sessions


Friday, August 2

9:00 – 10:15                             Summary/Debrief Session for the Week

10:15 – 10:30                           Coffee

10:30 – 11:45                           Detroit: Further Discussion

Afternoon Free


Saturday, August 3            Trip to Detroit: Bus leaves after breakfast (8:15 AM), returns before dinner.

Week 3 (August 5 – August 9)

Ethical Failures in Politics: Violence and Displacement
Visiting Speakers: Bronwyn Leebaw, Jay Drydyk
Resident Guest Lecturer: Stephen Esquith
Monday, August 5

9:00 – 10:15                          Bronwyn Leebaw: Session 1 – Overview of Scholarship on Transitional Justice

10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Bronwyn Leebaw: Session 2 – The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Bronwyn Leebaw: Session 3 – Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms

2:30 – 2:45                             Coffee

2:45-3:45                                Reflection on Past Week

3:45-4:45                                Participant Small Group Sessions


Tuesday, August 6

9:00 – 10:15                          Resident Guest Lecturer: Steve Esquith – The Political Responsibility of Global Bystanders:

The Case of Mali

10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Resident Guest Lecturer: Steve Esquith – Discussion

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:15                             Bronwyn Leebaw: Session 4 – Resistance, Rescue, and Protest as a Response to Political


2:15 – 2:45                             Coffee

2:45 – 3:45                             Bronwyn Leebaw: Summary/Debrief Session


Wednesday, August 7

9:00 – 10:15                          Jay Drydyk: Session 1 – Displacement by Development, and a Role for Development


10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Jay Drydyk: Session 2 – Using the Values of Development Ethics to Diagnose


12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Jay Drydyk: Session 3 – Realizing the Rights of Displaced People, with Implications for

Climate Migrants

2:30 – 4:00                             Participant Small Group Sessions


Thursday, August 8

9:00 – 10:00                          Jay Drydyk: Summary/Debrief Session

10:00 – 10:15                       Coffee

10:15 – 12:00                       End of Week Panel

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Jay Drydyk: Session 4 – What is Empowerment?

2:30-2:50                                Coffee

3:00-4:00                                Meet at Broad Museum


Friday, August 9

9:00 – 11:00                          Tentative: office hours with Jay Drydyk

1:30                                            Meet at Mason for carpool to Peckham (return by 4)



Week 4 (August 12 – August 16)

Global Ethics and Sustainable Development

Visiting Speakers: Des Gasper, Nigel Dower

Resident Guest Lecturer: Kyle Whyte


Monday, August 12

9:00 – 10:15                          Nigel Dower: Session 1 – Global Ethics and Cosmopolitanism

10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Nigel Dower: Session 2 – Sustainable Development

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Resident Guest Lecturer: Kyle Whyte: Session 1 – Indigenous Peoples and Rights

2:30 – 3:00                             Coffee

3:00 – 4:15                             Resident Guest Lecturer: Kyle Whyte: Session 2 – Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change

                                                                        and Development


Tuesday, August 13

9:00 – 10:15                          Nigel Dower: Session 3 – A Version of Cosmopolitanism

10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Nigel Dower: Session 4 – Sustainability Ethics and Cosmopolitanism

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:15                             Nigel Dower: Summary/Debrief Session

2:15 – 2:45                             Coffee

2:45 – 4:00                             Des Gasper: Session 1 – The Conception of Human Security


Wednesday, August 14

9:00 – 10:15                          Des Gasper: Session 2 – Climate Change, Human Rights, Human Security

10:15 – 10:45                       Coffee

10:45 – 12:00                       Des Gasper: Session 3 – What is the Point of University Education in Development Ethics?

12:00 – 1:15                          Lunch

1:15 – 2:30                             Des Gasper: Session 4 – How Can We Teach Development Ethics?

2:30 – 4:00                             Participant Small Group Sessions


Thursday, August 15

9:00 – 10:00                          Des Gasper: Summary/Debrief Session

10:00 – 10:30                       Coffee

10:30 — 12:15                      End of Week Panel

12:15 – 1:30                          Lunch

1:30 – 3:30                             Participant Small Group Sessions


Friday, August 16

9:00 – 12:00                          End of Institute Discussion: Summary and New Directions


Reading List

Most institute readings may be found at (private resource: email epalmer@allegheny.edu for access).


Pre-Institute readings:

Here is some especially important general background material to have under your belt before the Institute.  We also assume familiarity with various standard texts (e.g., Sen, Development as Freedom; Nussbaum, Creating Capabilities (or Women and Human Development); Rawls, The Law of Peoples).  We note also the following anthologies — Brooks, The Global Justice Reader and Pogge & Horton, Global Ethics: Seminal Essays — as excellent sources of this and related material in abbreviated form.

  1. Achebe, Chinua. The African Trilogy. New York: Anchor, 2010. Read one novel: of the three, Things Fall Apart is the most famous, and Arrow of God is Achebe’s favorite (and Eric’s, too).

  2. Collier, Paul. The Bottom Billion. UK: Oxford, 2007. Preface, chs. 1 and 2.

  3. Crocker, David. Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability and Deliberative Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Chs. 1-3.

  4. Gasper, Des. The Ethics of Development: From Economism to Human Development. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. At least chs. 1 and 2.

  5. Goulet, Denis. The Cruel Choice. New York: Atheneum, 1971. Chs. 1-3, 5, 7.

  6. Miller, David. National Responsibility and Global Justice. UK: Oxford, 2007. At least ch.1.

  7. Pogge, Thomas. Politics as usual: What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric. Cambridge: Polity, 2010. Chs. 1-5.

  8. Robeyns on Sen JHDarticle.pdf. Robeyns, Ingrid,  “The Capability Approach: a theoretical survey”, Journal of Human Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2005, 93-114.

  9. Singer, Peter. One World, 2/ed. New Haven: Yale, 2002.

  10. Terry, Fiona. Condemned to Repeat? The paradox of humanitarian action. Ithaca NY: Cornell, 2002. Chs. 1 and 2.

  11. Sachs Home.pdf. Sachs, Wolfgang. “The Need for the Home Perspective.” The Post-Development Reader. 290-300.

  12. Reader Capability.pdf. Reader, Soren. “Does a basic needs approach need capabilities?” The Journal of Political Philosophy. 14-6 2006, pp. 337-50.