Skip to main content

Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science

The Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science (PLEPS) began in 2010, though its roots can be traced back to the Purdue Bioethics Seminar Series, which began in 2007. For over a decade now, PLEPS has brought many nationally and internationally recognized academics and researchers from various fields and professions to speak to a diverse audience of engineers, ethicists, medical professionals, scientists, and philosophers. The mission of the lecture series is to help bolster communication and interaction between the Liberal Arts and STEM communities on Purdue’s campus. Though organized and hosted by the Department of Philosophy, PLEPS is generously supported through sponsorship by various Purdue colleges and departments.

Developments and Tensions in the Idea of Animal Welfare

Peter Sandoe (University of Copenhagen)
11 April 2019

Decolonizing the Ethics of Knowledge

Dr. Elena Ruíz (Michigan State University)
28 March 2019

Big Data Ethics

Katleen Gabriels (Eindhoven Technical University)
29 November 2018

Undoing Climate Injustice: A Capabilities Approach to Emissions Drawdown

Breena Holland (Lehigh University)
20 September 2018

Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics

Catherine Lu (McGill University)
23 March 2018

Four Archetypes for Future Food Systems

Paul E. Thompson (Michigan State)
22 February 2018 

Human Tissue Research, Consent and Justice: What the Case of Henrietta Lacks Can Still Teach Us Today

Sandra Shapshay (Indiana University)
9 November 2017

Animal Breeding: An Important Component of Agricultural Sustainability, or Animal Cruelty?

Alison Van Eenennaam (UC-Davis)
11 April 2017

Disability and the Goods of Life

Stephen M. Campbell (Bentley University)
28 March 2017

Ethical Food Tastes Better

David Kaplan (University of North Texas)
22 February 2017

Minor Consent in HIV Biomedical Prevention Research: The Collision of Ethics, Regulations, and Adolescent Development

Mary A. Ott (Indiana University)
16 November 2016

Generative Justice: Ethics in the Age of Recursive Risk

Ron Eglash (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
19 October 2016

Pets, Companion Animals, and Domesticated Partners

Gary Varner (Texas A&M University)
15 September 2016

Am I Really Responsible for Ensuring a Sustainable Food Future

Raymond Anthony
13 April 2016 (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Boundary Work: Collaboration Between Philosophy of Science and Nanoscience

Julia Bursten (San Francisco State University)
23 March 2016

Culture, Poverty, and Justice: Responsibilities of Individuals and Institutions

Eric Weber (University of Mississippi)
10 February 2016

Animal Minds are Real, (Distinctively) Human Minds are Not

Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland)
18 November 2015

Climate Change, Poverty and Food Security

Thomas W. Hertel (Purdue University)
30 September 2015

A Pragmatist Philosopher's Reflections on GMOs

Lisa Heldke (Gustavus Adolphus College)
4 February 2015

Biofortification: Attenuating the Injustice of Global Malnutrition

Howard Bouis (HarvestPlus)
12 November 2014

Feeling Matters: The Role of Animals in Sustainable Communities

Gary L. Comstock (North Carolina State)
9 October 2014

Structural Bias and the Commercialization of Medicine

Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown)
24 September 2014

When Certainty of Mind Meets Uncertainty of Result, What Do We Do Next?: Prospects for the Affordable Care Act

Bert Rockman (Purdue University)
7 April 2014

Global Healthcare Availability and the Health Impact Fund

Thomas Pogge (Yale)
26 February 2014

Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race

Dorothy Roberts (U of Pennsylvania)
6 November 2013

The Duty to Take Rescue Precautions: Defending a Health Insurance Mandate

Tina Rulli (University of California Davis)
18 September 2013

Reason in a Dark Time: Ethics and Politics in a Greenhouse World

Dale Jamieson (NYU)
9 April 2013

Children, Families, and Medicine

Mark Sheldon (Northwestern)
3 April 2013

Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing

Robert Klitzman (Columbia)
19 February 2013

Why this Interest in Races?: Race, Science, and Ethics

Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh)
17 October 2012

Using Our Best Friends: A Pragmatist Take on Dogs and Cats in Biomedical Research

Erin McKenna (Pacific Lutheran University)
26 September 2012

Informed Consent and Risk: The Intersection Between Human Research and Genetics

Fred Grinnell (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
18 April 2012