13 July 2010

world peace cafe @atlanta

I had my birthday dinner tonight at the World Peace Cafe in Atlanta. (thanks Wanda & Robert!) It is a Buddhist-run vegetarian restaurant (with many vegan dishes) that is run primarily by volunteers. It is the first World Peace Cafe in the United States.

The food was quite good. Check out the World Peace Cafe here.

05 July 2010

slate's nimble cities project

Slate has initiated a "Nimble Cities" contest. The challenge is to suggest ideas (textually & visually) to make cities more transportation-friendly and savvy. Nimble Cities is the 2nd theme in Slate's Hive series: "a project designed to harvest the world's collective wisdom to solve the world's most pressing problems." And the pressing problem you are invited to solve is "how to move the most people around and between cities in the most efficient, safe, and perhaps even pleasurable manner."

Why is this a pressing problem?

Slate fact #1: The majority of people around the world live in cities. By 2050, approximately 75% of the world's population may live in cities.

Slate fact #2: Transportation contributes close to 30% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Slate fact #3: U.S. households spend close to 20% of their income on transportation.

Slate fact #4: The World Bank states that "road deaths" could edge out malaria as the 4th or 5th leading cause of death worldwide.

Does this inspire you to become a transportation planner? If so, you have until Tuesday 6 July to submit your ideas here. You can also view and vote on submissions there, too.

Read Tom Vanderbilt's article on Nimble Cities here.

01 July 2010

cfp: animal rights & the gulf oil spill

Crude Behavior: Animal Rights in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon

The U.S. popular media had constructed the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an environmental, ecological, economic and even political disaster. While all of these are undeniably fair readings of the catastrophe, these same outlets have not expended much of an effort considering the effect that this event can and should have on how we perceive our duties and responsibilities toward the individual animals impacted by it.

This volume seeks to call attention to the ethical issues that a moral individualist approach raises in the aftermath of the BP disaster. Papers from all disciplinary and methodological viewpoints are encouraged.

Sample topics:

*conservationist v. moral individualist approaches to the disaster

*treatment of the Deepwater Horizon disaster from positions in traditional and non-traditional animal rights/welfare philosophy

*the larger issue of ethical responsibility to non-human animals in light of the oil spill

*insightful cultural studies’ approaches to the media’s responses

*theoretical musings about the implications that this event will have for future animal rights debates

*human v. animal rights in the public discourse

Please send a 500-word abstract along with a brief bio/cv to Sean Kelly at skelly@fgcu.edu. Deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2010.