The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Chocolate, coffee, and Ten Thousand Villages

The 5th Annual Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Festival will be taking place in The Gathering Space on the 1st floor of the First People House of Learning/Gzowski College.
Friday Nov.15th and Saturday Nov.16th from 10-6. Parking is free on Saturday.
Friday Nov. 16th - Coffee and Chocolate Tasting and musical performances (Free) 6-7:30 pm, Seasoned Spoon, Champlain College, Hosted by Trent's Living and Learning Communities.
Ten Thousand Villages buys from more than 100 artisan groups from 35 countries for a fair wage.
We invite all staff, faculty, students and community members to come and buy fair trade, recycled, sustainable and organic products such as scarves, jewellery, coffee and tea, household items, CDs and much more. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Ellen Bentzen Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Hope you can come!

Monday, November 11, 2013

John Thorp at 7pm, reception at Seasoned Spoon following!

All are welcome at the reception following the talk at the Seasoned Spoon!  (The desserts and coffee are free, but buy your own drinks -- the bar is cash-only.)

2013 Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics Lecture

Monday, November 11, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Gzowksi College, room 115

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Thorp

"Ethics,Sex & Religion: a Tectonic Shift"
It is now a decade since the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that equal marriage was a constitutional right, and so triggered a domino-fall of similar rulings across the country. Ten years on, I suggest that a much deeper change was happening in the public mind. Not just a change in our particular ethical values, but a change in our understanding of how those ethical values are to be grounded: the understanding of what ethics are. It was a tectonic shift, very destabilizing on the surface, very unsettling for many people. What was giving way was the confidence -- the unexamined presupposition -- that ethics had an ultimate anchor in religion. The debates about gay rights and gay marriage, for reasons that I will explain, delivered the death blow to that confidence. And, unanchored in religion, ethics seemed unanchored altogether, freefloating: we were adrift on an ocean of relativism. And that can look very scary indeed. This lecture explores the dynamics of this tectonic shift as it played out in Canada , and considers some of the questions to which it gives rise.
Dr. John Thorp earned his B.A. at Trent University in 1970. At Oxford University, he earned a B.Phil. in 1972 and a D.Phil. in 1976. He is currently a member of the Philosophy Department, Graduate Faculty in Classical Stuides an in Theology and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. His interests include ancient Greek philosophy and science, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.