Faculty Matters, November 19, 2018
A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion by Bernie Cantens, professor of philosophy will be released in early February 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
From the publisher:
Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion addresses some of the most prominent and influential arguments to the abortion debate. These include the Being a Person verses Functioning as a Person Argument, women's rights vis-à-vis the rights of the foetus, personhood as an essentially contested concept, and a virtue ethics approach. Also covered are central bioethical issues concerning prenatal screening, stem cell research and cloning. Based on a critical assessment of the evidence, the book offers an impartial view and draws on the importance of critical thinking and the logic of argumentation. Providing an overview of the legal history of abortion in the United States, it discusses five of the most influential Supreme Court cases on abortion law during the past fifty years and examines the current state of abortion law, politics and the main trends. Presenting a balance between ethical concepts, views and arguments, A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion is an up-to-date introduction to the choice of abortion illustrating the importance of evidence, clear thinking and good arguments for supporting one's ethical beliefs.
Cantens is also a contributor to A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance, edited by Hilaire Kallendorf and published in October by Brill. The book takes an interdisciplinary examination of Spain’s contributions to Renaissance movement in Europe.
Carol Traupman-Carr, associate provost and professor of music, just signed a contract to have a new original arrangement of "The Minstrel Boy" published by Cimarron Press. Cimarron has previously published about a dozen of Traupman-Carr's brass arrangements. The latest arrangement was written for the Mainstreet Brass Quintet, which includes Bryan Hay, '86, and Allen Frank, '02, among its members.
Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of Latin American History, published an article discussing race and national identity in Mexico based on the analysis of recipes and representation of mole, a traditional dish. (Sandra Aguilar-Rodríguez (2018) "Mole and mestizaje: race and national identity in twentieth-century Mexico," Food, Culture & Society, 21:5, 600-617, DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2018.1516403 ).
Aguilar also presented a paper on morality, food, and gender in twentieth century Mexico at an international conference of Mexico's historians, which took place in Guadalajara in October.
Carol Traupman-Carr, was invited to present on Substantive Change at this year's pre-conference workshops for new reviewers at the 2018 annual Middle States Commission on Higher Education conference in Washington, D.C., on November 28. She was invited based on her experience both preparing substantive change submissions on behalf of Moravian College and as a member of the substantive change committee of Middle States, on which she has served for two years.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Diane White Husic, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences and interim Environmental Science and Studies program director, urges citizens to take seriously the findings of the October 8 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in this opinion piece.