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Ike Sharpless
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Ike Sharpless replied to Peter Dorfman's discussion Animal Studies in the Academy in the group Ethics and Human-Animal Relations
"Given the field's still-inchoate nature, I suspect there are as many current critical issues under exploration as there are scholars with diverse interests: 'critical animal studies' tends to be more abolitionist in focus…"
Jan 6, 2012
Ike Sharpless replied to Peter Dorfman's discussion Animal Studies in the Academy in the group Ethics and Human-Animal Relations
"An interesting discussion, Peter - I enjoyed reading this article too, although most of the programs it mentions (Wesleyan, NYU, MSU) have been in the works for a few years now. I've taught an animal studies class both at UMass Lowell (which…"
Jan 3, 2012
Ike Sharpless commented on Mark Fisher's group Ethics and Social Media
"I agree that it's important to define our terms, but also agree that this particular discussion may be better suited for a separate thread...I don't really have much to add there.I also thought some of you might be interested in a lecture…"
Nov 26, 2011
Ike Sharpless commented on Janelle M Lattimore's group Food Ethics
"Not to my knowledge, Michael - but I just posted it: I didn't attend (I live in Boston)."
Nov 26, 2011
Ike Sharpless joined Christopher Long's group
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Digital Dialogue

The Digital Dialogue is a podcast that explores the opportunities digital expression offers for transformative dialogue in the spirit in which Socrates practiced politics.See More
Nov 19, 2011
Ike Sharpless commented on Janelle M Lattimore's group Food Ethics
"This seminar at George Washington looks interesting, for anyone in the area:   The George Washington University Seminar on Food will take place November 21, 2011. The seminar will address the market concentration of meat packing. Discussion…"
Nov 10, 2011
Ike Sharpless commented on Janelle M Lattimore's group Food Ethics
"Hi all - here are some links that might be of browsing interest to some of you (this is tangentially related to last weekend's workshop on agriculture and animal welfare). A link to my Tufts course wiki, where we'll be talking about…"
Oct 14, 2011
Ike Sharpless commented on Mark Fisher's group Ethics and Social Media
"Hi all - sorry to lat a bit on posting the things I mentioned...I've been playing catch up with my classes until now! (I also didn't realize that I had to follow this group to get updates...which I've now done.)   I mentioned a…"
Oct 14, 2011
Ike Sharpless commented on Janelle M Lattimore's group Food Ethics
"For anyone in the DC area in the coming week, this USDA "Future Trends in Animal Agriculture" should be engaging and broad-ranging. The topic this year is "The Polarization of Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Issues: Good or Bad for…"
Sep 14, 2011
Ike Sharpless liked Janelle M Lattimore's group Food Ethics
Sep 14, 2011
Ike Sharpless replied to Peter Dorfman's discussion Should we Desire to Eliminate Carnivorous Species? in the group Ethics and Human-Animal Relations
"It's an interesting argument indeed - I've assigned this piece in my courses on Animal Studies at UMass Lowell (available down at the bottom of my course wiki here: http://ikesharpless.pbworks.com).   My view is that this would be a…"
Sep 5, 2011
Ike Sharpless joined Janelle M Lattimore's group
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Food Ethics

Considering issues of food regulation, food as a human right, food access, and all related.  Led by Jonathan H. Marks, Director Penn State's Bioethics program and Associate Director, Rock Ethics InstituteSee More
Apr 21, 2011
Ike Sharpless joined Peter Dorfman's group
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Ethics and Human-Animal Relations

From animal rights to global warming to public health, human use and treatment of animals is among the greatest social issues of our age.  This forum explores the philosophical and policy issues involved in our relation to animals.See More
Apr 21, 2011
Ike Sharpless is now a member of Public Philosophy Network
Apr 21, 2011

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University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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I'm interested in how we balance human and nonhuman animal interests, especially in the domain of food politics. In addition to a range of introductory Political Science courses, I teach an Animal Ethics class at UMass in which we engage with various aspects of human-animal relations. (ikesharpless.pbworks.com) I plan on introducing a Food Politics course in the Spring of 2012, and have eventual PhD interests in moral and political philosophy, environmental policy, food politics, and animal studies. My blog, "Animal Politics", which I recently started, is at ikesharpless.com.

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