Early Confucians seminar, Friday 3rd July

In the next seminar in our ‘Portraits of Integrity’ series Dr Winnie Sung (University College London and Nanyang Technological University) will introduce selected readings from Early Confucians and will lead a discussion of the concepts of integrity and hypocrisy. More details, including an introduction and readings for download are available here.

All are welcome — please contact us if you would like more information or are interested in attending. Thanks to the British Academy we are able to offer help with expenses.

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Portraits of Integrity Conference

Details of the conference, to be held at Durham University’s Institute for Advanced Studies on 11-12 December, are now available: Portraits of Integrity Conference. We’ll update the page as plans are finalised. You will also find a call for papers. Please do circulate widely. The deadline for proposals is August 7th. 

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Wunderbar Foundation and the Trickle-Up Economy

Here‘s a wider context for our work on the trickle-up economy with Wunderbar. Many thanks to those of you who’ve answered our call-out for mini-lectures. It’s not too late to be included in next week’s Hannah Directory podcast series; if you send your audio-files (to integrityprojectcontact@gmail.com) by Friday (June 5th) lunchtime we can still include them. If you miss that deadline, fear not. The Hannah podcasts are just the beginning so we’d still like to hear and share your thoughts.

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Bodily Integrity Network virtual reading group

We are starting a virtual reading group for the bodily integrity network, and warmly welcome anyone who wishes to participate. We will take turns to set a reading for each month and invite conversation and discussion via the website comments. Details here.

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Philanthropy podcasts — take part

Do you have 2 minutes to spare this week?!

We are making a series of short podcasts to be broadcast on the w/c June 8th , as part of the launch of the Hannah Directory 2015, on the topic of philanthropy. We are working with our artist in residence (Ilana Mitchell) to explore the idea of a ‘trickle-up’ economy, in which the virtue and happiness of artists can be ‘purchased’ by those who are cash-rich but integrity-poor.

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“Gandhi is like the Occupy Movement”

Interview with Norman Finkelstein on Democracy Now drawing some lessons for the contemporary left and for Palestinians in the occupied territories from the lessons of Gandhian non-violence. Gandhi is the subject of today’s Portraits of Integrity meeting.

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Bodily integrity project

We are really excited to start work on a new project today, under the umbrella of the Integrity Project. The Bodily Integrity project is a collaboration between Dr Clare MacCumhaill, Dr Luna Dolezal, Dr Rachael Wiseman. It explores the theme of bodily integrity from three distinct methodological perspectives: analytic, grammatical and phenomenological. We are holding our first network meeting and inaugural workshop at the University of Vienna.

More work and meetings to follow — keep an eye on our project page. Please do get in touch if you’d like to learn more of be involved.

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Gandhi seminar, Friday 22nd May

In the next seminar in our ‘Portraits of Integrity’ series Dr Stefan Rossbach (University of Kent) will introduce selected readings from Gandhi and will lead a discussion of his life and philosophy. More details, including an excellent introduction and readings for download are available here.

All are welcome — please contact us if you would like more information or are interested in attending. Thanks to the British Academy we are able to offer help with expenses.

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Ideology and Integrity

A comment piece from the New York Times, Ideology and Integrity, discussing the importance of ‘intellectual integrity’ in our politicians. Highly relevant in the UK, which goes to the polling booths on Thursday. Here’s an extract:

You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course.

What’s especially interesting is the way in which “an open mind, willing[ness] to consider the possibility that parts of the ideology may be wrong” are associated with integrity, and opposed to ideological commitment which renders one unable to change course and admit error.

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Hypocrisy in political debate

A comment piece by Owen Jones in today’s Guardian. I think it’s rather optimistic to think that this is a tactic only gone in for by the right:

The modus operandi of the right is to target anyone vaguely leftish and make the debate about them, rather than what they believe. I’ve written this before, but if you believe in social justice, they will find any reason to trash you. If you’re too poor, they’ll accuse you of envy; too rich, of hypocrisy; too young, of naivety; too old, of being a dinosaur. Above all, the right obsessively hunts anything that can be twisted into hypocrisy. If you think poverty is basically a bad thing and something needs to be done about it, then you have to live in a shed and forage for berries, otherwise you are a hypocritical champagne socialist.

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