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Why say sorry? Interdisciplinary perspectives on public apologies

October 26, 2017 Political Science professor Matt James asked the question "“Why assume that one can time an apology so that it’ll be the last word?” at an interdisciplinary conference at U of T's Centre for Ethics. The Ethics of Apology welcomed scholars from law, philosophy, political science, cultural studies and related disciplines to ask questions like: what kinds of public apologies have we seen here in Canada, and how do they compare to international examples? What are the factors of a “successful” apology and what are the outcomes of official apologies, both positive and negative? Link to article

How will China select its new leaders at its Communist Party congress?

October 18, 2017 How will China select its new leaders at its Communist Party congress? NPR reached out to Guoguang Wu for comment on the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which takes place every five years. In the article written for NPR's international news site "Parallels" he provided his opinion on the potential leadership changes and a critique of the event. NPR

PACTAC launches new symposium series - VECTORS.

September 22, 2017 The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture and CTheory are pleased to announce a new symposium series, VECTORS. The series will celebrate the University of Victoria as a global leading edge of the critically engaged intellectual imagination. Here, issues key to the 21stst century future—pipeline politics, indigenous resurgence, robotics in the age of AI, and new perspectives on the three ecologies of environment, consciousness and society—will be creatively explored in all their urgency and complexity.” Poster link

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