A Classical Liberal Approach to the Systemic Oppression of African-Americans
Rachel Douchant, PhD
I argue that conservatives ought to acknowledge the reality of systemic injustice, since it can be understood in terms of violations of property and contract rights. Also, based upon the same evidence, the left ought to reject the assumption that market forces generally promote injustice. Rather, the injustice consists in marginalized groups being coercively excluded from the market, and particularly, from asset appropriation. I hope to bring people on the left and the right to a deeper mutual understanding from a classical liberal perspective.
Can Intelligence Explain Economic Outcomes?
Rik Hafer, PhD
Human capital, that combination of innate skill and training, is a key factor used to explain economic outcomes, such as economic growth. In this talk, I will consider the use of IQ, measured at the national level, as a proxy for human capital. I also will survey empirical findings that use nation-level IQ. It turns out that aggregate intelligence may be more important than your own.
Relativity and Román Ramírez: What Can We Know about the Past?
Patrick O’Banion, PhD
This talk uses the historical figure of Román Ramírez (1540-99), a Spanish Morisco from the small town of Deza, to engage the issue of the nature of our knowledge of the past. That knowledge is fundamentally limited by (and relative to) the sources that exist, but when those sources are themselves contradictory or untrustworthy, historians must engage with them in more complex ways. Ramírez's inquisitorial trial record provides a fascinating example of that process.
A Do-it Yourself Empowerment Tool for Families of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities
Rebecca Panagos, PhD
Families of infants and toddlers diagnosed with developmental disabilities quickly find themselves forming new frames of reference and adjusting to a new reality. Early intervention service providers coach parents and caregivers, the first teachers of their children, to be active partners in a child’s therapy and development, known as family-centered practice. To promote family capacity-building, the researcher examined a do-it-yourself tool designed to increase family competence, confidence and sense of ownership. The Family Facilitated Planning Tool (FFPT) allows families to create a dynamic blueprint for their child and family identifying strengths, supports, and successes throughout their child's life. As their child grows, families regularly revisit and revise this blueprint to meet the child and family’s needs. This presentation will discuss continued research efforts to examine empowerment, relationships of support, and the utility and usability of the Family Facilitated Planning Tool.