of the South Carolina Midlands
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Events scheduled in the South Carolina Midlands that are reported as being of interest to secular humanists, but whose content is neither sponsored nor endorsed by Secular Humanists of the South Carolina Midlands, are listed here.
Civil Discourse at USC:
Professor Smith received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Yale University. Before joining the USD law faculty in 2002, he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, and was previously the Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Professor Smith is one of the nation's foremost scholars in the area of law and religion, and teaches in the areas of law and religion and constitutional law. Among his many scholarly works are Law's Quandary (Harvard University Press 2004), The Constitution and the Pride of Reason (Oxford University Press 1998), and Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press 1995). Professor Smith's articles on law and religion and constitutional law have been published in the Michigan Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Texas Law Review.
Secular Humanists of the South Carolina Midlands usually
meets on the Sunday following the third Saturday of the month. Meetings normally include
a short business session, during which plans are adopted for local projects
and special events, followed by a guest speaker, a panel discussion, a movie, and/or
These experiments, conducted within the span of a single decade almost forty years ago, made significant contributions to the science of human behavior. However, due to “ethical” considerations, such experiments may never be conducted again, except under significantly modified variations of the original conditions. So Gibney brings matters up to date by focusing on numerous “real-life” parallels such as the Kitty Genovese murder case, in which 38 New York neighbors sat idly by as a young woman was brutally killed; the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, which raised the question of whether those events were the work of “a few bad apples,” as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld maintained, or an example of what normal soldiers may be expected to do when placed in certain social contexts; and the cases of McDonald's store managers who, complying with directions from an unseen telephone prankster falsely claiming to be a police detective, compelled employees to endure degrading strip searches and sexual abuses.
Despite its serious nature, this stimulating documentary not only informs but also entertains. Co-produced by Sundance and Court TV, it possesses a combination of cinematographic flair and tabloid style that could only come from such an alliance. Come prepared to be informed, entertained, shocked, and provoked to serious thought and analysis.
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