Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Interview with CSEP Director, Dr. Elisabeth Hildt in Lewis College's Magazine

In the latest version of IIT's Lewis College of Human Sciences magazine, Big Picture, CSEP Director Elisabeth Hildt talks a bit about how she became interested in the area of applied ethics, how she is adjusting to life in Chicago, and what drew her to IIT and to the Ethics Center.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Conference: The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain – Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain – Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Alte Mensa Building, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany

March 30 – March 31, 2015

It is now almost 25 years since the U.S. Congress authorized the then president, George Bush sr., to proclaim the decade beginning January 1, 1990 as the Decade of the Brain. This proclamation stimulated a number of initiatives that substantially benefitted neuroscience research in the following years. Alongside this rise of neuroscience and the corresponding increase of public awareness, many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have shifted towards more brain based and evolutionary informed approaches. New research fields such as Neuroethics, Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Cultural Studies, Neuroaesthetics or even Neurotheology have gained a following. In addition to surveying the mutual interactions between the cognitive neurosciences and the social sciences and humanities, this interdisciplinary symposium investigates the methodological and conceptual prospects and perils of choosing a neuroscience approach to the social sciences and the humanities. The symposium aims to shed light on a broad range of epistemological, historical and sociological questions about the purported neuro-turn in the social sciences and the humanities. Speakers include among others

Sabine Maasen (TU Munich)

Steve Woolgar and Tanja Schneider (Oxford University)

Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Leibniz University, Hannover)

Scott Vrecko (King’s College London)

Melissa Littlefield (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Participation is free, but places are limited. To participate, please register until March 22nd by sending an e-mail to Jon Leefmann (leefmann[at]

The symposium is part of the project ‘The Neuro-Turn in the European Social Sciences and Humanities’ funded by the German Research Association (DFG).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

IIT Students: Please Take Our IPRO Survey!

IPRO 308 needs your help!

The IPRO is exploring the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants on the IIT campus and student perceptions of how often and for what purpose these stimulants are used. In order to do this, the IPRO team have created an online survey, and we invite you to take part!

The survey will ask you to examine your attitudes towards nonmedical use of prescription stimulants, motivations behind use, ease of access, as well as your perception of the benefits obtained (or not obtained) from use of various prescription stimulants.

You can access the survey at You will need to log into your IIT account at to access this survey, but your email will not be linked to your responses.