Virtual program: New Common CAHSS episode

You can view the September talk of the 2020 Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series via Common CAHSS is a set of programing tied to a particular theme and brought to you by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS, pronounced “cause”) at UW-Green Bay. The 2020 theme is Beyond Sustainability and Prof. Staudinger’s Sept. 24, 2020 talk was titled Making Good Choices: Thinking about Ethics Beyond Sustainability. Prof. David Voelker, the co-chair of Common CAHSS, provided an introduction to the talk and this year’s theme.

Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies) explored the difficulty of ethical action in the face of multiple crises, drawing on the work of Alexis Shotwell whose book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times, argues that alongside the temptation to give up on ethics altogether is a desire to remove ourselves utterly from messy, complex systems through completely pure action.

Making Good Choices: Thinking about Ethics Beyond Sustainability (Dr. Alison Staudinger)


Ryan Martin: One of top TED Talks to watch during the Pandemic

Researcher and UW-Green Bay’s Associate Dean of Recruitment, Recreational Outreach and Communication for CAHSS, Ryan Martin, landed a spot on’s “Ten Ted Talks to Watch” to help get through the pandemic. Titled “Why we get mad, and why it’s healthy,” he talks about the anger people have during the COVID pandemic.

Maybe you’re responding to the pandemic, and the blundering official response to it, with rage? Martin explains, “Your anger exists in you because it offered your ancestors, both human and non-human, an evolutionary advantage,” he said. “[It’s] a powerful and healthy force in your life.”