Visiting Scholar 2005

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar to Come to Truman Campus Sept. 29-30Deborah Stone, research professor of government and public policy at Dartmouth College will visit Truman State University from September 29-30, as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.  Dr. Stone has taught politics and public policy at Duke, MIT, and Brandeis.  She has served on advisory commissions for the Social Security Administration, the Human Genome Commission, and the Institute of Medicine.  She has authored many books including Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision MakingThe Disabled State, and The Limits of Professional Power: National Health Care in the Federal Republic of Germany.  In addition to scholarly articles on health and social policy, she writes for American ProspectNation, and New Republic. Her current research focuses on the place of altruism in public life and on public policy towards care giving.

Dr. Stone will conduct a public lecture entitled The Paradox of Altruism on Thursday, September 29 at 8:15 pm in Violette Hall 1000. This talk will address the following:

Is human nature fundamentally self-interested or altruistic?  Can there be genuine altruism?  Which view of human nature should guide public policy?  By and large, modern social scientists are skeptical about the possibility of genuine altruism, and policymakers therefore design programs around the idea of incentives and appeals to self-interest.  This lecture draws on stories of extraordinary rescuers and ordinary, everyday altruism to understand the rewards people get from helping others and the paradoxical ways altruism works in our lives.  The conclusion will address thoughts on designing policy to evoke and harness the altruistic side of human nature.

An additional public seminar will be offered on Thursday September 29 at 1:30 in the Governors Room (310) of the Student Union Building entitled Writing and the Art of Persuasion.  This seminar will address the following:

Politics is all about persuasion, and nothing could be more important in political argument than the power of the written word.  As someone who writes in a variety of non-scholarly genres (political writing, nature writing, editing a community literary journal), Dr. Stone will address how writing for popular audiences differs from scholarly writing, and why it is much more potent and more fun.

On Friday September 30, Dr. Stone will present a public discussion of When Patients Go to Market: Why the U.S. Health Insurance System is Falling Apart at 11:30 am in the Governors Room (310) of the Student Union Building. This seminar will address the following:

Insurance is fundamentally a cooperative institution, a way that people share the burdens of accidents and troubles.  Markets are fundamentally a competitive institution, a system of each person for him or herself.  This talk explores why market-based reforms in health care never seem to solve the problems they’re intended to fix.

Support for Dr. Stone’s visit is provided by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Charles J. McClain, President Emeritus of Truman State University, and the Health and Exercise Science Program.

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