PPE News: PPE Undergraduate Club

The PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadors are launching a new club at Virginia Tech.

The PPE Club aims to provide a forum for students to use the intellectual tools necessary to understand the big ideas behind our most important social, ethical, political, and economic questions. In doing so, PPE prepares students for careers in law, business, public policy, academia, government, and the tech industry.

The first PPE Club meeting will take place on March 28, 2019, at 6:30pm in 215 Major Williams Hall. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided. All undergraduate students are welcome to attend!

PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships

Each academic year, the PPE Program selects several undergraduate students to serve as ambassadors for the program. The primary tasks of the ambassadors are to (i) work closely with PPE faculty and staff on the development of the program, (ii) serve as a student contact for PPE events, such as the PPE Speaker Series and the PPE Distinguished Public Lecture, and ideally (iii) take on a leadership role in the PPE Undergraduate Club. For more information about PPE events and activities, please follow this link.

The application process for next year’s PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships is now open. Any student enrolled in a PPE degree (major or minor) is eligible to apply. Please submit a short personal statement that explains your interest in becoming a PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassador, whether you are a PPE major or minor, and your resume. The application materials must be submitted to Professor Moehler (moehler@nullvt.edu) by April 9, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your application!

PPE Events: Spring 2019

This semester, the PPE Program will host two guest speakers, one Visiting Research Scholar (the whole spring semester), and the third PPE Distinguished Public Lecture.

Douglas Noonan (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis) will speak about freelancers, innovation, and crowds (the talk is co-organized with the Center for Humanities), Dan Ariely (Duke University) will speak about free beer (the lecture is co-organized with the Data and Decisions Destination Area), and Michael Douma will speak about creative historical thinking.

In addition, the PPE Program will organize an all-day discussion colloquium with Theodore Christov (George Washington University) on the topic “Democracy in America,” and the PPE Reading Group will meet biweekly to discuss Elizabeth Anderson’s (University of Michigan) book Private Government.

All PPE events are open to faculty, students, and the general public. For more details concerning these events, please see the PPE Calendar.

PPE Visiting Research Scholar: Douglas Noonan

Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

During the spring semester 2019, Professor Douglas Noonan will be a visiting research scholar in the Program of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech. During his time at Virginia Tech, Professor Noonan will also be associated with the Center for Humanities.

Douglas Noonan is a Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. His research focuses on a variety of policy and economics issues related to the urban environment, neighborhood dynamics, and quality-of-life. His research has been sponsored by a variety of organizations (e.g., National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, National Endowment for the Arts) on topics like policy adoption, environmental risks, energy, air quality, spatial modeling, green urban revitalizations, and cultural economics. Noonan earned his Ph.D. in public policy at the University of Chicago.

ASPECT Books Session Features Work by PPE Faculty

The next ASPECT Books session will feature recently published works by Matt Gabriele, Andy Scerri, and Michael Moehler. The session should be of interest to PPE faculty and students.

The event will take place on November 30, 2018, from 1-3pm in the Center for Humanities Seminar Room that is located on the ground floor of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building.

PPE Events: Fall 2018

This semester, the PPE Program will host three guest speakers who will present their most recent work to faculty, students, and the general public.

Jessica Flanigan (University of Richmond) will speak about pharmaceutical freedom, Dan Shahar (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will speak about our potential moral obligation to restrict our carbon footprint, and William A. Darity (Duke University), in the context of the PPE Speaker Series, will deliver the keynote lecture at the Advancing the Human Condition Symposium.

In addition, the PPE Reading Group will meet biweekly to discuss Joseph Carens’ book The Ethics of Immigration.

Please see the PPE Calendar for more details concerning these events.

VT News: New Major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Anticipation, adrenaline, confidence, hope, and a touch of anxiety fill the waiting room. A dozen well-educated college graduates wait for an interview at a major Wall Street firm. But one candidate stands out among the intense competition, showcasing high-level critical thinking that arrives at solutions that are not only economically sound, but also socially, ethically, and politically informed.

A new interdisciplinary major at Virginia Tech prepares undergraduates for this post-graduation scenario. The philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) major is a collaborative degree between the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the Department of Economics in the College of Science.

“The PPE major attracts driven students in the humanities and social sciences who have a genuine interest in working across disciplines and a desire to…

To read more, please follow this link: VT News Story.

PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships

Each academic year, the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics selects several undergraduate students to serve as ambassadors for the program. The PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships offer a unique leadership and network opportunity for undergraduate students at Virginia Tech.

The primary tasks of the ambassadors are to (i) promote the PPE Program at Virginia Tech, (ii) work closely with the PPE Program Director as well as with the program’s faculty and staff, and (iii) serve as a student contact for PPE events, such as the PPE Speaker Series and the PPE Distinguished Public Lecture. For more information about PPE events, please follow this link.

The application process for next year’s PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships is open now. Any student who is enrolled (or will enroll) for the PPE Minor or PPE Major is eligible to apply. Please submit (i) a short personal statement that explains your interest in becoming a PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassador and (ii) your resume. The application materials must be submitted to Professor Moehler (moehler@nullvt.edu) by April 12, 2018. We look forward to receiving your application.