Shane Courtland


Is the economic divide growing? Is it unjust? Is it possibly beneficial? 

These are just a few of the questions a panel of experts will consider when asked about economic inequality. Shane Courtland, the Director for the Center of Ethics and Public Policy at UMD discusses the upcoming Economic Inequality Panel happening this Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 pm in Chemistry 200 at UMD. The discussion is free and open to the public.

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Brittany Maynard gained the sympathies of a nation when the 29 year old woman with terminal brain cancer ended her life last fall with drugs prescribed by her doctor.

Here in Minnesota, Senator Chris Eaton is proposing  the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act, legislation designed along the lines of the law in Oregon.

Despite plaudits for Maynard's courage, though, the conversation is far from over.

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A recent article in The Atlantic titled “The Coddling of the American Mind” says “in the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.”  Authors Greg Lukianoff (a constitutional lawyer who defends free speech and academic freedom on campus), and Jonathan Haidt (a social psychologist) maintain this practice is “disastrous for education—and mental health.”

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You hear a lot of conversations about "kill" and "no-kill" animal shelters these days.  No one likes the idea of a "kill" shelter, but is it really that simple?

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Assisted suicide is against the law in Minnesota.

You can't advise, encourage or help someone take their own life here.

For years, the conversation - and controversy - has swirled around cases where someone who is already dying or in chronic pain wants to end their own suffering ... cases where, you might argue, someone is trying to compassionately help another end their pain or die with dignity.

But what about cases where that advice is, perhaps, being offered over social media, by someone trying to bully someone else into killing themselves?