Mia Taehee ’12 will present her paper on legal obligations at national conference

Mia Taehee ’12 will participate in an undergraduate ethics symposium at DePauw University by the Janet Prindle Institute on April 12. She presented her paper at the Lake Forest College Student Symposium on April 10 prior to her departure for the Student Symposium at DePauw University.

Taehee will present her paper, titled A Dialogue on Legal Obligations at the fifth annual undergraduate ethics symposium hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. Nicki Hewell, a graduate fellow at DePauw University, reported that Kim is one of 30 students that will be attending this year’s symposium, out of “a record of 95” undergraduate students who applied for an opportunity to present their work.

“I am honored to participate in a national undergraduate symposium,” Taehee said, “and I am thankful to all the professors who have taught me the skills necessary in producing competent work and to present them with scholarly confidence.”

She confessed that she was inspired by the faculty in the philosophy department to participate in this symposium. Taehee wrote the paper last fall for American Studies 200: Law and Literature, taught by Professor Chad McCracken and President Stephen Schutt.

In her paper, she presents a dialogue between Socrates, Captain Vere from Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Tom Doniphon from 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Chigurh from Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men. The conversation comes to a dramatic ending in a massacre by Chigurh.

Taehee also shared her intriguing work at the Lake Forest College Symposium on April 10th, and she describes the work as “an intellectual conversation on the various themes and applications of legal obligation.” She emphasizes that the audience should anticipate “comedic twists to philosophical inquiries.”

During the Symposium at DePauw, the selected students will meet in seminars led by visiting scholars or professionals. They will present their own work, read the students’ works and facilitate discussion. Each year, the Janet Prindle Institute selects a different theme to inspire critical inquiry of the ethical dilemmas that exist both in the private and the public sphere. This year’s theme is Ethics and Relationships: Friends, Family and Community.

The symposium is intended to provide students with a platform on which they can discuss their ethics-related work with professionals in their fields. Also, it encourages them to participate in a significant discussion of ethical concerns. Taehee will be participating along with other student photographers, film makers, playwrights, screenwriters, essayists, fiction writers, and poets.


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