Recent Media Engagements

Rotman Institute members lead public discourse on a range of issues–publishing op-eds, providing commentaries, and disseminating their research through a variety of media outlets.

Media Highlights from Previous Years

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Chris Smeenk speaks at Forest City Film Festival

  • Samantha Brennan participated in a reddit AMA (ask me anything) as part of a series of AMAs by professional philosophers. She answered questions on normative ethics and feminist ethics during the very busy session that included a total of 531 comments. The AMA was also featured in a Western News article, “Ask her anything: Philosophy professor connects with online community“.
  • A CBC News article on the relationship between science and government, Trump’s moves against science raise fears of damage to economy, included commentary from Chris Smeenk.
  • Samantha Brennan was interviewed on radio station 3CR, where she spoke about how the structure of the family has changed over time, negatives and positives associated with the family and described what the family of the future might be like. Listen to the full interview here.
  • Chris Smeenk delivered opening remarks at the Forest City Film Festival screening of the documentary, “The Truth is in the Stars“. In the film, William Shatner sits down with scientists, innovators, and celebrities to discuss how the optimism of “Star Trek” influenced multiple generations. Cast includes: Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Suzuki, and Chris Hadfield.

Samantha Brennan portrait

  • To Be a Parent . . . Or Not, Examining Ethics Podcast, Samantha Brennan discussed the ethics of having children and other issues raised by her new book, Permissible Progeny: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting.
  • Ideas from the Trenches – The Open Mind With Paul Kennedy, CBC Ideas, New scientific tools are opening windows into what goes on inside another person’s mind. People who’d once have been judged ‘vegetative’ or ‘lacking awareness’, might now be able to show they’re ‘still there’, and ultimately communicate with the outside world through a brain scan. Andrew Peterson considers the ethical and moral questions emerging from this cutting edge research.
  • APA Member Interview: Samantha Brennan, By Skye Cleary, American Philosophical Association Blog, Samantha Brennan was the featured philosopher of the August member interview on the APA blog.
  • Course Spotlight: Philosophy & Time Travel, American Philosophical Association Blog, A course developed and taught by Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Lucas Dunlap was the focus of this post on the APA Blog. In the course, students explore philosophy of physics through the study of time travel (the various ways kinds of time travel are consistent with our best physical theories), and related metaphysical issues.

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