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Applied Ethics Institute to Host Lecture on Diversity

Professor Ryan Muldoon to Discuss "The Paradox of Diversity"

Written by: Kelsey Carlo '18, PR Intern

On Thursday, Oct. 26, The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College will host Professor Ryan Muldoon, who will give a public lecture on “The Paradox of Diversity.”

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Carbone Family Auditorium inside the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. It is free and open to everyone.

Muldoon is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo. Prior to this position, he was a senior research fellow in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Core Author of the 2015 World Development Report at the World Bank. His primary research investigates how we can turn the challenge of increasing diversity into a resource to be tapped for our mutual benefit.

Muldoon will argue that the empirical literature on diversity in groups points in two opposite directions. First, diversity makes people notably better off and improves group performance in a number of contexts. Second, people don't like being in diverse groups, and think we do worse in them. He suggests that the core tension is that part of what makes diversity good for us is that friction that it creates. We have an apparent trade-off between social welfare and individual well being. 

For more information about this lecture, contact The Applied Ethics Institute at aei@utica.edu or (315) 792-3759.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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