Miami, November 16, 2015 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Padron Campus will host Aliens Among Us, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 11, is a series of events featuring student art, discussions, presentations, and videos on literature, history, philosophy, and psychology, with the purpose of learning about the human mind, life’s place in the universe and environmental sustainability.
Natural and social scientists continue to learn about what makes a planet habitable and the chances of life developing under different circumstances, as well as how humans view the possibility of alien life and the cultural interpretations of this. New hypotheses posit that life on Earth may have extraterrestrial origins. Aliens Among Us seeks to spark questions—What is life’s place in the universe? Are we, too, in a way alien? How would we respond to aliens?
Aliens Among Us offers a novel opportunity for the entire MDC community to explore issues of life’s place and meaning in the universe, the conditions that favor life’s development and thriving on Earth and beyond, ethical issues examining sustainability on terraformed worlds, our moral obligation to non-human intelligent species, and our obligation to Earth and our fellow global citizens as described in the Earth Charter. Accordingly, the topics of perception, prejudice, fear, and discrimination will be addressed.
Aliens Among Us was created by Padron Campus’ faculty participating in Earth Ethics Institute’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) learning network, as well as the Padron Green Team
Aliens Among Us presentations and events:
The Monophobic Response
Monday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. in Room 3103
Hosted by Liza Greenberg
We Must Have Water!
Monday, Nov. 23, 5:40 p.m. in Room 3103
Hosted by Rene Revuelta
The Psychology of Aliens
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8:25 a.m. in Room 401
Hosted by Miriam Frances Abety
Aliens in an Ethical Universe
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. in Room 401
Hosted by Albert Lenel and Michael Matthews
Will Aliens Strip Mine Our Planet?
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. in Room 401
Hosted by Paul Tisevich
Aliens Among Us - Dialogue
Wednesday, December 2nd @ Noon in Room 3103
EPC Library Resources Presentation: Prof. Duque
Panelists: EPC Students
Moderator: Prof. Matthews
Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 11
Hosted by Arts Creative Force Club
The exhibition will be shown at the newly-transformed Padron Campus Display Wall outside of the Computer Courtyard, Room 1217.
For more information about Aliens Among Us and Earth Ethics Institute’s GSELS learning network at Padron Campus, please contact Mike Matthews at 305-237-6733, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Earth Ethics Institute and the GSELS learning networkcollege-wide, please visit www.EarthEthicsInstitute.org.