Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquia

Each fall and spring semester, USI faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts present individual, free public lectures featuring their current research.

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  • Is Avoiding Meat Healthy?

    Dobersek, Urska
    According to the World Health Organization, mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide with over 500 million individuals suffering from depression or anxiety. Given that dietary intake is considered a major contributor to mental health, veganism and vegetarianism have become more prevalent as individuals seek to treat their mental disorders. Nevertheless, there is strong scientific evidence that restrictive dieting and omitting food groups impairs physical and mental health. Thus, the purpose of this talk is to present evidence showing that meat-avoidance is not an effective strategy to benefit physical or psychological health.
  • Punishing the Powerful: A Study of Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Era of Ethics Reforms

    Jalain, Caroline
    Within the courtroom workgroup, prosecutors, along with judges, have a lot of discretion. From starting an investigation, to pressing charges, offering a plea deal, all the way through the sentencing phase, prosecutors participate in every phase of a criminal case. Unsurprisingly, with great autonomy and power come opportunities to abuse such power. This presentation will discuss the main prosecutorial ethics reforms of the past couple of decades and how they have influenced the commission of acts of misconduct by prosecutors.