The purpose of the CHDR is to initiate and support both advanced research and teaching in the humanities and arts, and interdisciplinary scholarship within the humanities and with other disciplines. The institute provides space, resources, expertise, programming, and digital research support both for individuals and scholars who seek to collaboratively address issues of central concern to our time and place, to connect history to the present, and to explore new ways of understanding, and educating others about, the diversity of cultures and ideas in our society and around the globe.
The College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Philosophy are currently involved in an initiative to create a Ethics Center at UCF. The proposed Ethics Center will support a set of interdisciplinary projects informed by a firm foundation in the philosophical ethics traditions. It will sponsor research, lectures, conferences, and other academic projects that explore ethical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. The work of the center will be focused on several important initiatives and includes projects organized both by schools and departments in the College of Arts and Humanities and by other colleges and research centers.
Together with the Philosophy Department, the School of Communication, the Film and Digital Media Departments, as well as other interested departments the Initiative for Ethics in Entertainment and Media will focus on ethical issues that pertain to practices in the entertainment and news media. These includes a wide range of questions about
Ethics in New Sciences and Technologies will be a second specialized initiative to support research of ethical issues in nanoscience, genetic engineering, neurosciences, artificial intelligence and robotics, and space related sciences. The Center will sponsor projects in:
The UCF Philosophical Society was formed as an official UCF student organization in August 2002. There are regular meetings and new members are welcome from all disciplines. There is a listserv for philosophy, humanities and religious studies majors and minors. Contact the Jaci Schock to be added to the list. Announcements from the Philosophical Society often appear on the list, and general discussions and announcements are also posted.
The advisors are Michael Strawser and Nancy Stanlick. The officers are the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.
The Cognitive Sciences Student Association at UCF's mission is to provide student support for and creative expression of the cognitive sciences. Persons with interest in the cognitive science can find more information on the group's website.