PCCS Presents:

Donald Degracia, Sharon Kardia, Richard Mann,

Ed Sarath "What Is Consciousness?"

Interdisciplinary conversations on the nature of the human being, human creative development, and the cosmos

Monday, February 20, 2014
5:30-7:00 p.m. // This event is free and open to all U-M affiliates, community scholars, and the general public.

Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Lower Level Common Room (0520)
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, 48109-1070
University of Michigan, Central Campus

The question of consciousness is arguably among the most elusive questions confronting the sciences and humanities. Is consciousness reducible to, or a by-product of, the brain, as materialists contend? Or might more expansive accounts, including those that view consciousness as being foundational, be more adequate to explaining this central aspect of experience and reality? What empirical findings and theoretical models might be cited to support the wide range of perspectives under consideration? What do models of consciousness development as postulated by the world's wisdom traditions have to offer the discussion? What are the ramifications of theories of consciousness to learning, teaching, and research?
...and to the most pressing issues of today's world?

Location: The Rackham Bldg. is located in quadrant 1-J on the map (see link above, by address).

Driving Directions to Rackham:
http://www.rackham.umich.edu/rackham-building/driving-directions

Walking Directions within Rackham, to Room 0520, The Common Room:
Please enter the Rackham Building through the main Washington St. entrance. The Common Room is on the Lower Level. Therefore, after entering the building and moving into the main lobby, veer left toward the large doorway labeled "West." Go through the doorway and down the short flight of stairs. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left. Go to the end of the hall, where you will see the Common Room, Rm. 0520, on your left.

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Visitor Parking: The nearest parking for visitors is in the City Public Parking structure in map quadrant 3-G (enter off Maynard St. or Thompson) or in part of the U-M Palmer Structure on Palmer Drive in map quadrant 2-L (reached by going to the end of Palmer Drive, and then turning left into the visitor parking entry). Additional metered parking is available along campus and city streets. Limited unmetered parking may be found along neighborhood streets north of E. Huron St.; also a few U-M visitor spots at the 300 North Ingalls Bldg.(four blocks north, on N. Ingalls St.).

General information about parking is available at http://campusinfo.umich.edu/article/parking .

U-M Permit Parking: Gold and blue parking is available in three nearby U-M parking structures: N4 Thayer Structure (Thayer St., map quadrant 2-H); N13 Fletcher Structure (Fletcher St., map quadrant 2-L), and; N26 Palmer Structure (Palmer Dr., map quadrant 2-M). More gold and blue parking is available by the 300 North Ingalls Bldg. (four blocks north, on N. Ingalls St.).

Phone and email contacts at the U-M Parking & Transportation Services are provided at http://pts.umich.edu/site_tools/contact_us.php .

Public and Alternative Transportation:
The Magic Bus website provides real-time status of (free) U-M campus bus routes and schedules.

Public bus-transit schedules (& fares) for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area are provided by The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide).

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) offers an interactive map for locating public-access, rentable Zip cars, bicycles, etc.


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PCCS Director, Ed Sarath,
en moderates and participates in PCCS’ exciting panel discussions.
[photo by Gregory Fox Photography]

Ed Sarath