APA APA Pacific Meeting Public Forums

APA Pacific Meeting Public Forums

The 2016 APA Pacific Division Meeting will take place March 30–April 3 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The Pacific Division’s program committee has organized two off-site forums to engage with general audiences on problems of intense public interest. This year’s forums are a pilot to measure demand and to learn how best to reach the local community. Meeting participants are welcome to attend.


6:00–7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31

Runway Incubator, 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Open to the public – Tickets are $10 (includes pizza and soft drinks)

A threat to human survival or a new frontier for human flourishing? Join in a conversation about automation and the good life that goes beyond wild speculation about superintelligences and singularities.


  • Don Howard is former Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
  • Jerry Kaplan is the author of Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Patrick Lin is Director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group
  • AJung Moon is Co-founder of the Open Roboethics initiative
  • John P. Sullins is Chair of Sonoma State’s Center for Ethics, Law, and Society
  • Moderator: Shannon Vallor is President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology

Visit the event webpage for more information on the session and the panelists.



10 a.m., Saturday, April 2

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

Free and open to the public

Political propaganda is as powerful as ever, and understanding it is as important as ever. When is speech propaganda? What forms can it take? Is it ever acceptable in democracy? How does it affect public debate and decision-making? How does it subordinate groups? Three leading philosophers converse with Yale University’s Jason Stanley about his new book, How Propaganda Works.


  • Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University
  • Robert Gooding-Williams is M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University
  • Ishani Maitra is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan
  • Allen Wood is Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University.
  • Moderator: Rega Wood is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Visit the event webpage for more information on the session and the panelists.


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