“Why Should We Care? Disaster and Ethics,” a presentation and discussion led by David Dillard-Wright, visiting fellow, Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at UND, and assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, will lead this intriguing discussion about one of the most compelling issues we face today at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in the MSUM Science Lab 118. It’s free and open to the public.

In the wake of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, not to mention the ever-present suffering around the world, it is worth taking the time to ask, not simply what one can do to help, but whether any of us should care enough about others to consider helping in the first place. Are we morally obligated to feel for those far away? Should we care for people of different cultures, religions, ethnicities or races? How ought we manage our emotions when tragedy seems so distant from our day-to-day lives?