Dr. Nall’s has been invited to speak on a wide-range of topics in more than 20 cities, from Miami to Jacksonville, to Chattanooga, and San Jose. Topics of past talks have ranged from ethical eating, peace and justice, the representation of women and childbirth in popular culture, the problem of militarism, the history of the separation of church and state, stereotyping the poor, to understanding feminist theory and activism. To inquire about having him speak before your group leave a comment below or send an email to sabletide(at)yahoo(dotcom).
Dr. Nall is noted for delivering accessible, engaging talks that infuse passion, compassion and reason. Drawing on his experience as a father, University and State College professor, and professional scholar, Dr. Nall can aptly engage a variety of groups, from teenage, young and/or mature adult. He is also available to speak in a variety of formats including leading small and large group talks, Sunday services, traditional lecture, and lecture/group discussions.
Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
The Facts of Fast Food Life: Having it Our Way at Their Expense/ Why Fast Food Workers are Entitled to Better Pay, and the Moral Obscenities that Prevent them from a Living Wage In this talk Dr. Nall explains that much of what we assume about fast food workers is wrong. Beyond assessing the often mistaken factual claims about workers, Nall discusses the key ethical questions surrounding the debate. He shares a variety of arguments that explain why workers in a variety of low-pay sectors including fast-food, retail, and adjunct teaching are entitled to higher wages. Moreover, Nall explains how consumers—including many progressives—contribute to the dominant “common sense” that routinely justifies the exploitation of workers in the retail and food service industries.
Occupy Ethics: The Meaning of Moral Equality: In this talk Dr. Nall explains seeks to bring clarity to the confusion around the idea of “equality” and the belief that all are “equal.” In addition to explaining the concept in ways he believes most should be able to agree upon, he further calls upon progressives to more meaningfully engage not simply the facts but also exploration and application of moral principles.
Our Desert and their Slavery: The Hidden Horrors in Chocolate and how we can each Foster Social Change: Dr. Nall will discuss little known evidence that much of the chocolate (and coffee) are improving our health while simultaneously jeopardizing the freedom and lives of hundreds of thousands around the world including many children.
The Feminism of Childbirth, a Father’s Perspective on Witnessing his Partner’s Birth
Feminist Theory: Distinguishing Sex and Gender
Men and Feminism: What do the two have to do with each other? Discussion of feminism’s relevance to men. Feminists reject the notion that men are biologically destined to lives devoted to detachment and destruction. Rather, feminists contend that such a story of masculinity, be it told by theologians, philosophers, or scientists, is purposed to maintain a status-quo that readies boys for lives in armies of corporate profiteers; that it perpetuates the “man-eat-man” mentality that underlies consumerism and the objectification of human beings; and, on the whole, furthers a society premised on interaction between one egoist self to another. Dr. Nall explains the way in which feminist thinkers contend their philosophical and political movement possesses the insights capable of changing the consciousness of the men upon whom our hopes for peace and justice so significantly depend upon.
Exiting Plutocracy’s Closet of Shame: How the Poor are Dehumanized and Why Low-Income Americans Should Self-Identify as “Poor” Mainstream media and political discourse rarely discuss America’s poor. When the poor are the subject of discussion, they are often spoken for and about rather than spoken to or listened to. In this talk Dr. Jeffrey Nall argues that dominant culture implements a variety of conceptual weapons including stereotyping to justify the subjugation and exploitation of the poor. Dr. Nall suggests that in addition to addressing questions of political processes and institutions it is equally imperative that we begin to critically interrogate our thinking about the poor. This is important because many well intentioned people possess background beliefs about the poor that perpetuate their oppression.
Our Moral Responsibility in Light of the Arab Spring: Spotlight on Bahrain A discussion of American moral obligations in
light of the 2011 Arab Spring. Specifically, what does the continuing Arab revolt against oppressive regimes mean for Americans? What does it teach us about American foreign policy?
Virtue Over Victory Why we should place greater emphasis on our character, and not simply concentrate on achieving “victory” in pursuit of social justice causes
Social Change in the Face of Futility
What’s Wrong with Militarism? Discussing the moral problems of not merely a particular war but the broader institution of the military.