Dec. 2: Environmental ethics, waste on the Palouse discussed

By Bev Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Garbology-100PULLMAN, Wash. – The impacts and ethics of waste disposal on the Palouse will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Todd 116 as part of the Washington State University Common Reading Tuesdays lecture series.

The free, public talk will be presented by professor Bill Kabasenche and five students in his environmental ethics class (Philosophy 370).

“Where does that bottle, leftover food or old laptop go when you dispose of it?” Kabasenche asks. “Our trash is out of sight but should it be out of mind? What are the ethical issues we should think about in disposing of our waste?”

His research specialty is the ethics of biomedical technologies – both of research and the implications of its application. He was the Bell fellow in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia before coming to WSU in 2007. He has served as co-director of the Pullman Regional Hospital Ethics Committee.

He earned his B.A. in philosophy and biology and M.A. in theology at Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Tennessee.

The 2014-15 common reading book is “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.” For more information, see


Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,