The Center for the Study of Ethics is committed to careful study and active engagement
related to the challenges of violence, injustice, and conflict in a variety of contexts.
The Center for the Study of Ethics is strengthening its partnerships with UVU Peace
and Justice Studies, Religious Studies, International Affairs & Diplomacy, and other
programs to leverage opportunities for students to understand and contribute to opportunities
for peaceful and productive reconciliation. Previous events have included various
symposia, conferences, and workshops for students and other interested parties. Examples
- Symposium on Religious Diversity and the Art of Civil Dialogue - This 2012 symposium explored strategies and methods for negotiating religious difference
in a pluralistic society. Journalists, theologians, political scientists, conflict
resolution specialists, and religious studies scholars engaged in an interdisciplinary
discussion of religious identity and the public integrity of religious communities
in American social life. Participants included Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, David
Campbell, Cecile Holmes, and Charles Randall Paul.
- Symposia on Restorative Justice and Death Penalty - This annual symposium explores the ethical implications of punitive justice and
highlights alternative approaches across ideological lines. Restorative justice is
an expanding global movement intended to balance the needs of both victims and offenders
through cooperative interaction.
- Political Perspectives in Afghanistan - This symposium explored diplomatic, political, and ethical dimensions of the war in Afghanistan. Sessions included presentations from United Nations ambassadors from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, former Utah congressional representative Chris Cannon along with military leaders, journalists, political scientists, and research analysts. The event was part of the Utah Democracy Project designed to contribute to the health of our democracy through productive dialogue and engagement.