The Appomattox Project is a multi-year effort designed to focus on the ethical dimensions of democratic societies, civil discourse, public policy, and the sustainability of shared institutions. The project includes a variety of events and activities including workshops, public lectures, undergraduate research projects, panel discussions, and community engagement.
As the site that ended the American Civil War, Appomattox Court House has become a symbol of reconciliation and civil discourse. The aim of the project is to engage critical issues in our public life and to explore how ethical principles and practices shape civil society.


Alex Wubbels Brownbag

Brownbag Discussion

Tuesday, September 4th
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
National Guard Building (NG 167)

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Julian Zelizer

Ethics Awareness Week Keynote

Tuesday, September 25th 
11:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Clarke Building, (CB 511)

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Kick-off Event

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 
Clarke Building, (CB 101)

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Room for debate

Room For Debate 

Room for Debate is an online discussion series featuring diverse perspectives on contemporary ethical issues
Lectures & Symposia

Lectures & Symposia

Explores questions related to the human impact on the natural world and the ethical dimensions of environmental stewardship.

Brownbag Discussion Series

The Brownbag Discussion Series facilitates dialogue on relevant public issues in an approachable setting.

Undergraduate Research Projects

The Appomattox Project supports undergraduate research teams assembled to
explore the ethical dimensions of current public policy debates.
Classroom Resources

Classrooms Resources

Participating departments and programs will team up to create customized modules for targeted classes across campus.

Excursions & Site Visits

The Appomattox Project sponsors excursions and site visits to locations where students can experience what civil dialogue and engagement with public life look like outside the classroom.

Campus & Community Partners

The Appomattox Project has developed partnerships with local organizations that are committed to ethics in public life and improving civil discourse. The organizations below are active partners in the project’s events and objectives.