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The Appomattox Project is a multi-year effort designed to focus on the ethical dimensions of civic discourse, public policy, and democratic society. The project includes a variety of activities including workshops, public lectures, student research projects, panel discussions, and community engagement.

As the site where the American Civil War ended, the Appomattox Court House has become a symbol of reconciliation and civil discourse. Likewise, the Appomattox Project aims to engage critical issues in our public life and to explore how ethical principles and practices shape civil society.

The project is administered by UVU's Center for the Study of Ethics in collaboration with campus and community partners.

UVU Launches Room for Debate

Room for Debate is a lively exchange of ideas designed to promote healthy and productive civic dialogue. Questions are posed to a set of panelists with the aim of eliciting thoughtful, probing, and diverse responses. The series invites readers to engage challenging issues that speak to the purpose and well-being of American public life.


Events

Spring
Lecture 

"Defining Race: An American Dilemma"

Wednesday,
April 20, 2022
12:00 - 12:50pm

In person and livetream via YouTube Live
CB101A

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Appomattox Partnership

"Healing Conversations Conference"
Toward Bridging Social and Political Divisions 

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
10:00 - 5:30 p.m.



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Spring
Lecture

"The Divided States of America?"
Reasons for Hope in a Fractured Nation

Wednesday
March 3, 2021

Virtual via YouTube Live




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Brownbag 
Discussion

"Partisanship & the Public Good"

Friday,
April 9, 2021

Virtual via YouTube Live

 



Components

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Undergraduate Research Projects

The Appomattox Project supports undergraduate research teams assembled to
explore the ethical dimensions of current public policy debates.
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Lectures & Symposia

The Appomattox Project supports public lectures and symposia exploring the ethical dimensions of public life and civil discourse
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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. Students will select legislation or public initiatives to examine specifically for its ethical content and implications.


A Shared Sentence: Children of the Incarcerated (2018-2019)

The issue of incarcerated parents is particularly pressing in the United States because it has the highest per-capita incarceration in the world. Entire communities are destabilized by the staggering number of families caught in the vicious cycle of intergenerational incarceration in the United States.

The objective of this research project was to identify the gaps that exist within the prison system and society that perpetuate intergenerational incarceration and recommend solutions that are actionable. This project was done in partnership with the Office of New Urban Mechanics (ONUM) focusing on Salt Lake City's multi-agency Operation Rio Grande

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Campus & Community Partners

The Appomattox Project has developed partnerships with local organizations committed to enhancing ethics in public life.