2018 Student Ethics Symposium

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Friday, April 17th
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Classroom Building Forth Floor, CB 417

The purpose of this forum is to promote critical and academic inquiry related to ethical issues of all disciplines. The forum embraces the chief goal of the UVU Center for the Study of Ethics: “to promote the Jeffersonian ideal of an educated citizenry by bringing diverse voices together in thoughtful and productive dialogue.” Students of all majors are invited to submit topics. Topics may address any dimension of ethical inquiry, both historical and contemporary. Selection to present will be based upon topic quality and innovation, as well as excellence in reasoning and research.

Schedule of Events


1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

“Generating Precedence for Absolutely Universal Rights: Energy as a Foundation for Protections”

Tyler Janes, Department of Philosophy

"Towards the Moral Considerations of Plants"

Erin Call, Department of Integrated Studies (Environmental Studies and Geography)

“The Gospel According to Sufjan: When the Theological Becomes Personal”

Nathan Tucker, Student Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethics

2:30 - 3:45 a.m.

"The Principles of Cultural Violence and Peace”

Lucas Draney, Department of Behavioral Science (Anthropology emphasis)

“The Gambling Machine: A Material Lamentation in Odds and Ideals”

Dillon Boss, Department of History and Political Science

“Inclusion and Exclusion in Northern Ireland's Peace Process”

Monica English, Student Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethics

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion - "Human Exceptionalism: Shifting toward Biocentrism"

Gabriel Toscano, Department of Philosophy and Integrated Studies Program

Katelyn Hickman, Department of Philosophy and Integrated Studies Program

Russell Hatch, Department of Philosophy and Environmental Studies Program