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2019 Student Ethics Symposium

Friday, April 12th
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Clarke Building, Room 510

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.


11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

“Bears Ears National Monument: Integrating Care Ethics into Stewardship and Righting Environmental Injustices”

Elexis Kain, Philosophy Major with a minor in Art History

“Ethics in the Illusory Universe"

Trevor Hollister, Undecided Major

“Adderall Use Among the College Cohort: Harmful or Helpful?”

Jeramy Ashton, Philosophy Major with minors in Ethics and Gender Studies


12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

Student Panel

“Engaging Ethical Issues: A Report from the Appomattox Project”


1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

“Healthcare Ethics”

Tyrel Porter, Philosophy Major with minors in Chemistry and Biology

“Mystic Experience and Reliability”

Payden Alder, Philosophy Major

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Presenter Biographies

Elexis Kain

Elexis Kain is Junior of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. She is deeply interested in environmental issues and their intersections civil and human rights. She is hoping to pursue a graduate education in environmental law.

Trevor Hollister

Trevor Hollister is a first-year student here at UVU in my second semester. He is currently undecided about his major and is trying to see where he fits. He has a deep interest in philosophy, literature, and filmmaking. He wrote and directed multiple short films in high school very focused on different philosophical ideas relating to death, grief, and consciousness.

Jeramy Ashton

Jeramy Ashton is a senior studying Philosophy with a dual minor in Ethics and Gender Studies. With an interest in Healthcare and policy, He plans to attend Law School and pursue a future in Healthcare Law. In his spare time, Jeramy enjoys distance running, hiking and reading.

Tyrel Porter

Tyrel Porter is a senior at UVU currently. He is majoring in philosophy with a minor in both chemistry and biology. He has had an interest in medicine since a young age and am preparing to apply for medical school. Merging his love of philosophy with my interest in medicine, he has been drawn to learning more about bioethics and health policy during my time at UVU.

Payden Alder

Payden Alder is a philosophy major in my junior year at UVU. He is primarily interested in  researching ethics and epistemology. He aspires to go to graduate school studying similar things.

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