Ethical Dimensions
of Civic Life

September 28 - October 1, 2021

All sessions will be hosted online and livestreamed from the video player above  beginning at 10:00 a.m. MST on Tuesday, September 28th. 
Free and open to the public

For more information, contact Courtney Burns at

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 28th

10:00 to
11:15 a.m.


Lecture & Discussion 
School of the Arts

"The Arts in American Civic Culture"

Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Co-director, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts


11:30 to
12:45 p.m.


Panel Discussion
Woodbury School of Business

"Corporate Civic Awareness and Social Responsibility"
What Do Businesses Owe Society?

Angela Schill, Visiting Professor of Organizational Leadership, UVU

Jill Jasperson, Professor of Legal Studies, UVU

Jeff Peterson, Professor of Organizational Leadership, UVU

Jonathan Westover, Academic Director, UVU Center for Social Impact


1:00 to
2:15 p.m.


Panel Discussion
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

"Critical Race Theory: A New Prejudice or Moral Panic?"

Kevin Wolfe
Assistant Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University


Derek Monson
Vice President for Policy, Sutherland Institute

Michael Goode
Associate Professor of History, UVU


2:30 to
3:45 p.m.


Panel Discussion
UVU African Diaspora

"Student Perspectives on Critical Race Theory"

Moderated by David Ssejinja,
Advisor, UVU Multicultural Student Services


Wednesday, September 29th

10:00 to
10:50 a.m.


Panel Discussion
National Security Studies

"The Ethics of Withdrawing from Conflicts"
Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

Ryan Vogel
Director, UVU Center for National Security Studies


Greg Jackson
Deputy Director, UVU National Security Studies Program


11:00 to
12:50 p.m.



Keynote Address
Center for the Study of Ethics

"Social Peace in a Divided Time"

Yuval Levin


Yuval Levin
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Editor-in-Chief, National Affairs 


Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review.

Dr. Levin and scholars in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies research division study the foundations of self-government and the future of law, regulation, and constitutionalism. They also explore the state of American social, political, and civic life, while focusing on the preconditions necessary for family, community, and country to flourish.


Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. 


1:00 to
1:50 p.m.



Excellence in Ethics Award & Keynote Address
Center for the Study of Ethics

"Civil Liberties and Civic Virtues"

Brittney Nystrom


Brittney Nystrom
Executive Director,
American Civil Liberties Union of Utah


Brittney Nystrom joined the ACLU of Utah as Executive Director in August 2016. 


Prior to this, Brittney served as Director for Advocacy at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) in Washington, D.C. where she advocated on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, and other vulnerable populations.  Before LIRS, Brittney was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system.


Earlier in her career, she represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She spent several years in private practice, as well, as part of the litigation team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen, LLP, also in Washington, D.C.


2:00 to
2:50 p.m.


Panel Discussion
University College

"If  Past is Prologue, What Does this Mean for a Post-Pandemic America?"

Christian Anderson
Associate Professor of Higher Education
University of South Carolina


Chris Goslin
Associate Professor Student Leadership & Success Studies, UVU


Benjamin Johnson, 
Associate Professor Student Leadership & Success Studies, UVU

Thursday, September 30th

10:00 to
11:15 a.m.


Panel Discussion
School of Education

"Civics in Public Schools"
Keeping the Peace in the Hallway and the Classroom

Axel Ramirez, Professor of Secondary Education, UVU

Kalee Crandall, Assistant Professor of School Counseling, UVU 

Dale Cox,  Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, UVU

Bryan Waite, Professor and Chair of Secondary Education, UVU


1:00 to
2:15 p.m.



Panel Discussion
College of Health & Public Service

"COVID, Civics & Civility"
When Disinformation Spreads Faster Than a Virus

Heather Thiesset, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration, UVU

Francine Jensen, Associate Professor of Nursing, UVU

Allison Ensign, Assistant Professor of Nursing, UVU

Sarah Hall, Associate Professor of Public Health, UVU

Moderator: Jennie Olson, Academic Advisor, CHPS, UVU


2:30 to
3:45 p.m.



Panel Discussion
Department of Communication

"The Marketplace of Ideas" Misinformation, Ethics & Social Media 

Leandra Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Communication, UVU

David W. Scott, Professor of Communication, UVU

Stevie Munz, Assistat Professor of Communication, UVU


Friday, October 1st

2:00 to
4:00 p.m.



Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Peace & Justice Studies & Fulton Library

"Day of Rage"
An In-Depth Look at How a Mob
Stormed the Capital

Jay Desart
Professor and Chair, Department of History & Political Science, UVU

Richard Cho
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UVU

Moderator: Lynn England

Director, Peace & Justice Studies Program, UVU