Events

 

Deborah Mower

2019 Faculty Summer Seminar

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hume Bryant Professor of Ethics

University of Mississippi

May 7 - 10, 2019

 

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  Foamboard announcement for the 2019 Faculty Sumer Seminar with Dr. Deborah Mower.

The Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce the 2019 Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Summer Seminar with guest scholar Dr. Deborah Mower from the University of Mississippi. 

Given the pluralism of beliefs, practices, and values within America, heated disagreement in public life is both a feature of our history and common in our daily experience. Public discourse enables us to form public policy despite such disagreements, but moral conviction often halts discussion, results in the refusal to engage, licenses moral outrage, and sometimes ends in violence. American society is becoming an outrage culture where productive public discourse seems an increasingly unlikely outcome. In this seminar, we will examine the phenomenon of moralization, the nature of moral conviction, the rise of the outrage culture, the role of civility, and a variety of methods that can perhaps arrest and reverse this process both within our classrooms and our public lives.  

 

2019 Student Ethics Symposium

Friday, April 12th, 2019

 

 Foamboad schedule for the 2019 Student Ethics Symposium.

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.

 

Michael Goode

"Race and Reconciliation in American History"

2019 Appomattox Luncheon

Session Video

 

Dr. Michael Goode at the Salt Lake City Library.

Michael Goode is an Associate Professor of History. As a historian of early America and the British Atlantic with a particular focus on religion and political culture, he researches and writes about how early modern peoples thought about and negotiated violence, colonialism, and warfare – and what this tells us about our present-day engagement with these vexing problems. His book project examines the role of peace as a language and practice of government in colonial Pennsylvania. 

A. Scott Anderson

 
President and CEO
Zions Bank

2019 Kirk R. Englehardt Business Ethics Award

Reed & Christine Halladay Executive Lecture 

This poster advertises the 2019 Kirk Englehardt Award winner, A. Scott Anderson President and CEO of Zions Bank.
Utah Valley University has a strong track-record in the area of business and professional ethics with substantial contributions from both the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business. The annual Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award honors an individual who demonstrates a continual dedication to ethics through their practices in business. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business and is a part of the UVU Executive Lecture Series. The award is one of the longest running business ethics designations in the country. 

 


2019 Thirtieth Annual David R. Keller

Environmental Ethics Symposium

"The Air We Breathe: Ethical Dimensions of Air Pollution"

March 29th, 2019

 

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 Flier for the 2018 Environmental Ethics Symposium entitled "The Air We Breathe."

Though everyone needs air, human beings are often careless about what they emit into the air and about how it affects all living beings. This interdisciplinary symposium will explore a variety of ethical questions related to air quality, pollution, and climate change. Is pollution an urgent environmental problem? What policies will best address these issues? What can individuals do in response?

 

Robert Goldberg

"Talking Conspiracy in the Age of Trump"

Brownbag Discussion

Director, Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah.


Author of Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America (Yale University Press)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Session Video 

Robert Goldberg's portrait. 

This talk will explore the changing nature of conspiracy thinking in the 21st century. It will focus primarily on discourse surrounding President Donald Trump and the “outrage industry” that has been emboldened as a result. It will also suggest problems that conspiracy talk poses for maintaining a vibrant and healthy democracy.

Robert A. Goldberg is the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and Professor of History at the University of Utah. He is the author of eight books with his last two, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Barry Goldwater and Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America (Yale University Press). His most recent publication is the co-edited volume Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner (University of Utah Press). He is the recipient of twelve teaching honors along with the University of Utah’s most prestigious award, the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence in 2008.  

Eboo Patel

Interfaith Youth Core

"Religious Diversity and American Civic Culture"

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Session Video

 Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core
 

Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape.

For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred GroundInterfaith Leadership: A Primerand Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American PromiseHe holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. These days, Eboo spends most of his time on the road, doing what he loves: meeting students, educators, and community leaders to talk about the complex landscape of religious diversity and the power of interfaith cooperation in the 21st century.

 

Rodger Broomé

"The Business of Public Safety: The Ethos of Customer Service in Community Protection"

Feb. 4th, 2018
 

This is Dr. Rodger Broomé. 

Rodger Broomé is an Assistant Professor at Department of Emergency Services at the Utah Valley University (UVU). Broomé is a retired police officer and firefighter/emergency medical technician and after working in the emergency services for 22 years, he has taken a faculty position at UVU. He is an alumnus of Saybrook University, training in descriptive phenomenological psychological research with Amedeo Giorgi, specializing in researching the lived-experiences of emergency responders and other related topics. He also teaches psychology in the College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University and is a dissertation committee chair.

  

Twenty-Ninth Annual David R. Keller

Environmental Ethics Symposium

"The Ethics of Utah Lake Conservation"

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

 

Schedule of events for the 2018 Environmental Ethics Symposium. 
As the largest freshwater lake wholly in the state, Utah Lake should serve as a major recreational resource.  The lake holds great potential for swimming, sailing, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. The popularity of the lake for these uses, however, is limited by a host of environmental concerns, including pollution and invasive species. This conference will explore these environmental challenges of Utah Lake, and how those challenges limit the lake’s full potential as a resource and as an ecosystem. 

"The Trump Administration and Bears Ears National Monument"

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Dusty Jansen

Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies,
Utah Valley University

Elvira Murphy

Vice Chairperson
Confederated Tribes of Goshute

Ryan Benally

Vice Chairperson, Red Mesa
Dine Advisory Committee Co-Vice President,
Stewards of San Juan County

 

  This is the Bears Ears Brown Bag publicity flier.
The Trump Administration, The Antiquities Act, and Shrinking National Monuments. 
 

2018 Symposium on Religious Pluralism and Democracy

March 29 - 30, 2019

Flier for the 2018 Symposium on Religious Pluralism and Democracy.

Religious diversity is at the heart of ethical debates surrounding democratic culture, peace, and civil society. We live in a world in which religious pluralism is deeply contested. The escalation of violence against religious minorities threatens to undermine core democratic values of tolerance, respect for difference, and interfaith dialogue. This interdisciplinary symposium will engage the intersection of religious diversity and democracy from historical, legal, ethical, and peace building perspectives.


Gail Miller

Owner and Chairwoman,
Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
  

Kirk R. Englehardt Business Ethics Award

Reed & Christine Halladay Executive Lecture

April 19, 2018

This poster advertises the 2018 Kirk Englehardt Award Winner Gail Miller Owner and Chairwoman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.
Utah Valley University has a strong track-record in the area of business and professional ethics with substantial contributions from both the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business. The annual Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award honors an individual who demonstrates a continual dedication to ethics through their practices in business. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business and is a part of the UVU Executive Lecture Series. The award is one of the longest running business ethics designations in the country. 

2018 Student Ethics Symposium

April 17, 2018
 
This is the publicity poster for the 2018 Student Ethics Symposium.

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.


Drs. Elaine Englhardt and Michael S. Pritchard

2018 Faculty Summer Seminar

"Things That Matter: Obstacles and Pathways to Ethics in the Real World"

May 8 - 11, 2018
 
Flier for the 2018 Faculty Summer Seminar with lectures Elaine Englhardt and Michael S. Pritchard.

The Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce the 2018 Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Summer Seminar with guest scholars Elaine Englehardt and Michael Pritchard.  

This is a seminar about moral hope. Despite the plethora of moral failures we encounter in commerce, politics and in personal lives, most of these failures are either unnecessary or could be handled more appropriately. Often they do not arise from the deliberate intention to do harm, but from our not thinking carefully or clearly enough about what we are doing. This can take the banal form of blind obedience to some form of institutional or organizational authority, which may be presumed to release us from responsibility for the consequences of our own actions and judgments.

 


Alex Wubbels

Registered Nurse,

University of Utah Hospital

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

 

 This is Alex Wubbels, a registered nurse from the University of Utah.

Alex Wubbels received national attention because she refused to allow the police to draw blood from an unconscious patient at the University of Utah Hospital. Her subsequent arrest was captured on body camera footage and the case resulted in a legal settlement.

 

Ethics Awareness Week

"Truth & Misinformation"

September 24 - 28, 2018

  This is the email flier for the 2017 Ethics Awareness Week.

 

Ethics Awareness Week explores the ethical dimensions of variety of issues through panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, lectures, and other events. The week also includes the Excellence in Ethics Award and a keynote address. All events are free and open to the public and we encourage participation on the part of students, faculty, and members of our community. 


2018 Ethics Awareness Week Keynote Speakers

Julian Zelizer

"Truth & Lies in Modern Politics: Can We Restore Trust in the Public Square?"

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Professor of History & Public Affairs,
Princeton University
Political Analyst, CNN
 
Sept. 25, 2019
 

This is a picture of Julian Zelizer. 

 Julian E. Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He is the author and editor of over fifteen books including his most recent work, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (2015). In addition to scholarly articles and book chapters, Zelizer has published over 800 op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.com. He is a regular news commentator on radio, television, and in print. He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and New America.


John T. Kesler

Excellence in Ethics Award

Founder and Chair,
 
Sept. 26, 2018
 
This is a picture of Joh T. Kesler the winner of UVU's 2018 Excellence in Ethics Award.
John T. Kesler is an attorney, facilitator, writer, consultant and lecturer residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served as Communities Editor of National Civic Reviewthe oldest and most respected journal in the United States addressing local civic and democratic practices. He led several studies relating to civic and citizen engagement and community movements that were funded by national foundations, and is credited with identifying, writing about and improving on many cutting edge aspects of citizen engagement and community flourishing.  Mr. Kesler founded and chairs the Salt Lake Civil Network (SLCN) and the Global Civil Network.  As executive director of the US healthy community coalition, John revived the healthy community global action network and served as senior consultant to the founding of GAN-Net, the network of global action networks. He was a founding member of the Integral Institute and a founding teacher of the Integral Spiritual Center. He is a visiting faculty for Pacific Integral in Seattle. John has also developed and shares an integrally informed awareness and life practice called integral polarity practice through the Integral Polarity Practice (IPP) institute.

Jeff Peterson

"The Kaepernick Effect: Employer Reputation vs. Personal Expression"

October 11th, 2018
 
Jeff Peterson presented at UVU's Appomattox Project Brownbag event on October 11th, 2018.
 

Stephenie Larsen

Founder & CEO
Encircle: LGBTQ+ Family and Youth Resource Center

Wednesday, November 7th 2018 
 
This is Stephanie Larsen.

Stephenie Larsen founded Encircle LGBTQ Family Youth Resource Center, a non-profit organization in Provo that is a safe place for LGBTQ youth and their families. Stephenie was born and raised in Utah County, graduated from BYU University and BYU Law School, was married in the LDS temple, and has six children. She held traditional Mormon views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, etc., until she met and grew to know her husband's uncle, John Williams -- a gay man. The relationship they developed inspired her to open Encircle in February 2017 and to work toward improving the church's difficult relationship with the LGBTQ community. Later this fall, Encircle will open a 2nd location in Salt Lake City in honor of John called the John Williams Encircle House. Plans are also underway to open a 3rd location in St. George, UT.


"What’s in a Name? ‘Mormons,’ ‘Latter-day Saints’ and the 
Politics of Self-identity"

Nov. 14th, 2018


Panel Video


Peggy Fletcher Stack

Religion Writer
Salt Lake Tribune

Hal Boyd

Special Assistant to the Managing Director, Public Affairs Department
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Loyd Isao Ericson

Managing Editor
Greg Kofford Books

Brian D. Birch (moderator)

Director, Religious Studies Program
Utah Valley University

This is a text collage in the form of a comics word balloon that includes many different names of religious groups that fit under the
In the most recent General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson directed church members to avoid using the term “Mormon.” Though the church has long encouraged use of its official name, this directive is a significant “course correction” for an institution that has both utilized and eschewed its long-standing nickname. With its recent ad campaign entitled “I’m a Mormon” and the feature film “Meet the Mormons,” the church faces a challenge in distancing itself from its own successful branding efforts. These developments raise challenging questions for academics, publishers, and journalists who write, reflect, and report on the church. This panel will engage these issues with the aim of cultivating probing and productive dialogue.

Tim Ballard

Founder & CEO
Operation Underground Railroad

Kirk R. Englehardt Business Ethics Award

Reed & Christine Halladay Executive Lecture Series

March 2, 2017

This poster advertises the 2017 Kirk Englehardt Award winner Tim Ballard, Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad.
Utah Valley University has a strong track-record in the area of business and professional ethics with substantial contributions from both the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business. The annual Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award honors an individual who demonstrates a continual dedication to ethics through their practices in business. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business and is a part of the UVU Executive Lecture Series. The award is one of the longest running business ethics designations in the country.