November 17th to 19th 2005

7th International Conference

on Ethics Across the Curriculum


Ringling School of Art & Design

Sarasota, Florida

November 17th-19th, 2005

Reception November 16th, 7-9 p.m.


Directors: Douglas Chismar

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez


Theme: The Arts and Responsibility


Keynote speaker: Roger Shimomura


The “creative class” has emerged as a hot job market in the 21st century economy. Artists and designers increasingly shape not only the art of the gallery or museum, but also consumer products, public and personal spaces, films and TV programs, and corporate images. With the rise of “new media,” images have become more powerful, and new non-linear, digital, and interactive modes of storytelling have challenged us all to new standards of visual and media literacy. This long reach of the arts into everyday and public life raises a variety of ethical issues pertaining to the social responsibility of artists and those who teach them. Government funding, artistic collaboration and appropriation, sustainable design, freedom of expression, ethnic representation, and commodification are just a sample of the topics that arise as we attempt to assess the impact of artists on society. How can we encourage aspiring artists and designers to anticipate these issues and respond with a strong sense of social responsibility?


Submissions may speak to the theme of the Conference or to other issues regarding ethics across the curriculum and may be abstracts, papers, or other standard forms of presenta-tion. Submissions should be formatted for blind review, postmarked no later than September 1st, and sent to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society, Steven Scales, at or by hard copy to Dr. Stephen Scales, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson MD 21252. Phone: 410.704.2752 Fax: 410.704.4398. Questions about submissions should be sent to the directors.


The Society publishes Teaching Ethics, and papers for conferences may be considered for publication.


Past and Future Conferences

of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum:


1st — October 1999, Rochester Institute of Technology

2nd — October 19-22, 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah

3rd — January 31-February 3, 2002, University of Florida

4th — October 27-29, 2002, Clemson University

5th — October 23-26, 2003, St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas

6th — October14-16, 2004, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

7th — November 17-20, 2005, Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida

8th — October 2006, Dartmouth College


The Society publishes Teaching Ethics, and papers for conferences may be considered for publication.


Funded by:


  • The Ethics Center at Utah Valley State College
  • Dr. James Dale Ethics Center at Youngstown State University
  • The Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • FIPSE, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
  • Updated September 5, 2005