October 8th to 10th 2015

17th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum


Clemson University

Greenville, South Carolina



Dan Wueste (Clemson)

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez (Youngstown State University)

Alan Preti (Rosemont College)


Ethics Without Borders: Program Schedule (PDF Download)


Thursday, October 8, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration 


12:30-1 Welcome: Dan Wueste, Clemson University


1-2:20 Concurrent Session 1 (A, B, C)

1A. Panel on Judicial Ethics

Chair: Wade Robison, Rochester Institute of Technology

Elaine Englehardt, Setsuko Matsuyama, Michael Pritchard, and Colin Winchester, “Judicial Canons of Ethics, Nationally and Internationally”


1B. The Self: Identity & Responsibility

Chair: Michelle Webster, Baldwin Wallace University

Phyllis Vandenberg, “Boundaries and Human Limitations: When and For What am I Responsible?”

Erik Wingrove-Haugland, “Individuals Without Borders: ‘Ethics Without Borders’ and Personal Identity”

Hannah Venable, “Foucault’s Care of Self: An Ethical Approach to Technology in the Global Age”


1C. Cosmopolitanism

Chair: Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University

Stephen Scales, “A Cosmopolitan Ethics of Belief”

Landon Frim, “Can One Be a ‘Realist’ Cosmopolitan?”

Matthew Konieczka, “Is Moral Cosmopolitanism Compatible with Virtue Ethics?”


2:30 – 3:45  


Judith Lichtenberg, Georgetown University

Chair: Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez,

Youngstown State University


3:45 – 4 Break


4-5:30 Concurrent Session 2 (A, B, C)

A. New Harms, Rights, and Restorative Justice

Chair: Peggy Vandenberg, Grand Valley State University

Brian Wilson, “The New Harms and the Scope of Obligations”

Robert L. Muhlnickel, “Immigration and Moral Tragedy”

Michelle Webster, “‘What happens in Vegas…’: From Bystanders to Upstanders Using a Facing History and Ourselves Model for Restorative Justice”


2B. Realism, Meaning, Character, and the Good Life

Chair: Stephen Scales, Towson University

Howard Ducharme, “Five Types of Neuroethics: From Nihilism to Ethical Realism”

John Uglietta, “Problems of Meaning in the Modern World”

Charles Starkey, “Sustaining Character”


2C. Health Care

Chair: Courtney Campbell, Oregon State University

Misti Anderson and Elizabeth Fenton, “Global Public Health Planning and Response Case Studies as a Teaching Tool”

Kimberly Peer, “Addressing Moral Decline through Values Education in Health Care Education: Powerful Lessons from Cuba”

Eileen Watson, “Ethical-Decision-Making Abilities: Reflection on Moral Accountability”


5:30-6:30 Social Gathering

Dinner (on your own)


Friday, October 9

9-10:20 Concurrent Session 3 (A, B, C, D)

3A. Sports

Chair: Kimberly Peer, Kent State University

Linda Johnston and Claudia Stura, “The Ethics of Cross-Cultural Sports Teams”

Gretchen Schlabach, “Blurry Boundaries of Interprofessional Practice (IPP): Framing Ethical Deliberation in Athletic Training Education”


3B. Practical and Professional Ethics

Chair: Dan Wueste, Clemson University

Wade Robison, “The Norms of Professional Ethics”

Stuart Yoak, “A Conversation on the Future of Practical and Professional Ethics”


3C. Globalization and Business Education

Chair: Alan Tomhave, Youngstown State University

Peter Hardi, “Integrity in Business: Challenges of an Innovative Curriculum Framework for MBA and Executive Education”


3D. Ethics Education: Goals, Outcomes, and Assessment

Chair: Hannah Lyn Venable, University of Dallas

Juny Montoya, Angela Salas, and Mónica Almanza, “Ethics Across the University Curriculum: Relationships Between Students’ Perceptions of Learning and Teaching Activities”

Thomas Cunningham, Allison Merrick, Rochelle Green, Leah Eisenberg, and D. Micah Hester, “The Curricular Ethics Bowl: Answering Pedagogical Challenges”


10:20 – 10:30 am Coffee Break



Keynote Address:

Owen Flanagan, Duke University

Chair: Alan Preti, Rosemont College


11:45-1 Lunch (on your own)


1-2:25 Concurrent Session 4 (A, B, C)

4A. Teaching Ethics with Fiction and Art

Chair: Barry Sharpe, Mars Hill University

Michael Schwartz and Debra Comer, “Ethics of Victimhood: A Moral Argument Using Fictional Figures from Different Sides of the Border”

Kimberly Peer, “The Painter and the Cameraman: Using Art as a Pedagogical Strategy to Encourage Differing Perspectives in Ethical Decision-making”

Louis Tietje and Steven Cresap, “Pedagogical Caricature and Political Education: How to Teach a Contested Concept”


4B. Libertarianism, Communitarianism, Rights and Duties

Chair: Mark Vopat, Youngstown State University

Samuel Kampa, “A Libertarian Argument for Humanitarian Intervention”

Elaine Englehardt, “Community Needs and Individual Rights – a Middle Ground”

Udoka Okafor, “Duties to the Poor: An Analysis of the Herman-Kantian Conception of Beneficence”


4C. The Capability Approach

Chair: John Uglietta, Grand Valley State University

David McGraw, “Creating Flourishing Societies: The Ethics of Secession and Self-Determination”

Allison Cohen, “The Capability Approach: How Will We Define Human Well-Being as Science Redefines Human Potentiality?”

William Frey, “Teaching STEM Students Responsible Well-Being by Cultivating Compassion”


2:30-3:50 Concurrent Session 5 (A, B, C)

5A. Comparative Ethics and Intercultural Awareness

Chair: Alan Preti, Rosemont College

Michael Pritchard, “The ‘Cultural Spectacles’ of Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator”

Hari Dhakal, “Social Construction of Childhood in Hinduism in Nepal”

Tim Shiell, “Infusing Non-Western Perspectives into Ethics Courses”


5B. Climate Change, Sustainability, and Moral Obligation

Chair: Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University

Courtney Campbell, “From Lynn White, Jr. to Francis I and Laudato si: Revisiting Climate Change, Environmental Responsibility, and Religious Ethics”

Kim Skoog, “The Role of World Religions in Environmental Sustainability”

Nathan Nobis and Dan Hooley, “Eating Animals and the Environment”


5C. Pedagogical Strategies for Active Learning

Chair: Robert Kirkman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ryan Bell, “Learner-Centered Ethics: Consideration of 3 Experimental Assignments in the Ethics Classroom”

Brenden Kendall, “A Pedagogical Framework for Dialogic Engagement with Ethics Case Studies”

Alain Beauclair, “Getting Students to take Morality Personally: Overcoming Moral Management Through the Cultivation of Choice”


3:50 – 4 Coffee Break 


4-5:30 Concurrent Session 6 (A, B, C, D)

6A. Intercultural Ethical Competency

Chair: Samuel Kampa, Fordham University

Sandra L. Borden, “Ethics Ahoy! Study Abroad Strategies for Bringing Home the Complexity of Moral Judgments”

Joanne Lalonde, “Packing an Ethical Suitcase: Pre-departure Workshops for University Students Volunteering Internationally”

Sherwood Thompson, “Cultural Competence: Imperative for Sustaining Global Citizenship Ethics”


6B. Religion and Ethics

Chair: Aaron Kerr, Gannon University

Dennis Plaisted, “On Justifying One’s Acceptance of Divine Command Theory”

Edgar Velez, “Pluralism and Religion in the Introduction to Ethics”

Eun Young Hwang, “Subaltern Religion in the Post-Secular Age: Taylor and Bhabha on the Interstitial Negotiation of Ethnic-Religious Minorities with the Immanent Frame”


6C. American Values: For-Profits and Non-Profits

Chair: Robert Kirkman, Georgia Institute of Technology

  1. A. Eve Krahe, “The Ethics of For-Profit Education”

Crystal Money, “Nonprofit Organizations and the Ever-changing Culture of the American Society: An Analysis of Values and Support.”


6D. Panel on Science and Engineering Ethics

Chair: Joseph Herkert, Arizona State University

Karin Ellison, Jason Borenstein, Qin Zhu, Brent Jesiek, Valerie Racine, “Teaching Science and Engineering Ethics: Methods and Resources”



Banquet and Presidential Address

   Deborah Mower, Youngstown State University


Saturday, October 10

9-10:10 Concurrent Session 7 (A, B, C, D)

7A. Engineering Ethics

Chair: Richard Wilson, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Robert Kirkman and Katherine Fu, “Design <−> Ethics: A Participatory Exercise in Course Design”


7B. Medical Ethics

Chair: Charles Starkey, Clemson University

Courtney Campbell, “The Suicide Tourist”

Angelika Potema, “Everybody Makes Mistakes: Implications of Medical Mistakes for Ethics Teaching and Research”


7C. Education Ethics

Chair: Tim Schiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Barry Sharpe, “Getting Our Hands Dirty: Reimagining the “Problem of Dirty Hands” for the Classroom”

Teddi Fishman, “‘What is Water?’ said the Fish: Interrogating Latent Academic Integrity Norms, Expectations, and Systems”


7D. Conflict and Gun Control

Chair: Erik Wingrove-Haugland, United States Coast Guard Academy

Jacob Schriner-Briggs, “Distorting Self-Defense: Philosophical Justifications and Stand-Your-Ground Laws”

Aaron Kerr, “Acknowledgement in a Digital Age of Global Conflict: Veterans as Guests in the Ethics Classroom”


10:15-11:45 Concurrent Session 8 (A, B, C, D)

8A. Exploitation and Global Poverty

Chair: Donna Werner, St. Louis Community College at Meramec

Michael Hartsock and Erik Roark, “Exploitive Offers and Global Poverty”

Adam Potthast, “Communitarianism, Global Poverty, and Rapidly Changing Technology”

Suzanne Weaver, “A Cross Cultural Analysis of Child Trafficking in Nepal, Liberia and Nicaragua”


8B. Crossing Pedagogical Borders

Chair: Deborah S. Mower, Youngstown State University

Stephen Satris, “Ethics Within Borders”

Nathan Dickman, “Isn’t Ethics Already Across the Curriculum? Making Virtues Visible to Increase Colleague Participation in EAC”

Charles Starkey and Stephen Satris, “Taking Ethics Out of the Margins: Working With Faculty to Bring Ethics Into Courses”


8C. New Frontiers in Ethics

Chair: David McGraw, James Madison University

Richard Wilson and Michael W. Nestor, “CRISPR and Gene Drive: On the Border Between Therapy and Weapons”

Kelly Smith, “Why Ethicists Should Care about Astrobiology”

Richard Wilson, “Drones and Disaster Relief: Ethical and Anticipated Ethical Issues”


8D. Clemson Student Panel

Chair: Mark Small, Clemson University

Ida Hadato, Corona Jiang, Ben Ole Koissaba, Arelis Moore de Peralta, Natallia Sianko, Marian Turcan, “Everyday Ethics: Observations from International Newcomers to the U.S.”


Sponsored by:

  • The Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University
  • The Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University
  • 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 14, 2015