Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ethics Week!

The Center for Ethics is excited to announce special activities that have been lined up for faculty, students, and for the Tyler community in recognition of our 2nd annual Ethics Week! Council members have been working diligently on these events for the past few months, and my deepest appreciation goes to them for their hard work to make Ethics Week another success!
All of the details have not yet been worked out, but please mark your calendars to attend any or all of these events! An important email will follow this email with details about the Understanding Ethics Through Culture event, Wed., Feb. 19th.
The schedule and some details are as follows; please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of these activities:
  • Monday, Feb. 17, Honor Code Initiation
    These plans are in the works and you will be hearing more about this in the very near future!
  • Monday, Feb. 17th, 5:30-7:30, OAC BallroomRSVPS NEEDED, INCLUDING STUDENTS, BY FEB. 10TH!!!

    Dr. Demetras Pappas, JD, MSc, PhD: Title of Presentation: Protecting the Public Interest Through the Role of Prosecutorial Discretion: The Interviews of Jack Kevorkian's Chief Prosecuting Attorneys as compared to Other Anglo-American Cases in Developing Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Cases with Reflection upon Legislative Responses and Prosecutorial Policies

    This event is targeted for UT Tyler Faculty, students and Tyler community leaders; appetizers and "meet and greet" will be from 5:30-6:00; she will do about a 30-35 minute presentation followed by an additional 30 minutes of questions and discussions. She has been very highly recommended and is known to be a very knowledgeable and dynamic speaker. This event maybe a co-sponsored event with the Tyler Chamber of Commerce; this is pending.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 8:00am, UC Theater RSVPS NEEDED, INCLUDING STUDENTS, BY FEB. 10TH!!!

    Dr. Demetras Pappas, JD, MSc, PhD: Title of Presentation: Euthanasia's Best Actors: The Depiction in Film and Cable of Medically Hastened Death, its Vocabulary, and its Oscar Winners (Colin Firth/The King's Speech and Javier Bardem/The Sea Inside and Al Pacino's Emmy for You Don't Know Jack

    This presentation is targeted for UT Tyler faculty and students; light food and beverages will be offered in the area just outside of the Theater at 7:30am (which is why we need RSVPs!). She will likely use the same format as described for the Monday evening event: 30 minutes of presentation, and 30 minutes of questions and discussions.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18th, noon, (location TBA depending on RSVPs)

    Dr. Demetras Pappas, JD, MSc, PhD: Title of Presentation: The Nurses Mini Study in the Voir Dire in People v. Jack Kevorkian: An Introduction to Professional and Other Issues Faced By Nurses in Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Cases

    This presentation is targeted to UT Tyler nursing students and faculty, but anyone interested is welcome! Dr. Pappas also stated that this presentation will touch on "...some discussion of structural and professional differences in doctors and nurses and their trainings that come into play in end-of-life cases."
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 9:00am-2:00pm, UC Ballroom area
    High School Ethics Bowl
    If you are interested in this event, please notify Dr. Howard Patterson or Dr. Keith McCoy.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 4:30pm-8:15pm, LIB 401RSVPS NEEDED, INCLUDING STUDENTS, BY FEB. 10TH!!!


    This event was a huge success last year, and it promises to be even better this year! UT Tyler students will debate each other regarding a scenario randomly selected for them.

    1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded, but all participants will have gifts!

    This can be a "drop in" or come a stay for the entire event! We strongly encourage everyone to attend in support of students who, for most of them, will be volunteering their time to participate!

    More details to follow. RSVPs are nice to have so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Call For Papers: 7th Annual Undergraduate Symposium

Seventh Annual DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium

Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana

On April 10 - 12, 2014, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics will host the seventh annual DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, designed to encourage undergraduate scholarship and artistic work. The conference is shaped around a series of workshops in which student scholars, creative writers, filmmakers and photographers present their best work on a subject of ethical concern. This year the theme of the Symposium is "Virtue and Victory: Ethical Challenges in Competitive Life," but we welcome submissions on all issues of ethical concern.

This is an honors symposium, and all submissions will be read by a panel of DePauw faculty members. Those students whose works are received by the February 1, 2014, deadline and accepted for inclusion in the conference will have their expenses paid for travel (up to $400), lodging and food. The group will be relatively small. We prefer to have 20 to 30 students from a variety of colleges and universities to keep the seminar groups at seven to ten students each.

The students whose works are accepted for the symposium will benefit from the discussion of their ethics-related work by leading scholars and professionals in their fields and from their peers. Our goal is that each student who participates in the Symposium will have a polished piece of work which s/he can submit in a portfolio, a graduate school application, or a job application.

Please share this information with interested colleagues and encourage students to submit their work. If you would like further information about this year's symposium, please visit our website (

Call for papers--13th National Communication Ethics Conference

“Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication Ethics:
Social Justice in Organizations and History”
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
June 4–6, 2014


Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

The 13th National Communication Ethics Conference will be held June 4-6, 2014 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference theme is “Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Social Justice in Organizations and History.” The conference will consist of three distinct components.

1.      Six invited keynote speakers with one presenting in the morning and one in the evening on each day of the conference. The speakers are Briankle Chang (University of Massachusetts), François Cooren (Université de Montréal), Gail T. Fairhurst (University of Cincinnati), Annette Holba (Plymouth State University), Ramsey Eric Ramsey (Arizona State University), and Ingrid Volkmer (University of Melbourne).
2.      Panel presentations in the afternoon and early evening consisting of refereed submitted papers and panels.
3.      Evening conversation with the keynote speakers hosted by Pat Gehrke (University of South Carolina) and Gina Ercolini (University of South Carolina) each evening, accompanied by wine and cheese.

Scholars from all related disciplines are invited to submit papers and panel proposals. The conference encourages historical and contemporary questions of ethics in human communication. Papers may address a variety of communication ethics issues arising from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Of particular interest are papers relating to communication ethics in three conceptual threads to be led by visiting scholars:
  • Philosophy of communication/ethics
  • Communication theory/ethics
  • Communication ethics and social justice
  • Corporate communication/ethics

Papers: Submissions should be double-spaced, with a maximum of 30 pages, including references. Any citation style is permitted (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago). Please indicate on the title page if the author is a graduate student and also if this presentation will be the author’s first at a professional conference (a debut presentation).  Send papers as attached files via email to

Panel Proposals: Panel proposals may include up to five participants and a respondent. Please include one title page with a 500-word (maximum) abstract and rationale for the panel. Each presenter should include a title and 200-word abstract. Send the panel proposals as attached files to

We encourage both graduate and undergraduate papers. Please designate them.

All papers and panel proposals must be received by midnight March 1, 2014, to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

Cost for the conference, which includes daily lunches and daily evening receptions with wine and cheese, is as follows:
$250.00 for Faculty
$125.00 for Graduate Students
$75.00 for Undergraduate Students

Housing will be available at two different locations: (1) Cambria Suites for $114.00 per night (with free shuttle service), and (2) on campus housing for $36.00 per night (single occupancy); $31.50 per person per night (double occupancy); and a one time charge of $7.50 for linens for both single and double occupancy.

For additional information, please contact the conference directors:

Department of Communication &
Rhetorical Studies
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282