Ethics Awareness Week Presented Sept. 19-23 At UVU
September 12, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
The Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University will host its annual Ethics Awareness Week Sept. 19-23. The diversity of events provides opportunities for students, the campus community and the public to join conversations on ethics. All events are free and open to the public, and take place in the UVU Library auditorium, room 120.
On Monday, Sept. 19, at noon there will be a special documentary screening of “How to Die in Oregon.” This screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Peter Richardson. After his remarks, there will be a panel discussion including Richardson, Peggy Battin, professor of philosophy at the University of Utah; J. Mark Olsen, instructor of philosophy at UVU; and Michael Popich, professor of philosophy at Westminster College.
The schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday consists of a series of panel discussions, including the Annual Excellence in Ethics Award chosen by the center’s community board and awarded by UVU President Matthew S. Holland. This year’s recipient is Kay A. Lindsay, a judge with the Fourth District Juvenile Court, Utah State Court. Judge Lindsay’s address, “Lessons of Life Learned by a Juvenile Court Judge,” begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
On Thursday and Friday the Center presents the 25th annual Ethics and Public Policy Symposium, “Fixing a Broken Economy,” which addresses the ethical implications of the growth model of political economy. Also on Friday is a philosophy colloquium on ethical theory, “Ethics and Contemporary Marxisms.”
David R. Keller, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics, said “the focus of Ethics Awareness Week is the study of interdisciplinary ethics. The goal is to get members of the campus community in discussion with top scholars on current ethical topics and public policy issues.”
As a longstanding tradition, “Ethics Awareness Week is one of the Center’s signature events,” said Elaine E. Englehardt, distinguished professor of ethics at UVU, who founded the center in the early 1990s. “This week will certainly go down in the history of the Center as one of the best.”
For a detailed event schedule, visit www.uvu.edu/ethics/events/upcoming.html or call 801-863-6455.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.