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Conference Schedule

8 am – 3 pm

Ethics Center Directors Summit

Breakfast and lunch is included. Registration is required. Cost: $190 for Non-members / $150 for Members.

Sponsored by the Rutland Institute for Ethics.

8 am – 3 pm

APPE RISEsm Pre-Conference Symposium

Coffee + morning and afternon snack included. Lunch on your own. Registration is required. Cost: $125 for Non-members / $100 for Members.

8:30 – 11:30 am

Teaching Ethics with Constructive Dialogue

Teaching ethics, by definition, invites challenging topics and difficult conversations into the classroom. Nowadays, exploring ethics with students may feel even more complicated, given social and political tensions in society. Students may not feel comfortable sharing their opinions about an ethical dilemma, which can lead to missed learning opportunities. Or, students may share a view that leads to conflict in the classroom, which may also potentially frustrate learning, especially if the professor is unsure of how to navigate the moment. This pre-conference workshop aims to provide ethics instructors with tips and practices to manage this environment through constructive dialogue tools and frameworks. Participants can expect to learn instructional strategies and skill-building activities that can help develop a classroom culture that fosters empathy, perspective-taking, and thoughtful examination of differing points of view.

Taught by Jake Fay, the Director of Education at the Constructive Dialogue Institute.

Coffee + morning snack included. Registration is required. Cost: $40.

12 – 8 pm

Resource Room

Back by popular demand! Browse publications, talk with publishers, network with colleagues, and purchase discounted books.

12:30 – 3 pm

Graduate and Early Career Scholar Seminar on Teaching Ethics

This highly interactive seminar is intended for graduate students and early-career scholars who are currently teaching classes in ethics (for less than three years) or who have plans to do so. The seminar is designed to explore pedagogical approaches for everything from syllabus design to assessment strategies, and it covers topics such as learning goals, the choice of content, and the particular role of the instructor in an ethics course. Prior to the seminar, participants will be invited to help shape the session based on their individual interests and needs.

Taught by Dr. Wendy Wyatt, an active member of APPE for more than 20 years who has a long-standing interest in ethics teaching, primarily in the areas of media and communication.

No meals included. Registration is required. Cost: $25.

1 – 4 pm

Practicing Two-Eyed Seeing: Ethics and Ecology along the Willamette River

Join Indigenous ecologist Cristina Eisenberg and environmental philosopher Michael Paul Nelson of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry for a walk along the Willamette River. Running north, up Oregon’s Willamette Valley, from its origin near Eugene to where it enters to great Columbia River in Portland, the Willamette traces the south to north extension of homelands of the native Kalapuya people. Cristina and Michael will discuss some ecological and ethical challenges particular to the Pacific Northwest, share some brief readings, prompt some imaginative discussion, discuss the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in reimagining our human place in the world, and engage the group in a writing and sharing exercise.

No meals included. Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 people. Cost: $25.

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Session 1

Sessions TBD

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Concurrent Session 2

Sessions TBD

4:45 – 6 pm

Opening Plenary

Responding to Homelessness in Portland: Ethical and Practical Considerations

As housing becomes increasingly unaffordable for large segments of the population, more and more people are faced with housing insecurity and homelessness. By centering the voices and experiences of those most impacted by this crisis, a panel of local community experts discuss complex ethical issues that exist across a landscape of collective efforts to respond.
Sponsored by Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, Virginia Tech.

6 – 7 pm

Light Snacks + Cash Bar

Network with colleagues and our panelists. Free for all conference attendees.

8 am – 8 pm

Resource Room

Back by popular demand! Browse publications, talk with publishers, network with colleagues, and purchase discounted books.

8 – 9 am

APPE RISEsm Members Meeting

APPE RISEsm members are invited to attend the annual members meeting.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Authors Reception and Poster Session

Join us for coffee and Voodoo Doughnuts while you talk to authors about their books and to presenters displaying posters. Free for all conference attendees.

Sponsored by The Prindle Institute for Ethics.

9:30 – 10:30 am

Concurrent Session 3

Sessions TBD

10:45 – 11:45 am

Concurrent session 4

Sessions TBD

11:45 – 1 pm

Lunch Break

Lunch on your own.

12 – 1 pm

OEC Communities of Practice Lunch

Do you want to learn more about the Online Ethics Center’s Communities of Practice? Come to their first CoP lunch! Fellows and current members from the following communities will host tables, facilitate introductions, give an overview of existing community activities, and brainstorm new opportunities for engagement.

Cost is $12 and includes lunch. Open to all APPE conference participants. Pre-registration is required.

1 – 2:30 pm

Concurrrent Session 5

Sessions TBD

2:45 – 4 pm

Business and Human Rights in the Digital Age
Dr. Michael A. Santoro

While free speech and democracy issues have also been at the forefront, in recent decades the business and human rights movement has been largely preoccupied with the sweatshop problem of worker abuse and exploitation in the global south. The development of new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and the social media surveillance state have given rise to a host of new human rights concerns that affect wealthy countries as well as countries in the global south. Professor Santoro will summarize some of the most important of these technical developments, the human rights concerns they raise, and the responses to these challenges from various state, national, and international regulatory bodies.  He will conclude by inviting the audience to consider what the future holds in store for human rights in the coming decades.

Michael A. Santoro is a pioneering scholar, teacher, and consultant in the field of business ethics and human rights. 

4 – 4:30 pm

Coffee & Snacks Break

Sponsored by the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.

4:30 – 5:45 pm

APPE Annual Mentoring Panel

Recent changes to the National Science Foundation [NSF] requirements for education in the responsible and ethical conduct of research [RCR] have expanded the audience for such education to include faculty and senior personnel; further, mentor training and mentorship have now been specifically identified as content that must be included in such instruction. This panel will discuss those changes in the context of current RCR initiatives, as well as highlight ways that such education might be meaningfully offered to faculty and students.

Panelists include Wenda Bauchspies and Fred Kronz from NSF; Trisha Phillips from West Virginia University; Rick McGee from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Brenda Martinez from Oregon Health & Science University.

4:30 – 5:45 pm

Corporate Ethics Bowl

Our 3rd Annual Corporate Ethics Bowl will include a modified Ethics Bowl format featuring local, regional, and national business leaders, using two cases from previous APPE IEB case sets.

Ethics Bowl judges will provide feedback to the teams.

6 – 8 pm

Opening Reception

Join us for a reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Free for conference attendees.

8 am – 3 pm

Resource Room

Back by popular demand! Browse publications, talk with publishers, network with colleagues, and purchase discounted books. (Fire sale starts at noon!)

8 – 9 am

First Time and International Attendees Breakfast

Join us for pastries, fruit, and coffee as we provide a special APPE welcome to our first-time attendees and international attendees. Free and open to all conference attendees.

9 – 10 am

Concurrent session 6

Sessions TBD

10:15 – 11:45 am

Concurrent session 7

Sessions TBD

11:45 – 1 pm

Lunch Break

Lunch on your own.

12 – 1 pm

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Join us for lunch and to recognize the recipients of our four conference awards. Additional registration (and separate payment) is required.

Sponsored by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute.

1:15 – 2:45 pm

Concurrent session 8

Sessions TBD

3 – 4 pm

Concurrent Session 9

Sessions TBD

4 – 4:30 pm

Closing Snack

Grab a snack to go or stay and network with colleagues as the conference closes.

4:30 – 9:15 pm

APPE IEB® Nationals: Opening Rounds

4:30 p.m.: Opening Plenary

5 – 6:15 p.m.: Round One Matches

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.: Round Two Matches

8 – 9:15 p.m.: Round Three Matches

9 am – 6 pm

APPE IEB® Nationals 

9 – 10:15 a.m.: Round Four Matches

10:45 a.m.: Awards and Announcements

1 – 2:15 p.m.: Quarterfinals

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Semi-Finals

4 – 5:15 p.m.: Finals

5:30 p.m.: Award Ceremony/Closing Reception