Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Twenty-Second Annual Meeting

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Meeting Information


The Twenty-second Annual Meeting convened at the St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on February 28 - March 3, 2013.


Keynote Speaker


OtisBrawley.jpg Dr. Otis Webb Brawley, MD gave an compelling and thought-provoking keynote address at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. Brawley is the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society and had recently published the book, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America . He has been seen in interviews by Tavis Smiley, CBS, and others, as well as numerous print interviews including USA Today, the Oxford Journals, Huffington Post, and CNN

Dr. Brawley is a world renown cancer expert and a practicing oncologist.

Please, click here for more information on Dr. Brawley and a brief bio.




A Companion Registration Rate

Tandem_bicycle.jpg APPE offered for the first time a special Companion Registration rate to support APPE members and Annual Meeting attendees who wished to bring a non-APPE member companion with them to the conference.  It was very well received and a number of companions took part in many aspects of the 2013 Annual Meeting. 





Okay, maybe not these companions


Companion registration also provided access to all of the Annual Meeting program sessions.

The $40.00 APPE Companion Registration rate is for non-APPE members and those not working as an ethics educator, researcher, or professional who attend the Annual Meeting with a registered participant.

New Opportunity: ICAI Co-Registration

At this Annual Meeting we began a collaboration with ICAI by offering a co-registration price for those interested in attending the 2013 Annual International Conference on Academic Integrity, which was held in San Antonio immediately prior to our 2013 Annual Meeting. It was listed as an option on our Registration page and was also well received and utilized by both ICAI and APPE Members, as ICAI also offered co-registration for our even through their registration.


New Feature at the Annual Meeting

Conversation and Networking at the Annual Meeting





We are offered, for the second year, a new feature for lunch at the Annual Meeting – Table Topics. At lunch, we identified tables for informal conversation around topics of special interest.

At this meeting, those topics included:

Global Political Philosophy

Immigration Minority Issues

Food Ethics

Exploring the Ethical Challenges of Service Learning


Ethics Bowl 

Seventeenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm

APPE was proud to, once again, host the Ethics Bowl National Championship.  Ethics Bowl is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive game with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics. On Thursday, February 28, 2013, thirty two teams of undergraduates who qualified at ten regional competitions participated in the Seventeenth National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.



2013 Ethics Bowl National Campions  Depauw University

See our Ethics Bowl Archive link for more information about the competition. Thirty-two teams were selected from regional ethics bowls and invited to the national competition.


Additional items of Interest at the Annual Meeting

Graduate Seminar on Teaching Practical and Professional Ethics

Deni Elliott, once again, did an outstanding job teaching this seminar for Graduate Students.  The seminar is held in conjunction with the APPE Annual Meeting and is open only to graduate students. . Enrollment is limited and on a first come basis and participants need not register for the Annual Meeting to attend. The Graduate Seminar was held on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

The course is intended for Graduate students who are passionate about teaching ethics and is designed to boost confidence, confront pedagogical issues and provide philosophical comfort.

A quote from Deni "If you have heard that today’s students have no interest in ethics, or that if you teach applied ethics, you won’t be respected in your field, or that there are no jobs anyway, this seminar is for you!  And even if you haven’t heard tdeni_elliott.jpghese myths, you leave the seminar energized about teaching ethics."

Deni Elliott, author of Ethics in the First Person and Ethical Challenges will teach the seminar and provide participants free copies of these books. Deni has taught ethics teachers from Kindergarten to mid-career level (and everything in between) in the highly successful Theory and Skills of Ethics Teaching Summer Seminar, in the M.A. in Philosophy, Teaching Ethics Emphasis at the University of Montana, and through various APPE programs. Deni holds the Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy at the University of South Florida. Her current book proposal, New Ethics for New Media, is under review.

Ethics Center Colloquium


APPE sponsored an expanded Ethics Center Colloquium that began with a dinner meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 following the APPE Opening Reception. Organized by Kirk Hanson, Aine Donovan, and Noah Pickus, executive directors of the ethics centers at Santa Clara, Dartmouth and Duke, the colloquium featured discussions of the mission, programs, structure, funding, and strategic challenges of centers, as well as potential cooperative relationships between centers. Programming continued throughout the day on Friday, March 1.



Mini Confrence: Bernard Gert Memorial Symposium

BernardGert2.pngThe Association for Practical and Professional Ethics held a symposium to honor the professional contributions and personal leadership in ethics of our late friend and colleague Bernard Gert on March 03, 2013 at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in San Antonio, Texas.

Bernard Gert (1934-2011), a long time APPE member, made major contributions to the field of practical and professional ethics, and was regarded by many as one of the 20th century’s most important moral philosophers. He was the Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, Emeritus, and the longest-serving faculty member in the history of Dartmouth College. Dr. Gert was recognized as an expert in ethics and bioethics, a leading researcher on Thomas Hobbes, and founder of the ethics committee at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The keynote address at the symposium was given by Dr. Robert F. Ladenson.  Follow this link to view the schedule of events from the Bernard Gert Memorial Symposium.


A Dinner Honoring the Legacy and Celebrating the Memories

Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A special dinner for the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Bernie Gert was held in conjunction with the Gert Memorial Symposium.  The Association welcomee honored guests Mrs. Esther Gert, and Professors Joshua Gert and Heather Gert.  Following the dinner friends and colleagues shared memories of Bernie and special ways in which he touched their lives.

All attendees, presenters and guests to the APPE Annual Meeting and Gert Symposium were invited to attend this special dinner.

Media Ethics


Media Special Interest Section - Hot Topics in Media Ethics

At the Annual Meeting, members of the Media Ethics Special Interest group explored the hot topics of "Media at the Margins2: Giving Voice to the Poor", an extension of the conversation that was started at the 2012 Annual Meeting.  This roundtable was a comprehensive look into the media's coverage of the Poor. There were additional topics on "Promising Paths to Universal Norms for Media Practice" as well as a Hot Topics discussion on "Ethics in Truth and Political Speech."

Media Ethics Planning Committee Members

Tom Bivins, University of Oregon; Sandra L. Borden, Western Michigan University; Robert S. Fortner, American University in Bulgaria; Jan Leach, Kent State University; Bev Merrick; Patrick Plaisance, Colorado State University; Wendy N. Wyatt, University of St. Thomas and Media Ethics Planning Committee Chair.



APPE Book Resource Room


The Book Resource Room was humming with activity in the beautiful Georgian Room at the St. Opening Reception Book RoomAnthony Riverwalk Wyndam Hotel at this year’s Twenty-second Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  Annual Meeting attendees could be found throughout the conference perusing the displays of books, journals and materials from the many publishers and programs represented there, as well as using the tables provided to relax, use free wireless access, enjoy coffee provided by the Association and to network with colleagues


The Annual Meeting was kicked off in the Book Resource Room with the Opening Reception and Book Thursday_033.jpgRoom Open House on the evening of Thursday, February 28. Sponsored by The APPE Executive Board and the Poynter Center for the Study of American Institutions at Indiana University, the reception was marked by delicious hors d'oeuvres, drinks, renewed friendships and engaging conversation.




On Friday, March 1, the Book Resource Room hosted a book signing immediately following the Friday_016.jpgkeynote address by Dr. Otis Brawley in the Anacacho Foyer. Attendees lined up to purchase copies of Dr. Brawley’s book, “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America” and have them signed by the author. Within an hour of his address, every copy of his book in the Book Resource Room was sold! It was an exciting time!


The Book Resource Room was proud to showcase a stunning group of authors at the Annual Meeting, in a wide array of subjects from Media, Business, Nueroethics, Politics and more.  Many of those authors were featured in Author Meets the Critics and Lunch with and Author sessions.

Click the following link to see a list showcasing the authors from the 2013 Annual Meeting:

2013 Authors on the Program


Friday_067.jpgOn Friday evening, the Book Resource Room had the honor of hosting 16 authors in the lovely Peacock Alley for the 2013 Author Reception and Book Signing. The authors and Annual Meeting attendees mingled and enjoyed drinks while discussing the books on display and available for purchase.


During the Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet that night, the Book Resource Room was pleased to award four $50 gift cards for books donated by Cambridge Scholars Press as door prizes for those in attendance.


On Saturday afternoon, the Book Resource Room wrapped up by hosting the popular Clearance Sale of display copies. In two hours, almost every title of over 400 publications had been snapped up!


As always, the publisher fees collected for displays and the purchase of display copies by Annual Meeting attendees go directly into helping to provide the Book Resource Room each year. Thank you for your patronage and continued support of this important part of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. We look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!!

List of 2013 Displays:

American Psychological Association

Ashgate Publishing

Berghahn Books

Brill Academic Publishing

Cambridge Scholars Press

Cambridge University Press


Edward Elgar Publishing

Ethics Unwrapped

Harvard University Press

Institute for Global Ethics

John Hopkins University Press

MIT Press

Oxford University Press


Philosophy Documentation Center

Princeton University Press

Random House


Routledge Journals

Rowman and Littlefield

Spore Press



Trinity University Press





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