Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference

Westin Dallas Park Central, Dallas, Texas

 February 23 through 26, 2017

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Law and Society Ethics Track


Below is the preliminary schedule for the Law and Society Ethics Track.  Please, verify sessions and times with the official 2017 APPE Annual Conference Program and the hotel reader boards before attending sessions.

Some presentations may be listed in more than one track, based on the subject matter. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

4:15 pm

“Crawling Under the Barbed-wire Fence”

Paul Wagner, Project in Professional Ethics, University of Houston - Clear Lake


Case Study

“Social, Ethical, & Legal Analysis of the Flint Michigan Water Crisis”

Richard L. Wilson, Philosophy, Loyola University; Engineering Management, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


5:30 pm

“Flourishing: A Consideration of Parenting and Social Acceptance”

Sonya M. Charles, Philosophy, Cleveland State University


“Privilege, Accountability, and Entitlement: Grappling with Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses”

Cynthia Jones, Office for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Sandra Hansmann, Research and Sponsored Projects, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Anne Marie Stachura, Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


Friday, February 24, 2017

8:15 am

“Behavioral Public Choice, U.S. National Security Interests, and the Transnational Executive”

David Delaney, Law, University of Maryland Center for Health And Homeland Security


“A Systems Approach to Corporate Moral Failure”

Brian K. Steverson, Business Administration, Gonzaga University

Adriane D. Leithauser, Business Administration, Gonzaga University


“Free Speech, Harmful Art: The Overlooked Conflict between Ethical and Aesthetic Value in the Revenge Porn Discussion”

Scott Stroud, Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Jonathan Henson (not presenting), University of Texas at Austin


9:45 am

“Intergenerational Equity and Population Growth”

Trevor Hedberg, Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


11:00 pm

“Resentment and Retribution”

Matthew C. Altman, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Central Washington University


“Reconceptualizing the Relationship Between Justice and Empathy”

Albert Shin, Villanova University



Table Topic Lunch Discussions:

The Ethics of Forgiveness

Gregory Bock, Center for Ethics, University of Texas at Tyler, Moderator


Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

Clifton Guthrie, Science and Humanities, Husson University, Moderator


1:30 pm

“Buddhism, Racism, and Forgiveness”

Gregory Bock, Center for Ethics, University of Texas at Tyler


Case Study:

“Good Deeds and Bad Outcomes: Engineering Ethics & Unintended Consequences”

Marilyn A. Dyrud, Communication, Oregon Institute of Technology


“Implicit Bias, Self-Control, and, Racial Identity”

Michael B. Funke, Philosophy, Walters State Community College


2:30 pm


Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student Award Winner

“Moral Obligation vs. Supererogation: The Ethics of Reporting Sexual Assault”

Elisa Reverman, University of Portland


3:15 pm

“The Ethics of Refugee Support: Beyond Theoretical Humanitarianism”

Joanne M.C. Lalonde, Education, University of Ottawa


“The Moral Limits of Medical Deportation: A Contractualist Approach”

Leonard Kahn, Philosophy, Loyola University - New Orleans


4:30 pm


Self-Knowledge and Human Action

Michael Boylan, Philosophy, Marymount University

Julie Kirsch, Philosophy, D’Youville College

Deborah Mower, Philosophy, University of Mississippi

Phyllis Vandenberg, Philosophy, Grand Valley State University, Moderator


Saturday, February 25, 2017

8:15 am

“The Sterility Objection Reconsidered: Facts, Values, and Meaning”

Christopher Arroyo, Philosophy, Providence College


9:45 am

Case Study:

“Kaepernick the Outlaw: The Common Communication Ethics of Activism, Dialogue, and Justice”

Robert Ballard, Communication, Pepperdine University


“Race and the Extra-Legal Punishment of Professional Athletes”

Earl W. Spurgin, Philosophy, John Carroll University

Samuel V. Bruton, Philosophy and Religion, University of Southern Mississippi

Kori Armstrong (not presenting), University of Southern Mississippi

Chris J. N. Lustgraaf (not presenting), University of Southern Mississippi

Donald F. Sacco (not presenting), University of Southern Mississippi


1:30 pm

“The Slurring Function of (American) Punishment”

Steven Swartzer, Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


“Obedience to Law and Justification of Punishment: What Crito Should Have Said”

Alex Wellington, Philosophy, Ryerson University


3:30 pm

“Transnational Sexual Violence: A Matter of Global Public Health?”

Sarah Clark Miller, Philosophy, Penn State University


“The Christian Church and Domestic Violence: Accomplice, Conspirator, or Ethical Leader?”

Roslyn M. Satchel, Communication, Pepperdine University


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