CONF: Society in Ethics Across the Curriculum 2012 – The Art of Morality: Developing Moral Sensitivity Across the Curriculum

Posted: 29 de April de 2012 by Fernando Furtado in Event, News

SEAC 14th International Conference
Grand Valley State University
Thursday, October 4 –
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Grand Rapids, MI
Keynote Speaker: Patricia Churchland

Co-Directors: Peggy Vandenberg (Grand Valley State University)
& Deborah Mower (Youngstown State University)

“The Art of Morality:
Developing Moral Sensitivity Across the Curriculum”

This year’s theme is chosen in part because the dates of the
conference correspond to the ARTPRIZE event in Grand Rapids which is
an international art competition that brings 1200+ pieces of art to
our city. The streets and parks are alive with art sculptures,
performances, paintings and photography, and museums offer free
admission to indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Because different fields such as medicine, business, law, social work,
journalism, etc. vary in the kinds of social relations and engagements
between professionals and their clients, developing moral sensitivity
within each field may be something unique and akin to learning an art
form. Being perceptive and empathetic to the needs of others and the
moral demands of a situation are important skills for moral action and
essential for personal development. How we are to teach students to
engage in moral actions and to develop necessary sympathies,
perceptual abilities, and reasoning skills are pressing questions. In
terms of content and theory, what are we to teach our students across
the curriculum? What content in our classrooms serves to develop moral
sensitivity as a personal matter, and what is the relationship between
moral sensitivity and reasoning? In terms of practice, how do we teach
them? What specific exercises, strategies, service learning projects,
or artistic media develop moral sensitivity, and are the practices
akin to an art form or easily applicable across the curriculum?
Although the theme of the conference highlights the art of morality
across the curriculum, submissions are not limited to the conference
theme. Send submissions—abstracts (500 words), papers (20 minute) or
panel proposals—email or hard copy formatted for blind review by July
30, 2012 to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society, Donna Werner,
Chair, Humanities Department, St. Louis Community College, Meramec,
11333 Big Bend Boulevard, St. Louis MO 63122-5799,

The Society publishes Teaching Ethics and conference papers may be
considered for publication in that journal or a possible anthology.

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