Conference Event Information

Schedule at a Glance 

Thursday, March 1st

9:00a – 3:30p

Ethics Center Directors Summit  

9:00a – 3:30p

Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Workshop

1:00p – 3:30p

Graduate Student and Early Career Scholar Teaching Ethics


2018 Vivian Weil Lecture

Conference Opening

6:45p – 7:45p

APPE Conference Opening Reception


Production of Queen & discussion session  

Friday, March 2nd

APPE Keynote address –announcement coming soon

Expert panel follow-up remarks

12:00p – 1:00p

Health, RCR/Research Integrity and STEM SIS Luncheon


Business Ethics Luncheon


International Ethics Bowl Summit

3:30p– 4:00p

STEM SIS panel

4:15p – 6:15p

Screening of All the Queen’s Horses

6:30p – 7:30p

APPE Authors Reception 

7:30p – 9:00p

APPE Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Saturday, March 3rd


Lunch with an Author  


Medical Errors concurrent sessions


APPE Members Meeting


IEB Students Career Fair


Medical Errors Mini Conference Reception


IEB preliminary rounds

Sunday, March 4th


IEB Continues


IEB Semi Finals


IEB Final Round  


IEB Student Reception


Thursday, March 1st

Ethics Center Directors Summit
9:00am – 3:30pm

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The 2018 Ethics Center Directors Summit will be held in conjunction with the Twenty-seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.The Ethics Center Directors Summit is the largest gathering of ethics center leadership in the country. It happens every year as part of the APPE annual conference. If you direct an ethics center or are thinking about starting one, join us at the next annual conference to connect with peers and share best practices for leading an ethics center.

Ethics Center Directors Summit Program

Morning: Navigating Change and Maintaining Momentum

9:00 – 9:20

Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:20 – 9:30


9:30 – 12:00

Session One: Navigating Change and Maintaining Momentum

Panelists: Christopher Myers, Andrew Cullison;
Others TBD)

Overview: This session will focus on the challenges and
opportunities that an ethics center

when undergoing change. Change often presents outside parties with an
opportunity to re-envision the purpose of a center (for better or worse). It
also can sometimes result in a shift in momentum. This session will be a
conversation on how to navigate through that change and maintain momentum.

Topics of Conversation will Include:

  • Succession Planning
  • Staffing Strategies
  • Navigating University Politics
  • Working with Key Decision Makers to
    Sustain Buy-In for the Center Mission
  • Making the Case for Ethics Education

Afternoon: Sustaining a Community of Engagement

1:15 – 3:30

Session Two: Creating and Sustaining a Community of

Moderator: Andrew Cullison

Panelists: Janey Roeder, Greg
Bock, Michael Burroughs

Overview: This session is
a natural extension of the first. When thinking about navigating change and
sustaining moment, it helps to be recognized as a fixture of the community,
as something  the community cannot do without. It makes it easier to
sustain administrative support, but also yields interesting grant
opportunities. This session will focus on developing programs to sustain a
community of engagement. It will also include discussion on how to capitalize
on that to fund programming.  Each panelist will have some successful
projects to discuss, but most of the time will be devoted to having a group

Topics of Conversation will include:

·Student Leadership Institutes

· PreK-12 Education Collaborations

·   Summer Programs

·   County and State Grant Strategies

Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Workshop
9:00am – 3:30pm

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The Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Special Interest Section (SIS), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) SIS, and the Online Ethics Center’s Life and Environmental Sciences Section will co-host Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity.

Do you teach research ethics or scientific integrity courses?  Organize or present responsible conduct of research or STEM ethics sessions as part of an administrative position?  Mentor your STEM students in ethics or embed ethics content in a STEM course?  Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity is for you!  The workshop will give novice and experienced research and STEM ethics instructors opportunities to learn about new research findings on research ethics education, to explore checklists and Individual Development Plans (IDPs) as ethics education tools, to see new or improved online resources, and to receive feedback on their own ethics education materials.

The Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Special Interest Section (SIS), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) SIS, and the Online Ethics Center’s Life and Environmental Sciences Section will co-host the workshop.

Click here for program and deadlines.

Graduate and Early Career Scholar Teaching Ethics Seminar
1:00pm – 3:30pm

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The 2018 Graduate and Early Career Scholar Seminar is a 2.5 hour workshop offered in conjunction with the 2018 APPE Annual Conference on Thursday at 1pm.

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. It is designed to boost confidence, confront pedagogical issues and provide philosophical comfort. Topics to be covered include determining goals for the teaching of ethics, pedagogy for personal and professional development, and appropriate assessment. Prior to the seminar, participants will be invited to help shape the session to meet individual needs.

Enrollment is limited and on a first come basis.

This event is sponsored by the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership.

 Click here to register for the Seminar or the full APPE Annual Conference.
Limit: 25 participants.

Deni Elliott, author of Ethics in the First Person, Ethical Challenges: Building An Ethics Toolkit, will teach the seminar. She developed the first U.S. graduate degree program in teaching ethics and is the Coordinating Principal Investigator for the National Ethics Project.

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.

Updated information is announced through the APPE Listserv.  To be added to the APPE Listserv, please send your request to the APPE Offices at or call 765-658-5015.

Please, contact the APPE office for more information:

2018 Vivian Weil Lecture
Time TBD

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Please join us for a presentation by Eleonore Pauwels, “Artificial Intelligence and Converging Technologies: Ethics and Responsible Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution”

Eleonore Pauwels is the Director of the AI Lab with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. She is a writer and international science policy expert, who specializes in the governance and democratization of converging technologies. Leading the AI Lab, Pauwels analyzes and compares how transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genome-editing, raise new opportunities and challenges for health, security, economics and governance in different geo-political contexts. She analyzes the promises and perils that will likely arise with the development of AI civil and military technologies, the Internet of Living Things and future networks of intelligent and connected bio-labs.

Pauwels regularly testifies before U.S. and European authorities including the U.S. Department of State, NAS, NIH, NCI, FDA, the National Intelligence Council, the European Commission and the UN. But she is also well-versed in communicating complex and novel scientific developments for lay audiences (her TEDxCERN on CRISPR) and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, Le Monde, Slate and The Miami Herald.

Outside of the Wilson Center, Pauwels is an aspiring social entrepreneur interested in democratizing science and technology, in particular AI, genomics and biology, for underserved populations in the USA and globally. Bilingual in French and English, her blog can be found here.

This even is co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology

Conference Opening Reception
6:45pm – 7:45pm

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This event is sponsored by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU. 

Production of Queen

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APPE will host a dramatic reading of Queen and a follow-up discussion session at the Palmer House. The production explores the ethical dilemmas faced by two young academics who discover an error in their career-defining research project.

This event is sponsored by Steven Miller. 

Friday, March 2nd

Health, RCR/Research Integrity and STEM SIS Luncheon
12:00 pm – 1:00pm

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Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Robert A. Winn, “Challenges in 21st Century Medicine”. This event is organized by the APPE Health Ethics, RCR/RI and STEM special interest sections

See the event flier here.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Business Ethics Luncheon

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Please join us for The APPE 2018 Business Ethics Luncheon: “Build Your Own Ethical Corporate Culture”.

Richard Panico, President & CEO of Integrated Project Management Company, Inc., and Tom Carmazzi, CEO Tuthill Corporation, will talk about how to build and maintain an ethical corporate culture like the ones they have established within their companies. Tom and Rich will share the many ways they get employees to buy into the ethical corporate culture, the tools they use to reinforce the values and expectations, and their favorite illustrative stories about their organizational culture.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University.

Tickets can be purchased here.

APPE STEM Special Interest Group Panel
3:30pm – 4:00pm 

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Join us for our panel, “A Conversation with Practicing Engineers about Cases and Challenges in Professional Responsibility”.

Co-chairs of the APPE STEM SIS Laura Grossenbacher and Jason Borenstein have been working toward a panel of local engineers to talk about ethics during the APPE Conference on the afternoon of Friday, March 2, in the last session of the day.

We solicited suggestions for panelists from several members of the STEM SIS, and we reached out to a variety of engineers who would make interesting panelists.The academics and practitioners who normally attend APPE have a genuine interest in applied ethics, and it is helpful when they can hear from engineers who have a range of experience with ethical issues during the course of their career.

Regarding the format, there will likely be four panelists; each of whom will speak for approximately 10-15 minutes and then Q&A will follow.  We have identified the panelists; they are people who represent a range of different disciplines and a variety of engineering firms, both public and private.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • Brenton L. Cox, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Engineer – Thermal Sciences Practice, Warrenville, Illinois
  • Howard Wolfman, P.E., the IEEE-SSIT Treasurer, Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Kevin Kirsch, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, Wisconsin DNR (Madison, WI)
  • Katherine Neshek, Chemical Engineering grad from UW-Madison and Food Process Engineer, Greater Chicago area.

Some broad talking points for the panelists are below; we are working with the panelists to refine the specific focus of their talk, as a way to ensure they provide us with focused and specific stories that show a range of different ethical challenges and experiences:

  1. What do you wish you had known in grad school or in your first job about ethics?  What do you think future engineers need to know about ethics to help them with professional decision-making?
  2. Describe an important mentor or an important decision in your early career that had the most impact on your understanding of the ethical responsibilities of engineers.
  3. Which resources have you found to be most useful for navigating ethical challenges (e.g., guidelines from professional organizations, mentors, or readings)?
  4. How prevalent do you feel ethical challenges are in the engineering workplace today, and how would you characterize the common ethical challenges?

Filmscreening of All the Queen’s Horses
4:15pm – 6:15pm

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How did Rita Crundwell steal $53 million without anyone noticing? An in-depth documentary about large fraud in a small town.

APPE will host a screening of All the Queen’s Horses and a Q&A with the filmmaker.

APPE Authors Reception
6:30pm – 7:30pm

APPE Awards Ceremony and Banquet
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, March 3rd

Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference
Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd-4th

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The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, in partnership with the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, will host a mini-conference in conjunction with the 2018 APPE Annual International Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

This mini conference will begin on Saturday at 1:15pm and will continue on Sunday morning, concluding mid afternoon.

Conference attendees are invited to attend a reception Saturday evening from 6:30 – 8:00pm, following the APPE Members meeting.

Cost:  $75 (includes the reception Saturday, morning coffee break and lunch on Sunday.)

Medical error cannot be completely avoided or foreseen. Nevertheless, it raises a host of ethical issues because of patients’ dependence on their doctors’ expert judgment and the effects of medical mistakes on patient safety and public health. Medical providers and hospitals may be ethically blameworthy if they do not take care to prevent mistakes, if they do not communicate honestly about mistakes, and if they do not respond justly and compassionately when mistakes happen.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University

Click here to register for the conference and mini conference.

Lunch with an Author
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Tickets can be purchased here.

APPE Members Meeting
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, March 4th

Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference Luncheon
11:30am – 1:00pm

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Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Martin Makary, Keynote Speaker for the Ethics and Error in Medicine Sunday Luncheon.

Martin A. Makary M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Professor of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Chief, Johns Hopkins Center for Islet Transplantation Surgery
Director, Improving Wisely

Dr. Marty Makary is the creator of The Surgery Checklist, publishing its first description and subsequently served on the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives committee and led the W.H.O. workgroup to create global measures of surgical quality. Dr. Makary has published over 200 scientific articles, including the first description of “frailty” as a medical condition influencing patient outcomes, and the original studies on safety culture measurement in health care. He is a leading voice for physicians, writing in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and TIME Magazine. Dr. Makary is The New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable, a book about quality and price transparency in health care.

Dr. Makary is a surgical oncologist specializing in minimally-invasive pancreas surgery. At Johns Hopkins he has served as the endowed chair of gastrointestinal surgery, the director of surgical quality and safety, and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center For Surgical Outcomes Research and Clinical Trials. He currently serves as the chief of the Johns Hopkins Center for Islet Transplantation and Executive Director of Improving Wisely, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project to lower health care costs in the U.S. by creating measures of appropriateness in health care.

Twenty-second Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

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. The 2018 IEB national competition will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018.  On Sunday, thirty six teams of undergraduates who qualify at eleven regional competitions will participate in the International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competition.

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See our Ethics Bowl link for more information about the upcoming March 4th competition; for information about the regional competitions in the fall; and for information about registering Ethics Bowlsm competitors to attend the Annual Meeting.

Colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world who competed in the IEB’s Regional Competitions are invited to enter teams of undergraduate students in the Associations’ Twenty-first International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm. Attendance is open to Annual Meeting attendees and the general public.

For competitors who wish to also attend the Association’s Annual Conference, the Association pays the Annual Conference registration fee for the first 70 actively competing Ethics Bowl team members who register for the Annual Meeting, provided that they register for the Annual Meeting before January 9, 2018.

To enter a team or for more information, please contact: Richard Greene, IEB Executive Board Chair, Weber State University, PH (801)626-6694. Email; or visit our Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) web page.

Conversation and Networking at the Conference

The Table Topic Lunches at the Annual Conference have become an attendee favorite!  At these lunches, we identify tables for informal conversation around topics of special interest.

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Topics may be on any area of practical and professional ethics including such areas as current ethical issues in the news, ideas on how best to teach an area of practical ethics, career options and advancement, or new uses and abuses of technology in the classroom or workplace. Please send us an email, or notify us on your registration, if you would like to lead a specific table topic. If you are interested in participating in a Lunch Table Topic discussion, be sure to buy a lunch ticket in advance for the Friday and/or Saturday topic lunch. We will notify attendees through our Listserv of the topics that will be taking place, in the weeks prior to the conference. Tables will also be available for those who prefer impromptu discussion.

The Lunch Table Topics joins our long established and highly successful Lunch with Author.  We also have additional lunch offerings on Friday, including a lunch with our Keynote Speaker and a Business Ethics or bioethics lunch (depending on the keynote speaker topic.)

Tickets for Friday can be purchased here.

Tickets for Saturday can be purchased here.