Ethics Conference

Upcoming Events

"Blessed are the Peacemakers"

A Conference on the Virtue of Peace

April 13-15, 2023
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

“The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world.”  Hannah Arendt, On Violence

The 2023 Conference on the Virtues seeks to gather scholars for a national conversation on the importance of peacemaking in households, communities, and nations afflicted with recurring violence. We invite papers examining the conditions of a peaceful society, the history and philosophy of nonviolence, the character traits required for a lifelong commitment to peace, the characteristics of flourishing communities, the importance of peacemaking in leadership, and education for peace.

Presentation proposals should be no more than two pages in length and include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address. Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes with ample time provided for discussion. Proposals for panel discussions and “works in progress” are encouraged. Deadline for submissions is January 30, 2023.

***Proposals and inquiries may be sent to Please write "Ethics Conference Proposal" in the subject line.***

Additional information regarding the conferences is available at
Sponsored by the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.


Past Speakers

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The Declaration of Independence Today

Danielle Allen

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
 7 p.m.Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

No ticket required—free and open to the public

Followed by a book signing in the FSPA Lobby

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University professor at Harvard University, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration:  A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light).

For more information on Danielle Allen visit her on Twitter, at, and explore her page on The Washington Post.