Ethics Conference

Upcoming Events

"Blessed are the Peacemakers"

A Conference on the Virtue of Peace

April 13 & 14, 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.


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Plenary Speakers

James A. Bowey

Photo Media Artist and Visiting Scholar for the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership


Marie Dennis

Program Chair, Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, Pax Christi International




Peter R. Gathje

Professor of Christian Ethics and Associate Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Memphis Theological Seminary




Hilda Mateo

MGSpS, D.Min., Missionaries Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province - USA