Midwest Ethics Symposium

Democracy and Philanthropy

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics welcomes scholars, students, and creative thinkers to the Midwest Ethics Symposium on April 13-14, 2023. Join us for two days of presentations and discussions on the theme of philanthropy and democracy.
This year’s keynote speaker is Emma Saunders-Hastings, assistant professor of political science at the Ohio State University and author of Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality.

Guidelines for Submitting an Abstract

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University welcomes extended (750-1000 word) abstract submissions for the 2023 Midwest Ethics Symposium on the theme of Democracy and Philanthropy. We encourage submissions on democracy and/or philanthropy, but also welcome submissions on related topics in ethics and/or social and political philosophy.

Four abstracts will be chosen for 25-30 minute presentations followed by comments and a question-and-answer session. In addition, a fifth slot will be reserved for a 15-20 minute presentation by a DePauw University undergraduate.

Please submit your abstract using the form below by January 4, 2023. Contact Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu) with any questions about your submission.

Submit Your Abstract Proposals due January 4, 2023. Please contact Jeffrey Dunn (jeffreydunn@depauw.edu) or Joseph Porter (johnporter@depauw.edu) with questions about the event. For questions about the submission form, please contact Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu).

Call for Abstracts: Midwest Ethics Symposium

Are you willing to serve as a commenter on one of the presentations?(Required)

About the Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker for this event is Emma Saunders-Hastings, a political theorist whose research focuses on political, economic, and social inequality. Her book Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality  links philanthropy to moral and political concerns about paternalism and unequal political influence.

Listen to her interview on the Examining Ethics podcast for a discussion on her work.

About the Prindle Institute for Ethics

Dedicated in 2007, the Prindle Institute for Ethics is nestled in the heart of DePauw’s Nature Park near the main DePauw campus. Our innovative, sustainable building provides a space for students, faculty, and other members of our community to get away from their busy lives and reflect or work in peace.

The Prindle Institute for Ethics is committed to helping our local and global communities sort out and communicate their values. We provide distinctive opportunities that transform students and members of our community into engaged citizens who can identify and lead thoughtful discussions about ethical issues when they arise.

Symposium Schedule

The schedule for the symposium will be available in early Spring 2023.

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