Inaugural Ethics Center Lecture

April 9, 2018, 12:00am - 2:00am
Ethics and Social Justice Center, Bellarmine University

2001 Newburg Road
Louisville 40205
United States


Katherine Johnson
Bellarmine University


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The Ethics and Social Justice Center at Bellarmine University invites proposals for its 2018 Inaugural Ethics Lecture.

The goal of the Ethics Lecture series is to promote ethics education across the curriculum. Bellarmine University is committed to be a place of personal, academic, spiritual and ethical formation and growth. The Ethics and Social Justice Center supports these goals by encouraging critical reflection, dialogue and constructive action on contemporary ethical issues in society.


All part and full time faculty affiliated with a college or university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible to submit a proposal. This invitation welcomes all disciplines and we strongly encourage people from various backgrounds to submit a proposal. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary dialogue and topics.

The author of the selected proposal will receive an honorarium in the amount of $1,000.00. All travel expenses, lodging, and food will be compensated up to $500.00.


People in cities across the country have been protesting the presence of public art tied to racial inequality and slavery. For example, controversy has stirred at the University of Kentucky over a mural that some allege depicts slaves, women, and minorities in a demeaning manner. In 2016, the city of Louisville had a 121-year old statue outside of the University of Louisville’s campus honoring Confederate soldiers taken down. In Lexington, KY, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, VA, government officials approved a plan to remove statues honoring John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate soldier, and John C. Breckinridge, the 14th Vice President of the United States and slave owner. This trend has polarized individuals on both sides of the issue and raises serious questions about how public space and public art represent the public.

We welcome proposals that address the following themes:

·         What are the criteria for what we memorialize?

·         What are the criteria for what we take down?

·         What is the purpose of public art? What should it represent? Whom should it represent?

·         What historical contexts are important to consider in memorializing concepts like freedom and military service?

·         How does public space represent the public?

·         How can space fairly represent the many dualities present in society?

·         What are the ethical issues affiliated with public space and public art?

How to enter:

Please prepare an abstract of approximately 750 words for blind review. Electronic submissions are required and may be sent as an email attachment to Dr. Katherine Johnson at Word or pdf formats are preferred. Please write “Ethics Center Lecture Submission 2018” in the subject line of your email.

In the body of the email, please provide your name, institutional affiliation and title, contact information (email, address, phone), and title of your lecture.

Abstracts will be accepted until 5:00pm EST on Monday, January 15, 2018. The author of the winning proposal will be contacted by February 15, 2018.  

The Inaugural Ethics Center Lecture is scheduled on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Katherine Johnson at

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