ABU to host conference

PHILIPPI – Alderson Broaddus University will hold a mini-conference on leadership, religion, and ethics in contemporary politics and culture on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The event will include public lectures by Dr. Danny Franke, professor of religion and philosophy, and Jeremy Christensen, professor of communication, at ABU. The program also will feature a roundtable discussion on ethics and leadership and conclude with keynote addresses by Jake Morgan and Dr. Donald Simmons.

Christensen said “recent events, both nationally and internationally, suggest America stands on the precipice of a new crisis of confidence.

“Generations Y and Z are confronted with a political landscape ultimately divided over questions of biology and religion: biometric scanning, human embryotic stem cell research, comparative ethics, etc.

“This conference will explore the religious, ethical, leadership, and scientific questions that spur this divide in the American experience by giving thoughtful consideration to the assumptions held by both sides of the political aisle.”

The first keynote address, dealing with ethics and medical intervention, will be presented by Morgan at 3 p.m. in Kemper-Redd Lecture Hall.

The second keynote, covering leadership, religion, ethics and America’s youth, will be presented by Simmons at 5 p.m.. in Funkhouser Auditorium.

Morgan is a doctoral candidate in Boston University’s Health Services Research program and a research coordinator for the university’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Over the past three years, he has presented several national conferences.

Simmons is the founding permanent director of the McGovern Center and Legacy Museum at Dakota Wesleyan. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Denver and a certificate of ministry from Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.

The conference schedule is:

10 a.m., Hawker Lounge: Christensen, “Zealous Politics: Religious Fervor, Uncivil Discourse, and Challenges to a Unifying American Ethic.”

11 a.m., Hawker Lounge: Franke, “Bioethics and Religion.”

Noon, Hawker Lounge: Roundtable, “Ethics, Religion, and Leadership: An Examination of Current Trends.”

3 p.m., Kemper-Redd Lecture Hall: Morgan, “Comparative Ethics and Medical Intervention: Decision-Making from Circumcision to Colonoscopy.”

5 p.m., Funkhouser Auditorium: Simmons, “Leadership, Religion, and Ethics: A New Crisis of Confidence for America’s Youth.”

The event is being sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Alderson Broaddus religion and philosophy department and the Alderson Broaddus speech and debate team.

More information can be obtained by contacting Christensen at christensenjm@ab.edu.