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Conference Schedule

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Conference Schedule:

Thursday, March 27: 
@ Den on UAA Campus

8:30 am: Opening Ceremony and Introductions

            Provost Elisha “Bear” Baker

University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)Office of the Provost

            Lu, Ming – UAA Confucius Institute Chinese Director

9:00 – 10:00 am: Ethics and Relationships

            Stephanie Bauer, Ph.D.  and Terry Kelly, Ph.D.

                        University of Alaska Anchorage - Associate Professors

                        “The Good, the Bad, and the Ethical: The Interplay between Moral

                                    Principle and Ethical Commitment in Social Roles”

Vivian-Lee Nyitray, Ph.D.

            Prospect College and Taigu College - Dean

                        (Chongqin and Shanxi Province, PRC)

            Patricia McSweeney McCauley Chair and Professor Emerita

                        Department of Religious Studies

                        University of California, Riverside

            “Taking Responsibility: Toward a Sixth Confucian Relationship (with

 Notes from my Life as a Dean in China)”


10:00-10:15 am: Break

10:15 am -11:30 pm: Development, Enterprise, and the Good

            Shi, Shan

                        Renmin University (Beijing, PRC)- Ph.D. Candidate

                        “Comparison of Xunzi’s and Aristotle’s Thought of ‘Good’”

            Chai, Ting Ting, Ph.D.

                        Northeast Normal University – Associate Professor

                        “The Values Crisis and Ethics Crisis of the Modern Western

                                Development Concept”

            Li, Hong, Ph.D.

                        Northeast Normal University (Changchun, PRC) – Professor

                        “The Ethical Spirit and Principle of Labor-Capital Relationship in

                        the Non-Public Enterprise”

11:30 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Philosophical Theories and Perspectives

Paul Huske

            University of Alaska Anchorage

            “An Analysis of Richard Rorty’s Postmodern Ethical Perspective”

Ryan Pino

            Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)

            “Confucian Revivalism and Its Role in Chinese Society and Education”

Matthew Strebe

            University of California Santa Cruz

            “Reformulating Warfare: Just War Theory and Kantian Ethics”

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm Eastern Thought and Western Religion

            Tara Harrington

                        University of Alaska Anchorage

                        “Thoughts from a Christian: Can the World Afford to Practice Wu-Wei

                           When It Comes to Our Environment?”

            Jacob Land

                        Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California)

                        “Drawing from the Same Well:  Eastern Thought in Christian Ethics”

3:00 – 6:30 pm Free Period

7 pm- 9 pm: Community Panel @ East High School Auditorium

“The Priorities and Ethics of Educating”

Panel:Andy Josephson, UAA Graduate and Alaska State Representative                                 
Roger Ames, 2013 Confucian Prize Recipient                                                                 
Maria Williams, Director of Alaska Native Studies at UAA
Ed McLain, UAA College of Education

Respondent:  Francisco Miranda, UAA Department of Languages

Friday, March 28:  @ Den on UAA Campus  

8:30 am: Convene and Introduction of Other Key Sponsors

            UAA Honors College

            Alaska International Education Foundation, Inc. (AIEF)

8:45 – 9:45 am: Eastern Arts, Thought, and Ethics 

Alan Rivera

            University of San Diego (California)

            “The Impossible Junzi and Global Ethics”

Daniel Jimenez

            University of Alaska Anchorage

            “The Power of Music: Censorship in Confucianism” 

Brandon Cudequest

            Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California)

            “Eastern Tones:  What Can Contemporary Acoustics Learn from


9:45 – 10 am: Break  (provided by AEIF)

10 – 10:45 am: Medicine, Compassion and Autonomy

Stacey Lucason

            University of Alaska Anchorage

            “Constructed Identities as Foundational to Autonomy:

              Special Implications for Medical Practice”

Christine M. Caswell

            University of Alaska Anchorage

            “Professional Compassionate Caregiving and Moral Education

               Supported Through Schwartz Center Rounds

11:00-11:45 am: Alaska Native Ethics:  Constructs and Issues

Josephine Hishon

            University of Alaska Anchorage

            “Yup’ik Culture is also Confucian”

            Brittany Burns

                        University of Alaska Anchorage

                        “A Series of Circles: Carding the Real Iñupiat”

12:15 - 2: 30pm: Off-campus Lunch and Entertainment (provided by AIEF)

12:15 p.m. Participants' bus leaves UAA for off-campus lunch site

12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-1:45 Dance by the Kingikimiut Dancers

2:00 p.m. Participants' bus leaves off-campus site to return to UAA

 2:30 - 4:00 pm: Ancient Texts and Ethical Living

Kim, Won-Myoung, Ph.D.

            Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Yongin, Korea)- Assoc. Professor

Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Hankuk University of

  Foreign Studies (Yongin, Korea)

“Wonhyo’s Conception of ‘Harmonious Life” in the Global World”

Kim, Shin, Ph.D.

            Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, Korea)– Assoc. Professor

            Daodejing and the Foundation of Ethics”

            Chen, Deming

                        Renmin University (Beijing, PRC) – Ph.D. Candidate

                        “Role Ethics in the Yijing

            Robin Wang, Ph.D.

                        Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California) – Professor

                        Director of Asian and Pacific Studies

                        “Fluidity and Rhythm of Self-Identity: Old Practice, New Perspectives”

            Stefanie Burich, M.A.

                        Graduate of University of Wales (Great Britain)

                        “Ethics in the Bhagavad Gita

5:30 pm Participant Dinner @ Cuddy Center (UAA) (provided by AIEF)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Keynote Address: @ UAA Cuddy Center

            Roger Ames, Ph.D. – “Confucian Role Ethics”

                        University of Hawai’i Manoa

                        Recipient of the 2013 Confucius Prize

Friday’s speaker has been sponsored by significant grants from the UAA Confucius Institute and the UAA Honors College.  All meals, transportation and entertainment for Conference/Convocation participants Friday were provided by the vision and generous funding of the Alaska International Education Foundation, Inc. (AIEF)

Saturday, March 29: @ ARTS Recital Hall Room 150 (on UAA campus)

8:30 am: Convene

8:45 - 10:15 am: Speaking to Confucian Role Ethics

All panelists and moderator are from Central Washington University

            Michael Hadfield


           Ashlee Godwin

                        “Confucian Role Ethics for Women: A Response to Roger T.

                            Ames’ Vocabulary”

            Megan Gustafson

                        Women, Role Ethics and Phenomenology:

   A Critique and Expansion.”

            Zoey Zemanek

                        “Confucian Role Ethics: Reflections from a Global Perspective”

Moderator:  Jeffrey Dippman, Ph.D.

Respondent:  Roger Ames

10:15-10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am: Modern Ethical Issues

            Ann Pirruccello, Ph.D.

                        University of San Diego (California) – Professor

                        “Academic Freedom Abroad and Confucian Friendship”

            Jeffrey Dippman, Ph.D.

                        Central Washington University  - Professor

                        “Human Rights and Daoism: An Alternative Chinese Perspective”

            Fritz Detweiler, Ph.D.

                        Adrian College – Professor

                        Director of the Adrian College Institute for Ethics

                        “Native American Ethics: A Theory of Intersubjective Reciprocity”

11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Closing Ceremony

            Expressions of Gratitude to Roger Ames

UAA Chancellor Tom Case – Closing Remarks

Presentation of Certificates to Presenters and Participants

                        Annie Ping Zeng – UAA Confucius Institute US Director

1:00 pm: Participants Lunch Buffet

Conference contact information:

Dr. Kristin Helweg Hanson (

Dr. Raymond Anthony (; 907.786.4459)

Dr. Stephanie Bauer (; 907.786.4677)