USJ Sponsors Plenary Speaker Gerald Torres at
International Moral Education Conference in San Antonio
The 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education (AME) will be held November 8-10 in San Antonio, Texas. The 2012 conference theme is Civility vs. Incivility: Respectful Disagreement in a Divided World. Honors Director and Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Vozzola, Ph.D., a member of the AME Board of Directors, is serving on the Executive Planning Committee for the conference and will introduce Professor Torres’ speech.
In keeping with the University of Saint Joseph’s mission to encourage strong ethical values and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society, USJ will sponsor Gerald Torres’ plenary talk Citizenship and Human Rights. Torres is former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a leading figure in critical race theory, and an expert in agricultural and environmental law. Torres has also served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno. His latest book, The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, was described by Publisher's Weekly as "one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years."
Jonathan Haidt, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, will present the conference’s keynote address. Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion , has been featured on The Colbert Report, TED Talks, and Moyers & Company. The Righteous Mind will be a primary text for seniors in the spring Honors capstone course in Political Psychology taught by Professor Vozzola and Kenneth J. Long, Ph.D., professor and chair of History & Society.
Registration is open to the public. This conference will be of particular interest to psychologists, educators, philosophers, and graduate students as well as public school teachers and counselors. For more information or to register on-line, visit the conference website (http://www.salisbury.edu/ame2012/).