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Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Ken Nickel, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Ambrose Research Ethics Committee. 

Academic Excellence Amid Democratic Decline: A Platonic Survival Story

Unknown by some and forgotten by others, Plato’s Republic, the Socratic dialogue celebrating the virtues in and of the ‘Ideal City’, was a ‘science fiction’ story written for the benefit of his Academy. This year’s plenary speaker, Dr. Ken Nickel, contends that a reconsideration of ‘virtue’ in the university can serve to alert its stewards and guardians of the tyrannies that threaten its own survival, and that it is time to write a twenty-first century ‘science fiction’ survival story of our own, one in which ‘excellence’ inspires us to avoid the very same fate that perennially imperils democracy.



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Below is a list of previous conference programs and themes

  • March 29, 2023
    Climate Change and the Christian University
  • March 30, 2022
    Adjacent Possibilities: Research That Makes Room for What's Possible
  • March 31, 2021
    Faithful Science
  • March 27, 2019
    Uncharted: Conversations in the Hinterlands
  • April 4, 2018
    The World after Tomorrow
  • March 29, 2017
    The Power of Story
  • April 4, 2016
    Wisdom: Past, Present, and Future
  • March 30, 2015
    Poverty: Causes, Impact, and Solutions
  • March 31, 2014
  • March 16, 2013
  • March 26, 2012
  • March 28, 2011
  • March 29, 2010