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Undergraduate Ethics Symposium Frequently Asked Questions

What is acceptable to submit to the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium? What is the length requirement?

Analytic essays - 3,500 word maximum
Works of fiction - 3,500 word maximum
Research & analysis - 3,500 maximum
Poetry - 5 to 10 poems
Plays - one-act or comparable length
Photographs - approximately 10 photos with a 300 word narrative explaining the ethical issue being addressed
Films/documentaries - up to 10 minutes long

When is the deadline to submit? Submissions will be accepted until February 9, 2018.

What will be my cost to attend the symposium? The Prindle Institute will pay for your transportation from the airport to DePauw, and lodging and meals while you are at DePauw. You are expected to seek travel funds from your institution. The Prindle Institute has a limited number of need-based travel grants available.

Will I present my paper? You will not present your own paper; however, you will have a chance to workshop your paper with a small group of students, led by one of the keynote speakers or our guest scholars. Each participant will give a short summary of another person’s work. The author is then given a chance to respond before discussion about the work is opened to the entire group. 

When should I plan to arrive and depart from the symposium? You will be required to attend the entire symposium. The schedule is as follows:  

2018 UES Schedule

 Thursday, April 19

 4:30 p.m.          Arrival/Check-in

 5:30 p.m.          Telling Our Stories

 6:30 p.m.          Dinner

 7:30 p.m.          Keynote #1

 9 p.m.                Jazz at the Duck

 Friday, April 20

 8:15 a.m.           Breakfast at Prindle

 9 a.m.                Student workshops led by visiting scholars/professionals

 11:15 a.m.         Lunch and Workshop Debriefing (break to include yoga, hiking, group photos)

 1:30 p.m.          Student workshops (continued)

 4:15 p.m.          Keynote #2

 5:45 p.m.          Dinner and Workshop Debriefing

 7 p.m.               Keynote #3

 8:30 p.m.          Social time at Prindle

Saturday, April 21

 8 – 10 a.m.       Breakfast at the Inn at DePauw

                          Shuttle(s) departs for Indianapolis airport/bus station

When booking my flights, when should I plan to arrive at and depart from the Indianapolis International Airport? When booking your air travel, plan to arrive at Indianapolis International Airport before 3:30 p.m. on the first day of the symposium and depart after 4 p.m. on the last day of the symposium? The Prindle Institute will provide complimentary transportation between the Indianapolis airport and the Prindle Institute. If you miss the provided shuttle, you will be responsible for your own transportation at a cost of more than $80 each way. 

What if the flights I find are much more than I can afford? The Prindle Institute expects that you will get sponsorship from your institution. If they will not help with your travel expenses, you can submit a letter from your provost explaining that you have exhausted all sponsorship avenues at your home institution. In that case, the Prindle Institute will consider a travel grant.

More information about our symposium:

Since its first year, 2007-08, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics has sponsored the DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, building on the Institute’s focus on inquiry into a wide range of ethics issues. In that first year, we invited students from all across the country to submit their work, and then selected 25 participants from over 50 submissions. By the 5th symposium, held in April of 2012, the number of submissions had almost doubled. Over the years, a diverse set of colleges and universities has been represented including Harvard, Princeton, Middlebury, Georgetown, Lewis and Clark, Claremont McKenna, Colby, Carleton, Wellesley, Tufts, Brown, Alabama, Florida State, and the University of Chicago.

After a rigorous selection process, 25-28 participants are invited to come together for three days to consider the most pressing ethical issues of our time. This symposium is shaped around a series of workshops in which students present to one another their best work on a subject of ethical concern. These workshops are facilitated by visiting scholars-artists who then present their own work. 

Students whose works are accepted for the symposium will benefit from the critiques and comments of their peers in the seminar, and also from the insights of the visiting scholar or professional who will direct the workshop. Our goal is that each student who participates in the Symposium will have valuable comments towards creating a polished piece of writing which s/he can then submit in a portfolio, a graduate school application, or a job application.  The intangible benefits of this conference are, we think, even more significant. Each student will participate in intense and thoughtful inquiry about the ethical issues other students have examined carefully, so the conference will, we hope, provide a model for informed and thoughtful “inquiry and discourse about the critical issues of our time.”


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