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Educating for Moral Literacy

Join us at Penn State University for the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium.
When: April 25 at 6:00 p.m. 
Where: Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802

Contact: Deborah Trialonas814-863-8237

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The 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium

Join us at Penn State University for the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium. The theme of this year’s meeting, Educating for Moral Literacy, will provide a context for considering the theory and practice of moral literacy as embedded in educational contexts. The colloquium is designed to engage both practitioner and academic perspectives and experiences. The two days will feature keynote speakers, panel sessions, and several interactive sessions.

Featured Presenters

Charles Burford, Australian Catholic University

“Moral, Ethical and Virtuous Literacy: The Role of Discernment and Education”

A post-colloquium interview with Dr. Burford is available on both both YouTube andiTunes U.

Michael D. Burroughs, Penn State University

“Ethical Recognition and the Practice of Ethics Education with Young Children” 

Educating for Moral Literacy is organized by the Rock Ethics Institute and opens on Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn and continues on Saturday, April 26 in the Rackley Building of the University Park campus.

The 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium will tap into the collective experience of participants to explore how they understand and practice education for moral literacy. This will include discussions of best practices, theory development, social and professional issues in moral literacy education, perceptions of progress or decline in moral literacy education, and proposals for future initiatives (such as approaches to moral literacy curriculum materials, assessment of moral literacy education, and new directions for research on moral literacy).

The audience will be comprised of a mix of faculty, practitioners, and graduate students from a variety of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences (including philosophy, education, and psychology, among others). As has been our approach in the past, there will be an emphasis on interaction among all participants across both days.

There is no fee for attending. All meals are provided for all participants Friday evening through Saturday evening.


Call for Papers

Educating for Moral Literacy will provide a context for discussion of the theory and practice of moral literacy as embedded in educational contexts. In addition to a range of relevant discussions within this year’s theme, we are particularly interested in presentations that explore current or potential applications of moral literacy education in Pre-K-12 and University settings. We are also interested in presentations that situate moral literacy education in relation to other models for ethics education, such as character education and social-emotional education. Finally, presentations that focus on the theory or philosophy of moral literacy education and/or interdisciplinary approaches to this ethical framework are also welcome.  


If you would like to deliver a paper or facilitate a workshop at the colloquium, we would be pleased to consider your proposal. Please note we have a capacity for a limited number of papers. Send a title and a 300-word abstract for the proposed paper or workshop by Monday, March 31, 2014 to the attention of Dr. Sarah Clark Miller and Dr. Michael D. Burroughs at