Each April, Kent Denver students, faculty and staff take a day to reflect on a specific topic through the lens of ethics. This year's Ethics Day, "The Ethics of Truth: It's Not What You Think," offers 36 sessions through which students can explore the meaning of Truth in a variety of lenses. The theme was chosen in the spring of 2016.
Sessions examine anything from the ethics of gender politics in athletics to representations on social media to whether or not superheroes are ethical representations of justice. Each session will encourage students to think about a given topic from a different perspective, and with peers across all grade levels.
"The Ethics Day Student Committee drove the creation of this year's theme," says Ethics Day Advisor James Covi. "They originally started with the concept of deceit and then flipped it to look at topics ranging from the nature of innocent divergences of memory to the current political climate of 'fake news'."
According to Covi, topics that drew interest during planning process included the interplay of quantum physics with general relativity, honesty in sports, the origins of and processing of the food we consume, the complexities behind class and privilege, and more. Some of those topics have even become sessions for this year's theme.
"I think in the process, the whole Kent Denver community this year will be looking under the surface of our own personal truths," says Covi. "With effort and compassion, that will work its way into helping us be more interconnected with and understanding of people in all spheres of our lives."
Past Ethics Day themes include Ethics in Film, Ethics of Perception, Identity and Reality, and Ethics of Empathy.
For a the full list of this year's Ethics Day sessions, please click here