'Marriage and Morals' Explored at Ethics Conference

'Marriage and Morals' Explored at Ethics Conference

With news of gay marriage legalization and outlawed polygamist leaders making waves in the American media recently, Cal Poly Pomona will host a free ethics conference addressing “Marriage and Morals” from April 18-19.

“Marriage and Morals” will explore key issues surrounding marriage. Topics include the gay marriage debate; polygamy and democracy; family values; adultery; and marriage reform.

The 12th annual ethics conference is sponsored by Cal Poly Pomona's Philosophy Department, the Institute for Ethics & Public Policy, the Ethics Society, and the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences.

“With all the hot button issues surrounding marriage at this time, the Philosophy Department thought this would be a particularly timely topic,” said assistant philosophy professor Michael Cholbi. “On the one hand you see surveys where more people believe in marriage and believe its an important institution. But at the same time more people are delaying marriage and cohabiting. It seems time to have a larger social conversation about marriage, its status in society and personal ethics, such as adultery.”

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Most events are scheduled at Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W. Temple Ave., in the CLA Building, 8th floor Heritage Conference Room, except the Stephanie Coontz discussion at the Downtown Center, 300 W. Second St. in Downtown Pomona.

Parking permits are required at Cal Poly Pomona, and can be purchased for $5 at the Visitor Information Booth along Kellogg Drive.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 18

  • 9:30 a.m. — “Gay Marriage: The Main Philosophical Position, Their Strengths, and Their Weaknesses,”  Raja Halwani, School of the Art Institute of Chicago     
  • 11:10 a.m. — “Can Democracy Tolerate Polygamy?”  Jon Mahoney, Kansas State University          
  • 2:30 p.m. — “The (A)morality of Family Values,” Stephanie Coontz, Evergreen State University (Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center)          
  • 4 p.m. — Reception (Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center)          

Thursday, April 19

  • 9:30 a.m. — “The Ethics of Adultery,”  Laurence Houlgate, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo       
  • 11:10 a.m. — “A Proposal for Marriage Reform,”  Elizabeth Brake, University of Calgary          
  • 2:30 p.m.  – Roundtable Discussion featuring all conference speakers and guests             

For more information, call Michael Cholbi at (909) 869-3845, professor David Adams at (909) 869-3574 or the Philosophy Department at (909) 869-4766 or visit: https://www.class.cpp.edu/phl/newsevents/MarriageConferencePosterFinal.pdf.