Ethics Week 2021 | University of Portland

Ethics Week 2021

Why is listening important? How do I feel when someone truly listens to me and when I truly listen to another? And what do I do with someone’s story or with whatever information I hear?

In a time of ever-increasing division and conflict in our world, Ethics Week 2021 will focus on the honesty, humility, and power of true listening and authentic, responsible storytelling. Scheduled for February 1-5, 2021, this week will hold 3 distinct offerings for participants to hear from members of the UP and Portland communities for whom listening and storytelling are key parts of their daily professional and personal lives.

Events and Offerings

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Ethics and Listening: Monday, February 1, 2021, 6:00-7:15pm

Join us for a free Zoom webinar featuring a panel of professionals whose work involves the crucial, nuanced practice of listening.


Marjorie Attis-Josias, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Portland)
Fr. Pat Hannon, C.S.C. ’82 (Instructor, Department of English; Pastoral Resident, Christie Hall)
The Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain (United States Circuit Judge - Ninth Circuit)
Kay Toran ’64 (President/CEO, Volunteers of America, Oregon; Board of Regents, University of Portland)


Fiona McCann (Senior Editor, Portland Monthly Magazine)

Learn more about the Ethics and Listening panel

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Ethics and Storytelling: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6:00-7:15pm

A free Zoom webinar featuring a panel of professionals whose work involves the dynamic, complex responsibility of storytelling.


Oscar Leong (President, De La Salle North Catholic High School)
Rhett Luedtke (Professor of Theatre, George Fox University)
Dave Miller (Host, Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Yvonne Simons (News Director, KATU-TV)


Jennette Lovejoy, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Communication Studies)

Learn more about the Ethics and Storytelling panel

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Student Podcast on Listening

A group of students from across UP’s campus share their thoughts, experiences, and hopes around how we listen to each other in relationships and what the world could be like if we each learned to listen less to respond and more to understand.