How Do We Create the World We Wish to Live in?


We have collected footage of the keynote and faculty speaker's talks, as well as powerpoints and essays from our symposium, all of which can be found below:

Sarah Alisabeth Fox

By Way of the Pasts We Write

Practiced Engaged History and Environmental Justice

Eirik Steinhoff

Critical Formalism and the Poetics of Abolition


Click below to view the presenter's essays

Contact & Location

The conference and pre-seminars will be hosted at The Evergreen State College. 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505

The event will take place in the main campus at Purce Hall. On Friday, it costs 3$ to park in the Evergreen parking lots. Please be mindful that the parking kiosk in the front of campus only accepts cash. While F-Lot, located in the back of campus accepts card. Saturday parking is free.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at :


The Ethics in Action conference is a space for curious and critical minds to engage with what ethics means to them personally, as a society, and how we can incorporate ethics into our daily lives. Our key question is: “How do we create the world we wish to live in?” We ask this question because we want to look at both ethical theory, where ideas emerge, and action, which puts those ideas into practice. The conference will consist of speakers, a symposium, and workshops. Students, faculty, grassroots activists and community members are invited to present on their particular ethical inquiries and practices. We hope that through collaboration and discourse, participants may feel empowered as ethical agents to act collaboratively in order create the world they wish to live in.

Before one ventures into creating work we suggest considering the following topics

Representation in the Arts and Media

Technological Change



Grassroots Activism

Equity and Inclusion

Spiritual and Religious Collaborations

Environmental Sustainability


The symposium is an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to present papers and powerpoint presentations aligned with the theme of ethics in action. The symposium provides a space where participants from across disciplines may share how ethical action arises in their field of inquiry and work.


Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to present their ethical practices interactively within a group of fellow conference participants. Workshops offer ways to engage participants in practices that may be in line with work a facilitator or organization has been working on outside of the conference.


Participants can facilitate seminars that surround a certain text, video, or question related to the inquiry of ethical action.


Involved in an organization that wishes to attend the conference? We invite organizations to table as a way to network and share the work they have been doing in the community.


Sarah Alisabeth Fox

Environmental Historian

Sarah is an Evergreen Alum of ‘01, and is currently getting her PhD at the University of British Columbia in History. Sarah is an environmental historian with a focus in folklore, and has spent over the past 10 years recording the lived experiences of Downwinders, those who live in areas downwind of nuclear production sites. Her book Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West focuses on the lived experiences of those who are impacted by radiological exposure in the Great Basin. Her work seeks to center the expertise of ordinary people living in impacted regions, whose voices and knowledge are often excluded from the historical record.


Eirik Steinhoff

Eirik Steinhoff has worked as a visiting member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College since 2013. He teaches and co-teaches intensive interdisciplinary programs with titles like, “How to do things with words,” “Forensics,” “A New Middle East,” “Words/Woods,” and currently “Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy + Critical Numeracy.” He has also taught Shakespeare, critical theory, rhetoric, poetry, and poetics at the University of Chicago (where he received his Ph.D. in English), Bard College (where he received his B.A.), and Mills College. In the early 21st century, he edited Chicago Review, and in 2009 his translations from Petrarch’s Rime Sparse appeared as Fourteen Sonnets from Albion Books. In 2010, he taught at Green Haven Correctional Facility under the auspices of the Bard Prison Initiative, and in 2014 he co-facilitated a weeklong reading and writing seminar with faculty at Al-Quds University in Palestine.

A series of pamphlets he curated in late 2011 and early 2012, called A Fiery Flying Roule, has just been published in book form with a 60-page afterword. He co-edits Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe, and his essays have appeared in Arcade, Chicago Review, Counter-Signals, Floor, postmedieval, and elsewhere. He works with incarcerated teachers and students in collaboration with the Black Prisoner Caucus’s T.E.A.C.H. program (“Taking Education and Creating History”). The bulk of his study in the classroom and beyond revolves around the question, “What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise?”


Join us in forming this community now! We are holding 3 Pre-seminars to begin the conversation on what ethical action is. The pre-seminars are a space where we can come together as a community for discussion and collaboration.

Pre-seminars will take place on 3 dates prior to the conference, with each event centered around chosen texts to generate discussion on ethical action. We ask if possible, that you read these texts before attending. If you are unable to read the texts, we still invite you to attend and participate!

Pre-Seminar One

Theme: Personal Ethics

Friday 30 November 2018

Past readings can be accessed here.



Saturday 19 January 2019

12pm - 4pm


Ethical Interpersonal Relating

Primary Readings


12 - 1: Meet and Greet Snack (Based on Individual Contributions and Generosity)
1 - 2: Small Group Discussions
2 - 2:30: Break
2:30 - 4: Large Group Discussion



Together, we can pull ethics out of abstraction, find examples of how to act ethically, and attempt to answer our central question: how do I create the world I wish to live in? In the pre-seminars, we will challenge ourselves to address this question by drawing on past and present work to create projects that will shape our future. During the conference, we will gather in a group symposium, small group workshops, seminars and displays of art and informative posters

All sessions will provide opportunities to recast human beings as subjects, rather than objects venture across disciplinary lines to invoke deeper thinking, to explore unfamiliar paradigms, and to create mindful dialogue that is oriented toward inspired action.

Deadline for submissions: January 19th Week 2 of Winter Quarter. Submissions are to be sent to

In the subject header of your email, please write SUBMISSION, submissions may be lost otherwise.

Click here for submissions checklist

As a mindful participant it is critical that one

honors personal context and intersectionality

treats and writes about human beings as subjects, not as objects

works towards fostering a space that is aligned with values of equity and inclusion. i.e, that are not racist, ableist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, or otherwise objectifying.

And that one considers these values as one ventures into dialogue across differences



Cognizance of the fact that we are learners


Time Alloted: 20 mins and Q&A Panel

We encourage participants to integrate their participation in the symposium with current academic work. For instance, you may be writing as essay or doing research which could be presented at our event. All presentations will be grouped and have a panel Q&A at the end of the session.

    In order to present an essay, one must submit a proposal that includes
  • 300-word abstract including thesis, learning objectives, intended audience and effects, and how your project relates to central themes of conference
  • Essay title & list of research resources (titles & author)
  • Short presenter bio
  • Logistical needs


Time Alloted: 20 mins and Q&A

We will also have a space for media presentations. All presentations will be grouped and have a panel Q&A at the end of the session.

In order to present a presentation, one must submit a proposal that includes:
  • 300-word abstract including thesis, learning objectives, intended audience and effects, and how your project relates to central themes of conference
  • Title & list of research resources (titles & author)
  • Short presenter bio
  • Logistical needs
  • Organization mission statement (if applicable)


Time Alloted: 40 mins

Does your research propose how to immerse participant in practical tools and skills that lead to ethical action? In such cases, facilitators should prepare to facilitate interactive activities that engage audience and seek to transfer skills or generate ideas about how to engage the community in positive action.

In order to facilitate a workshop, one must submit a proposal that includes:
  • 300-word abstract including thesis, learning objectives, intended audience and effects, and how your project relates to central themes of conference
  • Title & list of research resources (titles & author)
  • Short presenter bio
  • Workshop information (name, project, etc)
  • Organization mission statement (if applicable)
  • Logistical needs
  • Ideal number of participants


Posters and Artwork will be displayed in public places for all attendees. This is an opportunity to promote different projects currently in the works or giving artistic and creative expression to thoughts and ideas that surround the theme of the conference.

In order to display a poster or art, one must submit a proposal that includes:
  • 300-word abstract including type of project or form of art (Size), learning objectives, intended audience and effects, and how your project relates to central themes of conference
  • Title and list of research resources (titles and authors)
  • Short Presenter Bio
  • Organization mission statement (if applicable)
  • Learning outcomes
  • Logistical needs


Organizations will be provided space to set up a table where they may display projects they have been doing and share information regarding their group. This is a great opportunity to network community members and local activists with students and to generate action that will ge beyond the conference.

A proposal must include:
  • Name of organization
  • Organization mission statement
  • Organization's website



March 1st

Doors Open




Keynote Presentation featuring Sarah Alisabeth Fox

6:30 - 8:00

Closing Remarks

8:00 - 8:10


March 2nd

Doors Open


Welcome and Introduction to Day

10:00 - 10:15

Breakout Sessions

10:00 - 12:30


12:30 - 1:15

Lunch Break (Lunch not provided - Please plan ahead!)

1:15 - 2:00


2:00 - 4:30


4:30 - 4:45

Faculty Speaker Featuring Eirik Steinhoff

4:45 - 5:45

Closing Address and Wrap-Up

5:45 - 6:15

Organizations Tabling:

  • The Mpowewrment Project
  • P.I.P.E
  • Evergreen Justice Involved Student Group
  • GRuB
  • Just Housing
  • Planned Parenthood
  • WashPIRG
  • Vegan Club
  • SafePlace
  • IWW South Sound General Education Union
  • Olympia Bupe Clinic


  • Harm Reduction Workshop - Facilitated by Thalia Vaillencourt
  • Out of Incarceration Into Education: A Comeback Story - Facilitated by Billy Sweetser
  • Beyond the Crisis of Homelessness: Centering Justice, Trust, Relationships, and the Acceptance of Infinite Truths to Build a World Where Many Worlds Fit - Facilitated by Tye Gundel, Just Housing
  • Rethinking Disability: the Social Model of Disability and Chronic Illness - Facilitated by Carolyn Prouty
  • Giving up on “Being Good” - Facilitated by Carli Jipsen
  • Anti-Oppression: At the Intersections of Domestic and Sexual Violence - Facilitated by SafePlace

Symposium Presentations:

  • Savannah Burton: Late Capitalist Phantasmagoria: Where are Hands?
  • Jeff Hall: Working Through the Past: Memory, Aesthetics, and Geography
  • Gregory Buck: The Milkman: Consumption, Abundance Society, and the Device Paradigm
  • Mirrah Stoller: Brand Technocracy and The Human Face of Computing
  • Lauren Gano: Veganism: An Ecological and Ethical Perspective
  • Peter Kerposky: Utopian Ethics, Communalism , and Olympia Assembly
  • Thalia Vaillencourt: Public Perception of the Homeless and Street Involved Individuals in Thurston County