In this field trip to the U.S. Naval Academy, we’ll meet up with Dr. Jeffrey Macris, Deputy Director of the Stockdale Institute, for a lecture on how ethics and moral reasoning guide behavior, while integrity defines “how” individuals conduct their daily lives. Taking from both classical and contemporary thought in moral philosophy, Macris will show us how the USNA seeks to provide its future Naval officers with the ability to understand the moral complexities of leadership.

This presentation is an opportunity to preview a core ethics course required of all Naval Academy midshipmen which furnishes a deeper appreciation for the moral complexities of leadership, an understanding of the ethical demands of combat environments, and a roadmap for practical moral reasoning that translates into integrity. 

Dr. Macris’ talk will be followed by Q&A.  A group of high schoolers from the Eastern Shore will be joining us for this program.

What to Expect:

This is a field trip to the USNA by private vehicle or carpool.  We will depart the carpool staging area here in Easton (vacant bank parking lot in front of Target) at 10 am. Parking will be in downtown Annapolis (the Annapolis public parking garage near Gate 1 is now re-opened).  We will gather at the entrance to Gate 1 at 11:30 am and walk over together to the Luce Hall Planetarium for the lecture from Noon to 1 pm, with 15 minutes Q&A.  The Naval Academy Club is open to non-members for lunch off the menu, and there are any number of places in the harbor area near Gate 1 to go to for lunch as well. If carpooling, make sure to check when your driver intends to head home and don’t let them out of your sight!

IN PERSON Field Trip to the USNA in Annapolis (121 Blake Rd, Annapolis, MD) | 1 session | Wednesday | Nov 15 | 10 am – 4 pm | $20

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Jeff Macris, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Macris is the Deputy Director of the Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. He was a career naval aviator before becoming a Permanent Military Professor in the Naval Academy’s History Department as a Middle East expert. Dr. Macris is a former Yale University Presidential Visiting Fellow and has published two books on the Great Powers in the Middle East. He holds a Ph.D. (with Distinction) from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, as well as an Arabic linguist certificate from the Defense Language Institute. He earned the Naval Academy’s Military Professor of the Year Award in 2016.

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