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McCain Conference Registration Information

March 28-29, 2019 Registration is CLOSED at this time. Thanks for your interest.

Alumni Hall, second floor Bo Coppedge Room


2019 McCain Conference

"Moral Virtue and Moral Injury"

28-29 March 2019

US Naval Academy


 Thursday, 28 March

0730-0830       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

 0830-0835       Introduction of U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent

                         Dr. Joseph Thomas – Director, ­­Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

 0835-0840       Welcoming remarks

                         VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., USN – Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

 0840-0845       Introduction of keynote speaker

                         Dr. Joseph Thomas – Director, ­­Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

 0845-0945       Keynote – “Character: Body Armor for Modern Warfare”

                         LtGen John Wissler, USMC (Ret.) – U.S. Naval Academy

 0945-1000       Break

 1000-1115       Keynote – “Moral Virtue: A Theoretical Overview”

                         Dr. Nancy Snow – University of Oklahoma

 1115-1130       Break

 1130-1230       Keynote – “The Limits of Virtue”

                         Dr. John Doris – Washington University in St. Louis

1230-1330       Lunch and speaker – “Understanding the Causes of War Crimes”

                        Dr. Jessica Wolfendale – Marquette University

 1330-1345       Break

 1345-1445       Panel – “The Future of the Military Virtues”

                         Lt Gen Chris Miller, USAF (Ret.) – S. Air Force Academy

                         Shannon French – Case Western Reserve University

 1445-1500       Break

1500-1630       Panel – “Cultivating the Military Virtues”

                        COL Geoff Catlett, USA – S. Military Academy

                        Susan Martin – U.S. Army War College

                        Tony Pfaff – U.S. Army War College

                        Mitt Regan – Georgetown University Law Center


1630-1645       Group photo – Alumni Hall, first floor stairs

1645-1830       Reception – Visitor Center Observation Deck

Friday, 29 March

 800-0855       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

 0855-0900      Welcoming remarks

                        Dr. Joseph Thomas – Director, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

0900–1000      Keynote – “Moral Injury and Resilience Through a Stoic Lens”

                        Dr. Nancy Sherman – Georgetown University

1000-1015       Break

1015–1115      Panel – “Moral Injury: Philosophical Perspectives”

                        Edward Barrett – U.S. Naval Academy

                        Alycia Bianco – U.S. Naval Academy

                        Michael Robillard – University of Oxford

1130-1230       Break

1130-1230       Panel – “Moral Injury: Theological Perspectives”

                        CH (COL) Timothy Mallard, USA – U.S Army Europe (USAREUR) 

                        Marc LiVecche – University of Oxford

1230-1330       Lunch and speaker – “Moderation, Moral Virtue and Moral Injury:

                        Reflections on the Meaning of Moderation in a Modern Military”

                        Dr. Henrik Syse – Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

1330-1345       Break 

                        Keynote – “Moral Injury and Atonement”

                        Dr. David Luban – Georgetown University Law Center

1445-1500       Break  

1500-1600       Keynote – “Moral Injury and Killing in Combat: Research and Clinical Implications”

                        Dr. Shira Maguen – San Francisco VA Medical Center








Registration is complimentary, and you will be our guest for meals on Thursday and Friday (excluding dinner on your own in town on Friday after the reception). Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Some options are linked directly below (blue text):

The Airport Shuttle


Lodging on Academy grounds

Call: 410-293-3906 or 410-293-4655.

Navy Lodge

Adjacent to the Annapolis Naval Station, a short drive from the Academy

30 rooms available.

Call: 410-757-7900.

Lowe's Annapolis Hotel

126 West Street

Call: 410-263-7777

O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

174 West Street, Annapolis

Call: 410-263-7700

Fax: 410-990-9529

Country Inn and Suites

2600 Housely, Annapolis, a short drive from the Academy

Call: 888-201-1746, 410-571-6700

Fax: 410-571-6777

Historic Inns of Annapolis

58 State Circle

Call: 410-263-2641

Registration is CLOSED 

Registration Form (by invitation only)

Please fill out the form below. If you are registering a group of participants please list their names and email addresses in the box provided. Additionally, if you or group members have any dietary restrictions, you can include that information in the "other attendees" box.

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