Fall 2014: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles



In order to be a more moral society, the U.S. Government should continue the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in lethal engagement with foreign targets.


Fall 2014 Course

Fall 2014 marks the tenth consecutive year of the Moral Forum course (University Honors 101), and 54 students enrolled in six sections of the course.


Our guest lecturers included:

•  Lane McLelland, Director of Crossroads Community Center. McLelland lectured on ethical theory and moral philosophy.

•  Steven Groves, Senior Fellow with the Heritage Foundation.  Groves outlined the arguments for continuing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in lethal operations.

•  Zeke Johnson, Managing Director of Amnesty International USA. Johnson questioned the morality of using UAVs in lethal foreign policy operations.

•  Mark Nelson, Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.  Dr. Nelson spoke on the art and mechanics of public speech.


Katy Turner, Aidan Hathaway, Will Gonzalez, Jacquie Andreano, and Ciara Malaugh served as Moral Forum Scholars who facilitated course discussions.


Tenth Annual Moral Forum Tournament

The three-week tenth annual Moral Forum Tournament was held in the School of Law, Lloyd Hall, and the Ferguson Center, with the support of 60 volunteer judges including law students, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty from across campus.

In front of a Ferguson Theater audience of more than 300, a total of $7,000 in Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility scholarships were distributed on the final night. Brittany Johnson and Blair Bush argued for the use of UAVs, and the winning team, Jacob McHugh and Talmadge Butts, argued for it. Caitlin Cobb, Jared Hunter, Sarah Hanes, and Jacob Farley were recognized for their achievements as semifinalists. Alma Atassi was recognized for her outstanding written case while Jacob McHugh was named outstanding individual debater.