Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics News Letter

September 2011 Newsletter

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

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Upcoming Events

One Bullet Away

Bestselling author Nathaniel Fick speaks on leadership and ethical decision making in combat. Fick, a former Marine platoon commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, is this year's Regan Lecturer. Friday, Sept. 23, noon, Learning Commons. Details >>

The Corporate Gatekeeper

From corporate counsels to audit committee members, from ethics and compliance officers to occupants of the C-Suite—many people perform a gatekeeping function in today's corporations. In conjunction with Morrison & Foerster and the StoneTurn Group, the Ethics Center is sponsoring a seminar on the responsibilities and opportunities of corporate gatekeeping. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto. Details >>

Nature, Culture, Technology

Kevin Starr, author of the "Americans and the California Dream" series and University Professor, University of Southern California, commemorates the 100th anniversary of a seminal paper on the spirit of California by philosopher George Santayana. Monday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Learning Commons. Details >>

New Materials

Religious Exemptions (podcast)

Should religious organizations be exempt from following laws governing such matters as gay marriage that conflict with their beliefs? Should individuals be exempt from following laws such as the draft that violate their religious principles? Tom Reese, S.J., distinguished visiting scholar at the Center, leads a discussion of the Center's Emerging Issues Group.Details >>

Budgeting in a Time of Fiscal Crisis (video)

As local governments struggled to pass budgets this year, they frequently confronted tough choices between worthwhile programs and projects. San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo talks with Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler about the values that guide such decisions. Details >>

Living Situations (case study)

Students from SCU, Columbia, UCLA, and University of North Texas gave thoughtful responses to the case of an incoming African American freshman who is trying to decide whether to live in an ethnically themed residence hall. The case is part of the Center's Big Q project to involve undergrads in dialog on ethical issues in their everyday lives. Details >>

The Role of the CFO in a Company's Ethical Culture (panel summary)

The Center's Business and Organizational Partnership heard a panel this summer on how the chief financial officer can be an "ambassador for ethics" within an organization. Panel moderator Jeff Kuhn of FLG partners and Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson discuss how the CFO can best perform this role. Details >>

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics also has extensive resources on:

Business Ethics
Campus Ethics
Character Education
Government Ethics

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