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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

  •  Tech Innovation Policy at The White House --Law and Ethics

    Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 4:30 PM

    Professor Colleen Chien
    Event Date: Sept. 24, 2015
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Learning Commons and Library, St. Clare Room

    Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center of Applied Ethics and the High Tech Law Institute

    Santa Clara Law is pleased to welcome home SCU Associate Professor Colleen Chien from her recent appointment as White House Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property and Innovation. Chien is nationally known for her research and publications surrounding domestic and international patent law and policy issues. She has testified before Congress, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the US Patent and Trademark Office on patent issues, and continues to serve as a consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She will discuss Ethics and Innovation Policy at the White House, addressing topics such as:

    • Patent Reform
    • Patent Quality
    • Open Data, Social Change, and Economic Growth
    • Innovation For All – Tech Policy and Education Gaps, Connectivity Deserts, and Government Websites
    • Opportunities to get Involved

    This event is free but registration is required. Register Online Now!

    The IT, Law and Ethics speaker series is an ongoing series of distinguished lectures and panel discussants focusing on the ethical, social, and legal implications of information technologies.

  •  2015 Ethics Camp: Lessons in Building Character in Today's Youth

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 4:45 PM

    The 2015 Character Education Ethics Camp brought together teachers and staff from Bay Area high schools for a four-day workshop. The participants in the workshop each manage after-school programs at their respective high schools, ranging from mathematics clubs to bead making classes. Such programs are aimed at keeping students out of trouble and involved in productive, character-building activities.

    Among the many important topics covered throughout the week were the value systems of teens versus adults, and the thoughts, skills and values that go into the formation of a young person’s character.

    So what exactly is character education? Senior Fellow in Character Education Tom Kostic aptly describes it as the deliberate effort to cultivate virtue. It is everything done in a school that influences the kind of person a student becomes.

    In considering the formation of a young person’s character, Kostic focuses on three main criteria: values, skills, and thoughts.

    A person’s values are largely determined by the different role models he or she has in his or her life. What’s interesting is that traditional role models have changed from generation to generation; whereas many of today’s adults viewed their parents as role models growing up, many kids today find role models in the media, entertainment, and sports.

    Character formation also has much to do with one’s thought processes. The ability to effectively problem solve, reflect on one’s experiences, reference a reliable ethical framework, and think straight are all critical to the development of character.

    Finally, the ability to cooperate with peers, control one’s anger and restrain sudden impulses are just a few examples of skills that will facilitate the growth of a young person’s character.

    True to good workshop form, the sessions were filled with animated conversations, as participants examined how they could each help cultivate the right values, skills, and thoughts in the minds and hearts of their students. Unfortunately, not all educators share the enthusiasm for character education that manifests itself at the Ethics Camp.

    The state of California has a character education code for its schools, but the argument can be made that much more should be done to promote the character of our state’s youth. It has been mandated that every California educator receive a character education manual, and in 2007, October was officially declared “Character Education” month. “But what about the remaining 11 months?” Kostic asked. Shouldn’t character education be emphasized across all subjects, each and every day?

    Character education boils down to creating a culture that calls for us all to be the best people we can be. At Ethics Camp, we see the beginning of that action, engagement and effort.

    The Ethics Camp for afterschool educators was supported by a grant from Goodwill Industries.

  •  Ethical Dilemmas of Nonprofits

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 3:26 PM

    Join us August 18th for "Ethical Dilemmas of Nonprofits: Challenges Facing Leaders." The event is presented by AFP Silicon Valley Chapter, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Focus Business Bank. The Media sponsor is the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ethical leadership starts at the top. These community leaders will address the realities that executives and board members encounter, and how they are handled. Moderated by Ervie Smith, Focus Business Bank, the panelists are:

    • Ann Gregg Skeet, Director of Leadership Ethics, Markkula Center
    • Mark Parnes, Assistant General Counsel, Wilson, Sonsoni, Goodrich & Rosati
    • Rick Williams, CEO, Sobrato Family Foundation

      Luncheon Fees:
      $35 per person
      Includes buffet lunch and parking.


      Please note: a $10 fee will be added to walk-in registrations. To avoid this fee, please register and pay by the RSVP date, August 12.
  •  Center Reaches Out Through the Jesuit Digital Network

    Friday, Jul. 31, 2015 2:28 PM
    Hanson in Montevideo
    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was chosen as one of pilot institutions for the Jesuit Digital Network, a global network connecting high quality academic content in the Jesuit tradition with educators and learners.  Three hundred of the Center’s articles, videos, and cases on business ethics were uploaded to the Network, which allows faculty from Jesuit and other universities around the world to use curated resources chosen by respected experts.  Also available is the Center’s module for teaching about the just-released Papal Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si’.
     
    Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson participated in introducing the new effort at the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools in Montevideo, Uruguay, in July.  Hanson and Center Visiting Scholar Oscar Bulaong, philosophy professor at Ateneo de Manila, selected a set of 20 key resources for new teachers of business ethics, which is available on the Network. 
  •  Pope Francis and the Environment: Protecting Mother Earth and All Her Children

    Monday, Jul. 20, 2015 10:00 AM

    Speaker: Thomas Reese, S.J.
    Ethics Center Visiting Scholar and senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter
    Aug 3, 2015
    noon - 1:00 p.m.

    Att: Room Change to: Learning Commons Library - Saint Clare Room

    In his new encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis confronts environmental degradation and global warming, issues that will no doubt challenge humanity for the rest of this century. Thomas Reese,S.J., visiting scholar for the Ethics Center and senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter, will explain the Pope's viewpoint and how his perspectives may change the debate about the environment and how humanity lives and works on planet earth.

    Follow this event on Twitter
    #popeearth

  •  Junipero Serra: The Man Behind the Canonization Controversy

    Monday, Jul. 13, 2015 2:37 PM

    Friday July 24, 2015
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    Harrington Learning Commons - Saint Clare Room

    Speakers:
    *Rose Marie Beebe, professor of Spanish, Modern Language and Literatures, Santa Clara University
    *Robert Senkewicz, professor of History, Santa Clara University
    Moderator: Thomas Reese, S.J., senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter, and Visiting Scholar,
    Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

    *Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

    After the presentation, there will be time for discussion.

    Beebe and Senkewicz will speak about their new book, Junipero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (U of Oklahoma Press, 2015). Their work is an attempt to get behind the controversy over the canonization of Serra and to illuminate the man himself. While the work of Beebe and Senkewicz is historical and does not take a position on the canonization, what they have to say is sure to assist both those who believe Serra should be canonized as an intrepid evangelizer of the New World and those who believe that Serra was a central figure in the destruction of the Native American way of life and thus is unworthy of the honor of sainthood. The canonization is scheduled to take place during the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C. this September.
     

    Follow this discussion on Twitter!
    Ethics Center Twitter: scuethics    #serrascu


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  •  Levy Ethics Challenge Totals Over $300K

    Monday, Jul. 6, 2015 2:28 PM
    The 2nd Annual Levy Challenge raised a record $377,222. Thank you to our generous donors.

    For the second consecutive year, the Levy Ethics Challenge exceeded our greatest expectations. This year, the Challenge  leveraged $277,222 in gifts to the Ethics Center since it began on March 18th. Thanks to generous donors and friends of the Ethics Center Dick and Sue Levy, who matched all donations with a  $100,000 gift, the total raised is $377,222. This generous donation boosts our local and global impact as an organization, enabling us to reach new audiences, increase community programs, and offer unique and transformational experiences for our student fellows and interns. We are grateful to Dick and Sue Levy for making this possible, and to all those helping us build a more ethical world. Thank you!

  •  Ethics Center Hackworth Fellows 2015-16

    Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015 12:31 PM
    Ethics Center Hackworth Fellows 2015-16: Kelly Shi, Alexandra Sudomoeva, and Roshan Rama.

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics announces the selection of the undergraduate Hackworth Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.  These three Santa Clara University seniors will work closely with the Ethics Center to design and deliver projects that connect their peers to ethics topics.

    • Alexandra Sudomoeva is a Mathematical Economics and Communications double major from Moscow, Russia. Alexandra will develop programs and dialogues on off-campus housing, particularly on the rights and responsibilities of landlords, students and neighbors.
       
    • Roshan Rama, from San Ramon, California, is an Economics major and History minor. Roshan will create a closer cooperation between the Ethics Center and the RLC (Residential Learning Community) facilitators designed to provide more RLC ethics programs.
       
    • Kelly Shi is a Philosophy major with an emphasis in ethics, and is from San Jose, California. A member of Santa Clara's Ethics Bowl Team for the last 2 years, Kelly will work with the Ethics Center team that produces "The Big Q," a dialogue on ethical dilemmas faced by college students.
       

    The Hackworth Fellowship Program is supported by a generous endowment established by Joan and the late Michael Hackworth, longtime close friends and supporters of the Ethics Center and Santa Clara University.

     

  •  Student Government Leaders Meet at Panetta Institute

    Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 10:30 AM
    David DeCosse

    Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse spoke on student government ethics to undergraduate student government leaders from around California at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at Cal State Monterey Bay on June 6. In his presentation, DeCosse used ethics cases developed by Hackworth Fellow Kori Lennon SCU '14 that are posted to a website she created called Student Government Ethics.

    Called Education for Leadership in Public Service, the program convened student body presidents and other elected offers from the California State University system and three private universities.  Now in its sixteenth year, the program brought student leaders together for 8 days of learning from experts in a variety of fields.

     

  •  Connelly and Williams Win Markkula Prize

    Monday, Jun. 15, 2015 10:00 AM

    Each year, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics awards the Markkula Prize to a Santa Clara University Senior who has done outstanding work in applied ethics. Established by the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in honor of A. C. "Mike" Markkula Jr.'s leadership as chairman of the board, this award is given annually to a student in recognition of outstanding work in applied ethics. This year, the Center awarded Markkula Prizes to Elizabeth Connelly and Tony Williams.

    Elizabeth Connelly

    Building on her experience as a Health Care Ethics Intern last year, Connelly served as an invaluable member of the bioethics team in 2015 as the Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics. With her tireless efforts and accomplishments well beyond expectations, she played a vital role in piloting several new clinical rotations at Kaiser Santa Clara. Connelly also served as a peer mentor to the current class of interns, assisted with recruitment, worked on the Health Care Ethics Facebook Page, and presented at special events highlighting the work of the Ethics Center. Her career goal is to become a pediatrician.

    "My two years with the Ethics Center not only taught me how to be a critical thinker, but shaped how I view health care and what kind of participant in the health care system I want to become. Some of the most valuable gifts from my experience were the amazing people I met. From my mentors at the Center to the numerous physicians and medical professionals I shadowed, the lessons and support I received from these individuals have been invaluable as I look toward my future. I will be forever grateful for the Markkula Center and all it has brought to my Santa Clara University experience."

    Tony Williams

    Williams served as this year's Big Q intern, working on the Ethics Center's project to raise awareness of campus ethics issues. He organized a series of campus events on timely topics of concern to students such as sexual assault, eating disorders, climate change, and body image. He also sparked online conversations on these and other issues through a variety of social media platforms. Williams was a major force behind the launch of the Center’s newest effort in the dorms, "Elevator Pitch," a broadsheet on everyday ethical dilemmas posted in the elevators in Swig Hall. Williams was also awarded SCU's Inclusive Excellence Award. He will be traveling in Europe this fall, and looks forward to a future working to encourage social change.

    "Working with The Big Q allowed me the time to ponder ethical dilemmas crucial to students and campus life, and ask important questions about how we want our academic community to live and learn together. I will surely take the experience of organizing forums and amplifying ethical dialogues forward with me as I graduate."