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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.

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  •  Political and Religious Developments in Egypt

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    Ahmed Salah, one of the founders of the Kifaya Movement (the Egyptian Movement for Change), offers the perspective of a participant in the Arab spring on current developments in his country, May 2, 5-6 p.m., in the Learning Commons on the Santa Clara University Campus.  RSVP 

  •  Sustainable Development in Ghana

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    What kind of housing will suit the needs of people who live in an almost treeless area of Ghana where The annual income per capita is less than $100?

    For the past four years, students at Santa Clara University have developed the "Catenary Arch" design, building an office, library, and house in Gambibgo, Ghana.  This arch structure is comprised of blocks made of local soil arranged in an arch and covered in a plaster. The structure has no need for zinc or timber, is highly durable, and requires little maintenance.

    With a Hackworth Research Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, SCU seniors Nathan Rogers and Matt Jensen undertook an evaluation of the project to insure that its goals are ethical and that it is carried out in an ethical fashion.  Their report explores the virtues of a good engineer and the issues of informed consent when working with a largely illiterate population.

  •  Tribute to Wangari Maathai

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    A portrait of Kenyan economist Wangari Maathai will join the Architects of Peace collection at Santa Clara University this week.  The unveiling will be Friday, November 11, 2:30 p.m., in the Wiegand Center of the Arts and Sciences Building.

    Wangari, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, died in September.  Her photo was taken by Michael Collopy, who has photographed every living Nobel laureate.  He is the creator of the book Architects of Peace, which formed the basis for the Architects of Peace Curriculum, created in conjunction with the Ethics Center.  The curriculum offers essays by each peacemaker and classroom resources for high school and college students.

  •  A New Design for Haiti

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    After the earthquake in Haiti, housing became a critical need for people who had lost homes in the disaster. With help from a Hackworth Research Grant from the Ethics Center, one of Santa Clara University's senior design teams worked with SCU Professor Reynaud Serrette to construct an easily replicable, safe, and modular house as a possible solution to the systematic housing problems.

    The SCU School of Engineering requires all senior design teams to provide an ethical explanation and justification for their projects.  Kelli Oura, Danielle Locklar, and Lauren Reinnoldt, all Civil Engineering seniors at Santa Clara University, analyzed the ethical importance of their project, the engineering virtues it referenced, and the difficulties of implementation in their article.

    Hackworth Grants are awarded twice yearly to Santa Clara University students and faculty doing work in applied ethics.  The grants are supported by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth. 

  •  The Unfolding Situation in Egypt

    Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 9:45 PM

    The tension between supporting democracy and advancing US national interests was one of the topics covered by the Center's Emerging Issues Group in a recent conversation with Farid Senzai (podcast).  Senzai, an assistant professor of political science at SCU, gave the historical background to the current protests and laid out some of the ethical issues facing the US diplomats. 

    Senzai teaches Politics of the Middle East. His current research explores U.S. democracy promotion in the Middle East, U.S. relations with the Muslim world and a national study of Muslims in America.

  •  Transitional Justice

    Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    The former executive secretary of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Paul Van Zyl, will speak on "Truth, Reconciliation, and Religion" Feb. 10, 5 p.m., at the SCU Learning Commons. 

    Van Zyl is the CEO of PeaceVentures and director of New York University School of Law's Transitional Justice Program.

  •  Immigration Conference

    Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 4:10 PM

    A panel on the causes and criminalization of immigration and the contributions of immigrants tomorrow inlcudes Anoop Prasad, Asian Law Caucus, Teresa Castellanos, Santa Clara County - Office of Human Relations and Bill Ong Hing, USF - School of Law.

    The conference is co-Sponsored by Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform, AILA-SCU Law Group, SCU Detention Dialogues, and Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

  •  Humanitarian Crises

    Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 2:49 PM

    A meeting with a Haitian priest provides the jumping off point for Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse to reflect on the role of Catholic universities in responding to humanitarian crises in an article for "Explore," the journal of The Ignation Center at SCU.  He writes:

    "Catholic universities should come to see humanitarian crises not only as catastrophic irruptions outside the normal course of events, but also as crises that occur amid long social histories. The love that animates the immediate service of a Catholic university must not be separated from the scrutiny of the histories of injustice that almost always compound these disasters. This insistence on the inseparability of love and justice should not only play a role in the classroom, at campus religious services, and in public statements from university officials—it should also inform decisions that the university makes about how to address a humanitarian crisis in the years of rebuilding that may follow.