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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.

  •  Impact of the Center's Character Education Program

    Friday, May. 31, 2013 9:04 AM

    A special education teacher describes how her involvement in the Markkula Ethics Center when she was an undergraduate changed the course of her life.  Griselda Renteria, now a special education teacher in the Cupertino, Calif., school system, began working with the Center's Character Education Program when she was a freshman at SCU.

  •  Character Education Training

    Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 11:44 AM

     The Center's Character Education Program offers basic training in its Character-Based Literacy Curriculum in Bishop, Calif., at a daylong workshop June 14.  The training targets teachers, counselors, and administrators in alternative, special, and correctional education programs for at-risk students and juvenile offenders.  

    The program will cover:

    Essentials and Themes of CBL
    Introduction to CBL lesson plans
    CBL Reading Lists
    and other topics

    To register, or for more information, contact School Programs Manager Kim McCauley at

  •  The New Digital Divide

    Friday, May. 24, 2013 2:00 PM

    The divide  between those who have high-speed wired broadband access to the Internet in their homes and those who don't concerns Sillicon Valley entrepreneur Kim Polese, chairman of ClearStreet.  Polese, who led the launch of Java at Sun Microsystems and co-founded Marimba Inc., was the tenth subject in the Center's series, Internet Ethics: Views From Silicon Valley


  •  The Cost of Dying

    Friday, May. 24, 2013 12:38 PM

    Through writing about her own experience with her father's death, Lisa Krieger, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, began research for a set of articles about the cost of dying and moral choices at the end of life, published in 2012.  This month, Kreiger visited Santa Clara University in a talk sponsored by the Ethics Center and Commonwealth Club, Silicon Valley.  You can listen to the podcast of her presentation here.

  •  Athletics in College Admissions

    Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 3:00 PM

     Is it ethical for a college to accept a football player with much poorer grades than his classmate?  The latest case on the Center's Big Q blog deals with a form of affirmative action that has nothing to do with race.  

    The case was written by SCU student Samantha Mazza as part of a class on "Sports and Communication."  The Big Q is an online dialog for undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country exploring the everyday ethical issues confronting college students.

  •  Applications Invited for Research on Applied Ethics

    Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 2:51 PM

     Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students may apply for funds to assist in research projects on applied ethics through the Hackworth Grants program.  Applications are due Tuesday, May 28, for proposals.

    Previous grants have supported projects such as "Hark," a narrative film about sex slavery in the Bay Area, research on "Ethical Reasoning in Games and Online Communities," and development of a course called "The Cardinal Virtues: Foundation of Catholic Ethics." 

  •  It's Not About You

    Monday, May. 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson delivered the commencement address at University of Portland last week, advising the graduating seniors that "happiness, true happiness,...lies not in a narcissistic fascination with ourselves, but in service to others, indeed in living a life of service, to people and to things that matter."

    Hanson received an honorary degree from the university.

  •  Moral Choices at the End of Life

    Friday, May. 10, 2013 10:38 AM

    San Jose Mercury News reporter Lisa Krieger reflects on the cost of dying and the ethical issues that raises in a presentation Tuesday, May 14, noon, in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus.  In a series of powerful articles in the last year, Krieger both documented the immense financial costs associated with her father's final illness and showed how such costs are impacting end-of-life care throughout our health care system as a whole.  


  •  An Ethics Legacy

    Thursday, May. 9, 2013 12:00 PM
    Mike Markkula (left) and Kristi Bowers (right) flank Anna Kozas, former winner of the Markkula Prize in applied ethics for SCU undergraduates.

     In honor of the Ethics Center's 25th anniversary, Kristi Markkula Bowers reflects on what has sustained her family's involvement since the Center's inception.  Bowers' father, A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr., the co-founder of Apple Computer, and her mother, Linda Markkula, gave the seed funding for the Center, and, along with Bowers,  they have continued to be major supporters.

    Join us today, 4- 6 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus to celebate this anniversary.

  •  Bring Your Own Device

    Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, discusses some of the data security and personal privacy implications of employees bringing their own devices into the workplace, in the most recent entry in the Center's video series Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley