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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.

  •  Meet New Executive Assistant Amy Hansen

    Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 11:17 AM

    As Executive Assistant, Amy Hansen provides administrative support to the Ethics Center's executive and associate directors. She has held fundraising, outreach, and executive positions at several local nonprofit organizations, particularly in the performing arts. Hansen received her B.A. in music from Stanford University, and most recently worked for Santa Clara University's Office of Development. "I'm delighted to be working with such a wonderful group of thoughtful and friendly people," Hansen states, adding that after only a month, she already feels at home.

  •  Conscience, Snowden, and the Internet

    Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 2:49 PM

    Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and more: We live in an age where savvy individuals shaped by the Internet culture are using technical means to obtain without permission --and then release to the public--massive amounts of data held by huge government or private institutions. Where do these individuals stand in the long tradition of civil disobedience? Are they the contemporary heirs of that tradition, re-interpreting it rightly for the age of the Internet? Or are they reckless individualists driven by a commitment to a distorted notion of freedom? This panel discussion aims to provide a framework for thinking through such questions.

    The panelists are: David DeCosse, director of campus ethics programs for the Markkula Ethics Center and SCU adjunct associate professor, Religious Studies; and Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, Markkula Ethics Center.

    We are fortunate to present these speakers in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea.

    12 p.m., Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Bldg

    Live Tweet with us! @mcaenews #ethicssnowden

  •  Health Care Ethics Internship (VIDEO)

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 4:08 PM

    In our latest video, Briana Britton, Center Health Care Ethics Intern 2012-13, reflects on her formative experiences shadowing physicians and nurses, and highlights Santa Clara University's commitment to the 3 C's: "Conscience, Competence, and Compassion."

    "Through this program," Briana states,"I felt like I could really fulfill the Jesuit philosophy of serving others. It was also rruly a formative experience for me as a future medical professional."

    SCU students can apply for the 2014-15 Internship Program until March 7. Applications for our Health Care Ethics Internship Program, in which SCU students learn about ethical dilemmas from physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, are available at the link. Deadline for 2014 is March 7, 2014.

  •  Improve Your Company's Ethical Performance

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 3:12 PM

    Registration is now open for "Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture." If you're looking for ways to improve the culture and performance of your company or team, join us for this free online self-paced course, that provides the knowledge and tools to help you create and sustain an ethical corporate culture.

    During this free online course, you'll learn:

    •    4 key approaches to building an ethical organization and culture

    •    10 tools for shaping your culture and keeping it strong

    •    how to anticipate and manage unavoidable challenges to an ethical culture

    •    the proven link between ethics, corporate culture, and business performance

    "Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture" is led by Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and one of the founders of the field of business ethics.  Kirk and other experts are availabe as a resource to answer any questions, and you'll also benefit from online interaction and discussion with your peers.

    This course can be taken separately, but also serves as a companion to "Business Ethics for the Real World," another Santa Clara University course offered on Canvas Network, with over 1,200 registered since it launched in October. No specific background or preparation is necessary.

     

  •  Helen Alvare on Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:47 AM

    Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism- Thursday February 6th, 7 pm

    Helen Alvare is one of the leading Catholic legal scholars in the United States. She comments frequently on some of the most significant contemporary issues, including the recent contraception and religious freedom debate between Catholic bishops and the Obama Administration. Professor Alvare teaches family law, law and religion, and property at George Mason University. She has written widely on legal matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, abortion, and the First Amendment religion clauses. A former spokeswoman on pro-life issues for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, she is currently chair of the Catholic Women's Forum, chair of the Task Force on Conscience Protection of the Witherspoon Institute, and an ABC news consultant.

    Join us on Twitter for Live tweeting of this event! Twitter: @mcaenews Event hashtag: #ethicswomen, and #conscienceproject.

    We are fortunate to present this program in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea. Also sponsored by The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

    Location: Arts & Sciences Building, The Wiegand Center, 7 pm

  •  Dalai Lama to Visit

    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 11:07 AM

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will visit Santa Clara University Feb. 24, 10 a.m., for a dialogue on Compassion, Business, and Ethics.  Tickets go on sale Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.  Lloyd Dean, CEO of Dignity Health, will join the Dalai Lama for this conversation.

    The event is sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. 

  •  Yiftee Sponsors The Big Q

    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    Starting this month, Bay Area startup Yiftee is promoting a dialogue about some of the tough ethical dilemmas facing undergraduates. The company will offer Yiftees—gifts redeemable at local merchants—for the first 20 students who comment on The Big Q, a biweekly, online conversation about ethical issues, sponsored by the Ethics Center.

    Yiftee co-founder Lori Laub, explains, “Yiftee is the easy and instant way to send thoughtful gifts at local shops and restaurants. We think ethics are so important we want to encourage more students to participate in this leading edge program and are proud to sponsor it. With Yiftee gifts we can provide a fun incentive for the students and support local businesses in one fell swoop.”

    If you think it’s easy being a college student, consider a few of the ethical issues the average undergraduate is confronting today:

    • Is the nonprescription use of cognitive enhancements such as Adderall the same as carrying a cheat sheet into a test?
    • Is it cyberstalking to monitor your “ex” on Facebook?
    • Should you pledge a fraternity that hazes its members?

    The Big Q, which launched in 2011, has had more than 200,000 pageviews, and comments from students from around the country, from Santa Clara to Columbia, from Berkeley to Maine College of the Arts. Ethics Center Assistant Director Miriam Schulman described the idea behind The Big Q and the partnership with Yiftee: “We asked ourselves, how can we get students to reflect on the very real ethical quandaries we know they face? Why not go where students are already engaged in conversation—the Internet?”

    The Big Q includes a blog, Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube playlist. “Since we’re an online project, Yiftee gifts, which are sent by smartphone or Web, seemed like a natural incentive for our participants,” Schulman said. “We’re so grateful to Yiftee for sponsoring this important conversation.”

    Yiftee gifts are the new way to acknowledge life’s special moments, in two minutes or less. Giftees instantly receive their Yiftee digital MasterCard vouchers on Facebook, email or text and stop by a local merchant to pick up their gift. Yiftee is social, local and mobile and a WIN-WIN-WIN for the business, gift giver and gift recipient. Available at www.yiftee.com and via free iPhone and Android app.

  •  Roy Bourgeois Speaks on Conscience and Consequences

    Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 5:12 PM

    Join us on Wednesday, January 29th, for our first Conscience Project speaker for the winter session. “A Struggle for Peace and Justice: A Story of Conscience and Its Consequences,” features guest speaker Roy Bourgeois, laicized Catholic Priest, and Founder, School of the Americas Watch. Bourgeois has been a prominent voice of conscience within Catholicism for decades. He was profoundly affected by the Vietnam War. In 1972, he was ordained a Maryknoll priest. He then worked among the poor of Bolivia until he was kicked out of the country by its-then dictator. Bourgeois was instrumental in founding the School of Americas Watch, an organization dedicated to shutting down the United States Army's School of the Americas because of the school's alleged training in techniques of repression of many officers of foreign military services. In 2012, he was dismissed by the Vatican from the Maryknoll order because of his support for the ordination of women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

  •  Philosophy Conference Highlights 21st Century Virtue

    Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 1:01 PM

    “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle

    Join us this Saturday, January 11th, for this day-long dynamic conference presented by the Santa Clara University Philosophy Department, in association with The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The theme is: "21st Century Virtue: Cultivating Character with New Technologies." Distinguished speakers include: Charles Ess, University of Oslo; Judith Simon, University of Vienna and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; John Sullins- Sonoma State University; and Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology. A wide range of topics will be featured, including:

    • Cultivating Selfhood and Democracy in a Mediated Age: Plato, McLuhan, and the
      Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns
    • Trustworthiness and Responsibility: Socio-Epistemic Virtues in a Digital Age
    • Humanity Out of the Loop: Autonomous Warfare and the Diminishing
      Role ofCharacter
    • The Ethical Implications of Detonating a Digital Etiquette Bomb


    Registration includes lunch and coffee. $25 Students $10. SCU Students, Faculty and Staff: Free
     

    RESOURCES

    EVENT FLYER (PDF):

    VIDEO: Digital Age Etiquette: Evan Selinger at TEDxFlourCity
    (Keynoter Evan Selinger presents a 7-minute video on some surprising and yet basic rules of online etiquette)

  •  Doing Right by You

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 4:43 PM

     It was a very good year, as you can see from the Center's annual report to its supporters, Doing Right by You.  In 2013, the Center developed and began to implement a new strategic plan, which Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson explains in his video message.  Highlights of our year include a new MOOC (Massive Online Course), the creation of several online communities, and the campaign: Give a Child a Book: Build Character for a Lifetime.  The report also provides updates on our online video series on Internet Ethics, our Health Care Ethics Internship, and many other programs.  

    We appreciate all of those who have made contributions to the Center to enable us to do this work.  If you would like to support the Center, you can make your gift online.