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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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  •  Historic Dalai Lama Visit Enthralls Audiences

    Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 1:08 PM

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Santa Clara University on Feb 24 to deliver a message of compassion and empathy in business to an audience of more than 4,000. The Dalai Lama was joined by the CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, for "Business, Ethics, and Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama." The event was cosponsored by two of the country’s premier institutes for the study of ethics and compassion—SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Wide press coverage and extensive social media sharing made this a historic event.

    Read Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson’s article on what the Dalai Lama
    Teaches Silicon Valley

    View the video

  •  Fostering Conscience and Moral Character Through Classroom Teaching

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 10:42 AM

    Darcia Narvaez will speak on Wednesday, March 12, 5 pm, Williman Room, Benson Center. Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at University of Notre Dame, and one of the leading scholars in the country on moral education. Her research explores questions of moral cognition, moral development and moral character education. She is author or editor of four award winning books: "Postconventional Moral Thinking"; "Moral Development, Self and Identity"; "Handbook of Moral and Character Education;" and "Personality, Self and Identity." She is also editor of the Journal of Moral Education.

    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.

    Join us on Twitter for live tweeting of the event as well!

    @mcaenews Event hashtag: #ethicsclass #conscienceproject

     

     

  •  Glowing Plants and DIY Biotech

    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 4:01 PM

    A panel discussion on the scientific, business, legal, and ethical promise and peril of do-it-yourself biotech, on February 27th, 12 noon.
    LOCATION: Bannan Hall, Room 142

    Speakers:
    *Antony Evans, MBA, Co-founder and CEO, Glowing Plant
    *Drew Endy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Stanford University
    *Linda Kahl, PhD/JD, Legal Program Director, The BioBricks Foundation, Stanford University
    *Brian Green, PhD, Assistant Director of Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and School of Engineering, Santa Clara University

    This event is co-sponsored by the Biotech Law Group at SCU Law and Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

    LIVE TWEET WITH US! Follow @mcaenews #ethicsglow

  •  Confessions of a Recovering Data Broker

    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 3:08 PM

    TUESDAY FEB 25TH
    noon-1 pm
    Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences Bldg

    Jim Adler speaks and writes about the intersection of technology and policy -- specifically privacy, big data, social media, consumer protections, and voting. Adler is Vice President of Products at Metanautix and previously worked at Inome. He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

    Sponsored by The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

    Live tweet this event with us! Follow @MCAENews #ethicsadler

  •  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

  •  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

  •  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)