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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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  •  When is Speech Offensive?

    Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2011 4:21 PM

    Weigh in on the limits of free speech on a college campus.  The Center's Big Q project looks at the case of two students arguing about an anti-gay marriage poster.  Best student response to the case wins $50.


  •  The Big Q: Ethics for Undergraduates

    Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    A video contest ($500 prize), blog, polls, and more are part of The Big Q, a social media campagn designed as a place for students and the people who care about them to talk about the ethical issues undergraduates face in their own lives.

    The video contest, open from March 11-April 11, is seeking 2-5 minute videos from undergraduates that highlight one of the Big Qs in college. Examples might be: To cheat or not to cheat?  Is there anything wrong with friends with benefits? Is it okay to take Adderall to study?

    Beginning March 28, The Big Q blog will post a case each week drawn from narratives collected from 130 students at universities across the country about an ethical decision they faced in their own college experience.  A weekly poll will be tied to the case and will give students a chance to see how others approach the issues.

    Students can also share their own big questions on the project's Facebook wall.

  •  Research Grants Awarded

    Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 9:55 AM
    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics made the following awards of Hackworth Research Grants to Santa Clara Unversity faculty and students:
    Thomas Plante, SCU Psychology, $5,000 for a project called, "Ten Years of Crisis: What the Catholic Church Has Learned and Done to Prevent Clergy Sex Abuse Since Dallas." Professor Plante has already published extensively on the ethical and psychological dimensions of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church in the United States. His new project, which will feature a conference at SCU and a book that is already under contract, will explore the response to the crisis, which exploded in Boston in 2002 and which has reverberated throughout the Catholic Church since.
    Laura Robinson, SCU Sociology, $5,000 for a project called, "The Ethical Implications of Politicized Victimhood: Moral Accounting and Spheres of Moral Concern." Professor Robinson will be using the grant to complete her book manuscript, "Negotiating 9/11." In that work, she examines the "ethical implications of politicizing victimhood by analyzing competing conceptions of worthy and unworthy victimhood articulated in response to September 11, 2001, and the Iraq War." She compares such competing conceptions by analyzing a huge body of data from the United States, France, and Brazil.
    James Caparas-Hardwick, SCU School of Law, $1,000 for a project called "Who is Responsible for the Elderly: A Cross-Cultural Comparison." Mr. Hardwick will be using the grant to help allay costs associated with a trip to El Salvador with other law students and Professor Cynthia Mertens. While there, he will be speaking with Salvadoran lawyers and caregivers who work with the elderly. His paper will compare the legal regimen governing responsibility for the elderly in El Salvador with that in the United States.
    Cheri Kramer, SCU School of Law, $500 for a project called "Legal and Ethical Considerations on the Use of Targeted Killing Outside of War." Ms. Kramer will use the grant money for materials and costs related to a trip to Washington, D.C., to interview key federal officials on the legal and ethical questions associated with the deliberate killing of alleged terrorists by agents of the United States Government in a context, as prevails in the world today, where in legal terms it is debatable if a state of war exists. Ms. Kramer is working with Professor David Sloss of the SCU School of Law faculty.
    Danielle Locklar, SCU '11, Kelli Oura, SCU '11, and Lauren Reinnoldt, SCU '11, $1,000 for support for the ethics section of a project called "New Design for Haiti." As senior civil engineering students, Ms. Locklar, Ms. Oura, and Ms. Reinnoldt are working with Professor Reynaud Serrette on a Senior Design Project to devise a durable, low-cost single-family home for use in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake. In particular, the grant money will be used to support the work of the team on the required ethics component of the Senior Design Project; in this part of the project, students are to justify in ethical terms why they are engaging in their particular project and to explain such things as the moral reasoning behind trade-offs they encounter in the course of construction or the selection of supplies or the scaling of the project for future use.

  •  Best Blogs

    Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 1:36 PM

    Two of the Center's blogs were among the top 50 ethics blogs, a list compiled by the Guide to Online Schools.

    The Technological Citizen, by one of last year's Hackworth Fellows, Courtney Meehan, was named not only one of the best blogs on ethics and technology but one of the top five ethics blogs in all categories.

    Her Honor, a blog about local government ethics by Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, made the list of best blogs on political ethics. 

  •  Gender and Culture in India

    Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 10:02 AM

    A stint working at the Aarti Home orphanage in India inspires recent SCU graduate Sarah Bradley to reflect on the role of gender in Indian culture. 

    "There's a very different gender dynamic in India, which, from a Western perspective, seems incredibly paradoxical," she reports. "The oppression of women is evident in India while at the same time, I've never witnessed so much respect for women.

    "The mere existence of Aarti Home and the Vijay Foundation Trust illustrates that women are disadvantaged-families would rather have male children. Most of the orphans dumped on the home's doorstep are baby girls and there are millions of female babies aborted and killed after birth every year. This occurs because men are much more valued by families who see them as a net gain--the boy will become a man, gain a wife and often a dowry, and contribute to family income. Though contributing through work at home and receiving an education to then pass on to siblings, women will ultimately detract from family wealth due to the culturally necessary dowry and by leaving the family to join that of her husband."

    Bradley went to India with help from a Hackworth grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.  Funded by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth, Hackworth grants support student and faculty research on issues in applied ethics.

  •  Honoring our Donors

    Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 10:46 AM

    Andrew and Beverly Honzel of Lake Oswego Oregon are long-time supporters of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.  They have supported many programs in bioethics, including research on personalized medicine, medical decision making for patients in the care of public conservators, and culturally competent care. 

    In addition, the Honzels funded the John Courtney Murray SJ University Professorship in Social Ethics.  They are pictured here with Kirk O. Hanson, Center executive director, who holds that professorship.

  •  In Memoriam: Barbara Caulfield

    Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 3:53 PM

    The Ethics Center mourns the passing of Barbara Caulfield, a member of the Center's Advisory Board.  Caulfield was a partner at the law firm Kaye Scholer, and an expert in complex intellectual property litigation for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  Formerly, she was a United States District Judge in the Northern District of California.  Caulfield served on the Center Advisory Board's Program Committee.

  •  Center Advisory Board Chair Honored

    Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 8:30 AM

    Michael Hackworth, chairman of the Board of Directors and company co-founder of Cirrus Logic, and his wife, Joan, received the "Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award"  from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

    Michael Hackworth, a longtime member and now chair of the Center's Advisory Board, and Joan Hackworth received the honor based on "impeccable ethics, business excellence and community engagement."

    Two Center programs are named for the Hackworths, whose contributions support applied ethics research and peer-to-peer programs for undergraduates.  They are pictured here with Hackworth Fellow Meghan Skarzynski, an SCU senior who is planning a variety of activities about business ethics for her classmates in the Business School.

  •  Sports Ethics Fellow Named

    Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 3:03 PM

    Jack Penner, a sophomore Public Health major at SCU, has been awarded the Denise and John York/49ers Foundation Fellowship in Sports Ethics at the Ethics Center. 

    As a fellow, Penner is working on the Center's upcoming conference, "Thinking Ethically About MRSA," a program on the virulent, antibiotic-resistant skin disease that has become a problem in sports because it is spread by skin-to-skin and skin-to-equipment contact.  The event, Oct. 14, is also supported by Denise and John York and the 49ers Foundation.

    Penner is on the SCU Student Athletic Advisory Committee and is a member of the men's water polo team.

  •  Welcome Mark Poorman

    Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 12:11 PM

    From University of Notre Dame, Fr. Mark Poorman, CSC joins the Center as a visiting scholar this fall.  Poorman, an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame,  served as the university's vice president for student affairs for more than 10 years.