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President's Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the President’s Speaker Series is a forum that brings eminent leaders to Santa Clara, providing our students, faculty, and the community an opportunity for intellectual rigor, critical thinking, reflection, and dialogue.

Santa Clara Lecture Series

The Santa Clara Lecture Series is sponsored by the Bannan Institute, which is committed to examining Catholic identity and Jesuit character.

Ethics at Noon

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors the Ethics at Noon lecture series. These lunch-hour programs provide a forum for SCU faculty members and other experts to explore ethical issues in many fields.

de Saisset Museum

The museum offers several lectures and programs based on current exhibitions.

Ethics at Noon

Apr 8, 2014
noon - 1:00 p.m.
Vari Hall, The Wiegand Center

Can a Business Have a Conscience? Reflections on the Moral Responsibility of Corporations


An exploration of the moral responsibilities of corporations and corporate conscience, by Manuel Velasquez, Charles J. Dirksen Professor of Management, Santa Clara University.

There is little dispute that an individual has a conscience, understood as a capacity for moral awareness and judgment. But what about a collection of individuals organized into a business? Such questions have gained in importance due to concerns over whether a corporation can be considered a "person," and whether a business must provide insurance coverage for practices to which its owners have religious objections (the Hobby Lobby case). Professor Velasquez, one of the top business ethicists in the country, has written on the personhood of corporations, and will offer insights on this new shape of this vexing issue.

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!


Event hashtag: #ethicscorp, or #conscienceproject

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David DeCosse
Ethics at Noon
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