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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.

  •  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.  

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  •  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

     

  •  Celebrate Our Twenty-fifth Anniversary

    Thursday, May. 2, 2013 1:00 PM

     Please join us for an open house to celebrate the Ethics Center's first 25 years of work, May 9, 4-6 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus.

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  •  The Disconnect: Accountability and Consequences Online

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 4:00 PM

    Do we need more editorial control on the Web? In this brief clip, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Seagate Technology, Stephen Luczo, argues that we do.  He also cautions that digital media channels sometimes unwittingly lend a gloss of credibility to stories that don't deserve it.  Luczo sees this as a symptom of a broader breakdown between responsibility, accountability, and consequences in the online world.

    Luczo's remarks are part of the video series "Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley."  Responding to them is Chad Raphael, Chair of the Communications Department and Associate Professor at Santa Clara University.

  •  Catholic Heroes of Conscience

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    Catherine Wolff shares from her book, Not Less Than Everything, which features vivid stories by contemporary writers on Catholic heroes who appealed to conscience often in the face of the intense opposition of Catholic authorities, May 8, noon-1 p.m., Weigand Center, Arts & Sciences Building, Santa Clara University.

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  •  Ethics for the Real World

    Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    The work of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics spans business ethics, bioethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, and Internet ethics, as well as addressing topic areas such as immigration, conscience, and sustainability.  For a closer look at the Center's activities, see our new brochure, Ethics for the Real World.