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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.

  •  How Corporate Ethics Codes Are Changing

    Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 10:00 AM

     Jay Mumford, vice president of the Ethisphere Institute, talks about three generations of ethics codes and how corporate codes have changed form over time.  He is interviewed by Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson.

  •  Welcome Brian Green

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 3:44 PM

    Brian Green is the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' new assistant director of campus ethics programs. His responsibilities include guest lecturing on ethics in various campus courses, reviewing and evaluating the Hackworth grant program, researching various topics in ethics including Catholic teaching on conscience, assisting coordinating campus ethics speakers, and working with the Hackworth and Environmental Ethics Fellows. He is also an adjunct professor teaching ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering.

    Brian's background includes doctoral and master's degrees in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Davis, in genetics. Between college and graduate school he served for two years in the Jesuit Volunteers International teaching high school in the Marshall Islands. His research interests include human nature and ethics, Catholic natural law, ethics of technology, and various aspects of the impact of technology and engineering on human life.

  •  Companies' Obligations in a World of Cyber Attacks

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 10:00 AM

     Ken Baylor, an expert on cybersecurity, outlines the dangers facing companies from security breaches.  Baylor, the vice president for research at NSS, talks with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson about some of the ethical issues that arise as more and more companies are subjected to cyber attacks.

  •  Caught in the Middle

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 10:00 AM

     A student must decide whether to tell his friend's girlfriend that he's cheating on her in the most recent case study on everyday ethical dilemmas confronted by college students.  

    The case is part of The Big Q, an online dialog on typical ethical issues facing undergraduates.  Students from more than 100 different universities follow The Big Q.



  •  New Ethics Center Advisory Board Members

    Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 3:39 PM

     The Ethics Center welcomes Carol Mayer Marshall, John Smedley, and Don Watters to its Advisory Board.


    CarolMarshallMayer Marshall is a community activist with extensive government and private sector experience.  She was the third highest ranking woman in the Nixon Administration.  She also served as Congressional relations director, director of VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps), and superintendent of the San Francisco Mint.  A member of the California Bar, she established a consulting firm for nonprofits.  In addition to the Ethics Center's board, she serves on many nonprofit boards.

    John_SmedleySmedley is president of Sony Online Entertainment LLC, where he oversees the company's overall vision and growth.  He has more than a decade of experience experience in the interactive entertainment industry, including positions with ATG, Knight Technologies and five years with Sony Online Entertainment as Director of Development.  He was also instrumental in the creation and development of the original, groundbreaking EverQuest® (EQ), and was co-founder of Verant Interactive Inc., which became Sony Online Entertainment after it was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2000.
    DonWattersWatters is a director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. He served primarily private sector clients in nearly 20 different industries on issues of strategy, organization and operations. In the late 1980’s, he led the team that opened McKinsey’s Silicon Valley Office. His board memberships have included: Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Tech Museum, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley (Chair), American Leadership Forum National (Chair), United Way of Silicon Valley (Chair) and the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (President). 
  •  How the State Legislature Impacts Local Governments

    Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 1:00 PM

     As someone who has served  on a school board, city council, board of supervisors, and in the state assembly and senate, Joe Simitian has the experience to comment on how various levels of government can work together more effectively.  

    At a recent meeting of the Center's Public Sector Forum, Simitian offered some guiding principles for local officials working with the state legislature.  He argued that empathy is an important characteristic for politicians as it allows them to imagine the constraints and difficulties of another official's position.

  •  The Nexus of Law and Ethics

    Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    Joe Grundfest, former SEC commissioner and Stanford professor, argued that the key to ethical decision making mostly lies in the determination of what is "smart," when he spoke to a recent meeting of the Center's Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership.  

    Read about his debate with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson, who countered, "We ethicists have to raise an objection. As a business executive, to say something is not smart "from a self-interested, capitalist view, I am not going to be sensitive to all the ethical questions that I may face. I'm going to miss many more of these that you claim are not smart, because I'm not asking the ethical question" as it relates to all of the stakeholders involved in the decision.

  •  Instagram and the Ethics of Privacy

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 3:30 PM

    Join the debate on Instagram's privacy policy, which states, "You hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post. "

    Students from Santa Clara University are engaged in a global dialog on this and other business ethics issues with students at Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines and Loyola Institute of Business Administration in India.  You are invited to share your thought on this or the previous case on who was responsible for a terrible factory fire in Bangladesh.  

  •  Maintaining an Ethical Culture in a High Performance Organization

    Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 5:10 PM

    Hitachi CEO Jack Domme will speak on "Maintaining an Ethical Culture in a High Performance Organization," Feb. 20, noon, in the Wiegand Center, Arts and Sciences Building, Santa Clara University.

  •  Character Education in Bering Straits

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 11:16 AM

    While people may not all agree on values or what is most important, rarely will people disagree that respect, responsibility, self-­control, integrity, and effort are important values that shape our character and ultimately our destinies.

    The Bering Straits School District in Alaska has adopted the Ethics Center's high school, language arts curriculum (Character Based Literacy), which combines classic and contemporary American, world, government, and Alaskan literature with a research-­based framework that allows students to explore these values, thoughts, and skills in context with their own unique culture. Students are meeting the state’s grade-­level expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and social studies with this enriching curriculum.

    Saint Michael students at Anthony A. Andrews School have been enjoying using both art and technology to enhance their language arts learning experiences. After reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, high school students created brochures that showcased their research skills and understanding of the Great Depression and other social issues that they had been learning about.

    Other students were simultaneously reading Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis, also a novel that is set during the Great Depression. Students created a word wall that highlighted the vocabulary that they were learning and a timeline that tracked the novel’s main events. Students listened to famous jazz musicians from the Great Depression and Harlem Renaissance and discussed poetry from Langston Hughes, all in context with one of the novel’s themes: Change Requires Effort.

    All high school students contributed to a rock-­wall poster that they will proudly hang in their school hallway. Each student created 10-­15 rocks of various sizes, shapes, and colors. On each rock students wrote a positive character trait that was being exhibited by a character in the novel that they were reading.