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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 11:19 AM
Last year, actress Angelina Jolie decided on a double mastectomy after learning she had a gene disposing her to breast cancer. Her story is one instance of what is happening to many who, with the benefit of new gene-identifying tools, are having to confront hard personal and ethical questions about medical treatment in the aftermath of genetic diagnoses.
This panel of SCU scholars will explore the ethical, medical, communication, gender, and biological aspects of such scenarios. Laura Ellingson, SCU Communications, Angel Islas, SCU Biology, and Karen Peterson-Iyer, SCU Religious Studies, are the panelists.
This Health & Science Horizons Program is sponsored by Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in partnership with the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship.
Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 9:10 AM
Santa Clara University will hold its first ever one-day online giving challenge on Wednesday, April 23, with a goal of
1,001 people making a donation in 24 hours. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is thrilled to announce the first ever "Levy Ethics Challenge." A very generous couple, Dick and Sue Levy, have made a $100,000 Challenge to match - dollar for dollar - all gifts to the Ethics Center from April 23 through June 30th.
Your gift will empower the Ethics Center staff to:
- Bring great speakers from around the globe who illuminate current issues in ethics. So far this year, gifts from donors enabled us to present over 30 speakers and panelists. Contributions also helped us to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in February, while an additional gift enabled us to livestream the event.
- Increase our online presence. This year, over 2.8 million people visited our website for guidance in solving ethical issues and for materials to teach ethics to students of all ages. Another 2,000 signed up for our Massive Open Online Course in business ethics, and we look forward to expanding even further.
- Provide internships and fellowships in health care ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, and more. We have over 240 alumni of these programs, and they report that their experience here provided them with the knowledge and the courage to make ethical decisions in all aspects of their lives.
Your investment is crucial! Thank you in advance for making your All In for SCU gift to the Ethics Center
on April 23 here.
Please join the conversation on social media with #allinforscu, and use this hashtag
whenever you make a donation!
Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 3:56 PM
Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Santa Clara University, and author of the bestseller "What Investors Really Want," presents. The financial crisis of 2008 intensified a debate over "who deserves what and why" in terms of income and wealth. On such matters, financial professionals on Wall Street tend to hold views different from economic actors on Main Street. But how does a society go about arriving at common assumptions that span the divide between Wall Street and Main Street -- about fairness, income, and wealth? Professor Statman will be sharing his latest research in this crucial area of behavioral finance.
Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 12:10 PM
What is the effect of music on our ethical sensibilities and judgments? Concerns about such matters go back to the Greek philosophers and continue into the present day. SCU music faculty will share pieces of music and offer reflections on how those pieces have influenced them ethically. Presenters and performers include SCU Music faculty: John Kennedy, Bruno Ruviaro, and Christina Zanfagna.
Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 4:47 PM
Event Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue | 14th Floor | Palo Alto, CA 94301
Please respond by Monday, April 14, to Monica Schreiber at email@example.com or 650.470.4627.
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. | Seminar: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
California CLE credit will be offered. This program has been approved for one hour of general substantive credit and .5 hours of ethics credit.
As companies face increased regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and around the world, our panelists will address the most effective strategies for handling — and successfully resolving — government inquiries and internal investigations of all types and magnitude. Please join us for this interactive discussion. Our panelists from Skadden, KPMG, Visa Inc. and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will employ hypotheticals and real-world examples to provide in-house counsel with the tools — legal, business and ethical — to handle the thorniest investigations.
•First principles of investigatory work
•Working with internal and external auditors
•Liaising with law enforcement and engaging outside counsel
•Handling whistleblower and other "hotline" complaints
•Responding to governmental subpoenas and informal requests for information
•Special considerations raised by cross-border investigations
•Benefits and burdens of voluntary disclosures and "cooperation"
•Common ethical issues with internal investigations
Jack P. DiCanio, Litigation, Government Enforcement Skadden
George Dooley, Chief Audit Executive, Visa Inc.
John Ebner, Audit Partner, KPMG
William Haegele, Forensic Partner, KPMG
Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
Ryan D. Junck, Litigation, Government Enforcement Skadden
James F. Brelsford, Skadden of counsel and former Chief Legal Officer at SanDisk Corp.
Please respond by Monday, April 14, to Monica Schreiber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.470.4627.
Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 3:44 PM
On Wednesday, April 9, the Santa Clara University is hosting its second annual “Sprinksgiving,” a student-centered event designed to raise awareness about how philanthropy benefits the entire University. Sprinksgiving is about giving thanks for donations from alumni and friends that provide critical support for the SCU student experience, from scholarships and immersion trips to new buildings and operating budgets.
Student interns, fellows, and workers from the Ethics Center will be there too, taking a moment to say “thanks” for the opportunities they have had because of our generous donors. Contributors to the Ethics Center have supported Health Care Ethics Interns, Environmental Fellows, Hackworth Fellows, Honzel Fellows, and provided students with meaningful work. With donor support, we have launched new initiatives in each of our program areas, such as the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Business Ethics, Newsworthy in our Character Education program, and the Conscience Project in Campus Ethics. Grateful, too, are the thousands of students, in our region and across the globe, who have benefited from this work.
Anna Kozas '09 was a health care ethics intern, went on to hold the Honzel Fellowship in Health Care Ethics, and is now the bioethics program assistant at the Center. "Being a part of the Health Care Ethics Internship made a huge impact on my life," she said. "It played a role in my own career discernment and was a major part of who I am today."
Patrick Coutermarsh '13, a former Hackworth Fellow, initated the Center's participation in the national Ethics Bowl program. Currently, he serves as a fellow in applied ethics. "My time with the Markkula Center, as both a student and Fellow, has been a truly transformative experience," he said. "I am deeply grateful to those that support the Markkula Center and allow it to be the special place that it is."
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 1:35 PM
*Event Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Paul Brest Hall-EAST (next to Stanford Law School)
Rock Center for Corporate Governance
7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast
Board resolve can be critical to the development of an effective ethical culture -- defined as the values that inform the behavior toward the organization's stakeholders. Features of an ethical culture will be examined, along with its value to the bottom line, company brand and reputation. Examples of effective board involvement will also be explored, that still hold management responsible for operational execution and performance.
*Jim Balassone, executive-in-residence, directs the business ethics programs for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University. Jim works with corporate boards, executive teams and nonprofit advisory boards on business ethics challenges, organizational obstacles to ethical behavior, and campaigns to improve ethical culture. His business career spans IBM, Hitachi Data Systems and several hi-tech start-ups.
Steve Gomo has served as a director of SanDisk since 2005. He was CFO from 2002 until his retirement in 2011 at NetApp, Inc., a storage and data management company. He was also CFO of Gemplus International S.A. from 2000 to 2002, Asera, Inc. in 2000 and Silicon Graphics, Inc. from 1998 to 2000. Previously, Steve spent 24 years at Hewlett-Packard Company serving in various finance, financial management, manufacturing and general management positions.
Penny Herscher leads FirstRain with a passion for growing companies in new markets. As CEO since 2005, she has transformed FirstRain into the leading provider of solutions that find and transform high-value, business web content into actionable intelligence for marketing, sales and finance professionals around the globe. Prior to FirstRain, Penny was CEO of Simplex Solutions, an electronic design automation company serving the global semiconductor industry. Penny serves on the boards of JDSU and Rambus.
Chris Kenber is a native of the UK and a graduate of Oxford University. Chris has had a 40-year career in sales, marketing and management, the last 20 as a CEO of public and private companies. Starting his career at IBM in the UK, Chris moved to the USA to launch IBM's entry into retail and supermarket point of sale, helping to grow this business to more than half a billion in sales. Chris has been an inside director of a number of private health care and related institutions in both the US and UK.
Catherine Lego is the founder of Lego Ventures LLC, a consulting services firm for early stage technology companies formed in 1992. From 1999 to 2009, she was the general partner of The Photonics Fund, LLP, an early stage venture capital investment firm focused on investing in components, modules and systems companies for the fiber optics telecommunications market, which she founded. She currently serves on the boards of directors at SanDisk and Lam Research.
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 12:38 PM
Join us on Thursday, April 3 at the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences (CTNS) Public Forum with Brian Green, a recent Graduate of Theological Union Ph.D. and Assistant Director of Campus Ethics at Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.) His presentation is entitle: "What Science Can and Cannot Say about Ethics"
Free and open to the public
Dinner Board Room, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 11:31 AM
THURSDAY APRIL 10
ST. CLARE ROOM, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
The advent of Big Data, enabled in part by the proliferation of cheap sensors and data-storing devices, presents us with new forms of tackling social problems, from obesity to climate change. While some celebrate the virtues of self-tracking, others laud the benefits of automating certain parts of the political process through "algorithmic regulation." Evgeny Morozov will discuss some of the ethical implications of these new problem-solving mechanisms, situating them within a much longer history of using cybernetic technologies for the purposes of self-regulation.
Morozov is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of two books: "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom," and "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism." A recent New York Times article describes him as the “most prominent, most multiplatformed critic of the utopian promises coming from Silicon Valley.”
From 2010 through 2012, Morozov was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. He had previously been a fellow at Georgetown University and at the Open Society Foundations. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and numerous other publications; in addition, his monthly column for the online magazine Slate is syndicated in El Pais, Corriere della Sera, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Folha de S.Paulo and several other newspapers. Morozov is currently pursuing a PhD in the history of science.
Co-Sponsored by Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Commonwealth Club of California, Silicon Valley Chapter.
Reception to follow.
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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 10:35 AM
REGISTER FOR OUR APRIL 15TH APP LAUNCH RECEPTION!
Facing a difficult decision—one where you don’t know the right thing to do? Well, get out your phone because the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University has just released the iPhone app, “Ethical Decision Making: A Practical Tool for Thinking Through Tough Choices.”
The free app guides users through a step-by-step process, which begins by getting the facts and identifying the stakeholders in the situation. Then it takes users through five classic ethical approaches—Utility, Rights, Justice, Common Good, and Virtue—posing questions such as “Does this action produce the most good and do the least harm for all who are affected?” and “Does this action treat people equally or proportionally?” Finally, users weight the different approaches and get a score that indicates whether their thinking is on the right track or whether they should evaluate another option.
The app draws on the Ethics Center’s popular “Framework for Ethical Decision Making,” which has been online for almost 20 years and viewed more than a million times. Apple co-founder A.C. “Mike” Markkula Jr., who chaired the Center’s Advisory Board when the Framework was developed, commented, "It's like magic! The new "Ethical Decision Making" app turns the center's classic ‘Framework’ into an interactive assistant right in your hand—amazing!"
As Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson explains, “The Center has always believed that we need a deliberate method to make good ethical decisions. We’ve used the Framework for many years, and we’re delighted to offer it in a new medium that may be particularly attractive to a new generation.”
A party celebrating the app launch will take place April 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus. Markkula and Hanson will offer comments. Join us for refreshments and a demo of “Ethical Decision Making.”
Follow us on Twitter: #ethicsapp