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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."
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.
Thursday, May. 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 3:00 PM
A timeline of Center milestones from the past 25 years shows highlights of the Center's history including:
- Development of the Framework for Ethical Decision Making
- Ethics, Courts, and the Mass Media conference
- Partnership with the Tech Museum on integrating ethics into exhibits
- Access, Internet, and Public Libraries report to the Santa Clara County Library System
- Receipt of the Helen Putnam Award for a program on campaign ethics with the city of Santa Clara
- Ethics Camp
- Sports Law and Ethics Symposium
and many other activities and events.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:00 AM
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is sponsoring an expanded Ethics Center Colloquium organized by Kirk Hanson, Aine Donovan, and Noah Pickus, executive directors of the ethics centers at Santa Clara University, Dartmouth College, and Duke University. The colloquium will feature discussions of the mission, programs, structure, funding, and strategic challenges of centers, as well as potential cooperative relationships.
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 3:39 PM
The Ethics Center welcomes Carol Mayer Marshall, John Smedley, and Don Watters to its Advisory Board.
Mayer 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.
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.
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).
Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2012 4:28 PM
Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and author of the Washington Post Blog "This Catholic's View," Tom Reese, S.J., returns to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics this summer as a distinguished visiting scholar.
The former editor of America magazine, is the author of a trilogy examining Catholic Church organization and politics on the local, national, and international levels.