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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.

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  •  Sustainable Development in Ghana

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    What kind of housing will suit the needs of people who live in an almost treeless area of Ghana where The annual income per capita is less than $100?

    For the past four years, students at Santa Clara University have developed the "Catenary Arch" design, building an office, library, and house in Gambibgo, Ghana.  This arch structure is comprised of blocks made of local soil arranged in an arch and covered in a plaster. The structure has no need for zinc or timber, is highly durable, and requires little maintenance.

    With a Hackworth Research Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, SCU seniors Nathan Rogers and Matt Jensen undertook an evaluation of the project to insure that its goals are ethical and that it is carried out in an ethical fashion.  Their report explores the virtues of a good engineer and the issues of informed consent when working with a largely illiterate population.

  •  Innovator of the Year to Speak

    Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 4:35 PM

    Join us Monday, Oct. 17 for a talk by Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Energy, on "Ethics, Innovation, and Running a Green Company."

    Surace was listed as one of the top 15 innovators of this decade by CNBC, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward and awarded Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

  •  A New Design for Haiti

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    After the earthquake in Haiti, housing became a critical need for people who had lost homes in the disaster. With help from a Hackworth Research Grant from the Ethics Center, one of Santa Clara University's senior design teams worked with SCU Professor Reynaud Serrette to construct an easily replicable, safe, and modular house as a possible solution to the systematic housing problems.

    The SCU School of Engineering requires all senior design teams to provide an ethical explanation and justification for their projects.  Kelli Oura, Danielle Locklar, and Lauren Reinnoldt, all Civil Engineering seniors at Santa Clara University, analyzed the ethical importance of their project, the engineering virtues it referenced, and the difficulties of implementation in their article.

    Hackworth Grants are awarded twice yearly to Santa Clara University students and faculty doing work in applied ethics.  The grants are supported by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth. 

  •  Environmental Ethics: What Does "Call of the Wild" Have to Teach Us?

    Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 3:50 PM

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Jack London's Call of the Wild, the Ethics Center, the de Saisset Museum, and the California Legacy Project sponsored a reading and reflections on the novel, especially as it pertains to sustainability and the value of wilderness.  Read the remarks and listen to the preentation.

  •  A Case on Ethics and Sourcing

    Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 3:47 PM

    A company needs to buy T-shirts for a promotion.  Should they purchase inexpensive shirts from China, where they don't know  the wages and working conditions of the employees or the quality of the fabric?  Or should they buy from a local, worker- and eco-friendly T-shirt vendor at a much higher cost?

    Meghan Skarzynski, an SCU senior and Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, created the case, "Easy on the Wallet or Easy on the Earth?" to illustrate the dilemma.