Santa Clara University

Markkula Ethics Center Lecture Series, 2003

Catholic Judges and the Death Penalty
November 13, 2003

The Ethics of Ethical Advice: Confessions of an Ethical Advisor
May 14, 2003

"Cleaning Up the Oceans: A Global Ethical Challenge"
April 29, 2003


"Cleaning Up the Oceans: A Global Ethical Challenge" [listen to audio][read transcript]
April 29, 2003

The world's oceans are in crisis. Everyone shares the world's oceans -- and no one is in charge of cleaning up pollution, restricting wasteful fishing practices, or ensuring the health of the many species of marine life that inhabit the open oceans. The result is a crisis of the commons: Some species of fish and marine mammals are being fished and killed at such rates that whole populations may crash.
Within the 200 mile band of coastal waters in the U.S. "exclusive economic zone," federal and local governments have some control. But in order to protect existing species and restore those in danger of extinction, many measures are needed -- law, regulation, and political leadership.

That coastal zone is the focus of a new report -- the first independent review of marine policy in 30 years -- to be produced by the Pew Oceans Commission. The commission's report will be presented to Congress later in 2003. At roughly the same time, a government commission will present its review of coastal marine management. These historic reviews of marine policy may produce change -- but only if policy makers can get past the difficult ethical questions involved in deciding who will pay the costs of cleanup and protection, and how to ensure that protection measures taken in the 200-mile zone are matched by measures to protect the open oceans, where no single agency or country is in charge.

Speaker: Leon Panetta chairs the Pew Oceans Commission, an independent group of American leaders conducting a national dialogue on the policies needed to restore and protect living Marine resources in U.S. waters. Panetta, who served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, directs the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at the University of California at Monterey Bay.

Respondent: Robert J. Wilder - director of conservation programs, Pacific Whale Foundation, and a distinguished lecturer and visiting scholar at U.C. Santa Cruz. Wilder is author of Listening to the Sea: The Politics of Improving Environmental Protection.

Respondent: Pietro Parravano - a member of the Pew Oceans Commission is a Half Moon Bay fisherman and fisheries policy leader. He also is founder and president of the Institute for Fisheries Resources, and a board member of the Marine Conservation Network.

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The Ethics of Ethical Advice: Confessions of an Ethical Advisor [listen to audio][read transcript]
May 14, 2003

Karen Lebacqz, Professor of Theological Ethics, Pacific School of Religion, has served on the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects; as a consultant to the director of health for the state of California; as a member of the ELSI-based Genome Project at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Theology and Natural Sciences; and as a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of Geron Corp, a biotechnology company.

Dr. Lebacqz will reflect on the promises and pitfalls of professional ethicists' involvement in both public and private decision making.

Supported by a gift from New York Life Insurance Company in honor of William Regan III.


Catholic Judges and the Death Penalty
November 13, 2003

John T. Noonan Jr., judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and eminent scholar of Catholic moral theology, will reflect on "Catholic Judges and the Death Penalty" as the fall quarter Regan Lecturer, Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m., in the de Saisset Museum on the Santa Clara University Campus.

Noonan, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Catholic University, has long been interested in the relationship between religion and government. He is the author of The Lustre of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom (University of California Press, 1998).

Noonan is the recipient of seven honorary doctor of law degrees. He has served on the Ninth Circuit since 1985.

Previously, he practiced law with the National Security Council (1954-55) and Herrick Smith Donald Farley & Ketchum (1955-60).

Noonan has also been a professor of law at Notre Dame University and U.C.-Berkeley, as well as a visiting professor at Stanford University, UCLA, and Harvard University.

The lecture is made possible by a gift from New York Life Insurance Company in honor of William Regan III.