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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

April 2014 Newsletter   

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APP LAUNCH PARTY

Attend the launch party for our new app, “Ethical Decision Making,” April 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Markkula Ethics Center, Arts & Sciences Building. Enjoy refreshments and a live demo of this unique app, which guides users through five classic approaches to ethical problem-solving: Utility, Rights, Justice, Common Good, and Virtue.
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CAN A BUSINESS HAVE A CONSCIENCE?
TUESDAY, APRIL 8

There is little dispute that an individual has a conscience, understood as a capacity for moral awareness and judgment. But what about a collection of individuals organized into a business? You’re invited to an exploration of the moral responsibilities of corporations by Manuel Velasquez, Charles J. Dirksen Professor of Management, SCU.
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BIG DATA: SMALL POLITICS 
THURSDAY APRIL 10

Evgeny Morozov discusses algorithmic regulation and its pitfalls.  The advent of Big Data presents new forms of tackling social problems, from obesity to climate change. Morozov, author of To Save Everything, Click Here, will discuss the ethical implications of these new problem-solving mechanisms.
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INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16

Companies are facing increased regulatory scrutiny, resulting in greater need for strategies to resolve government inquiries. Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson and panelists offer hypotheticals and real-world examples to provide attendees with the legal, business, and ethical tools to handle investigations.
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Palo Alto, CA
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FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS, FAIRNESS, AND CULTURE
THURSDAY APRIL 24

How does society arrive at common assumptions that span the divide between Wall Street and Main Street, particularly concerning fairness, income, and wealth? Professor Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at SCU, presents his latest research in this crucial area of behavioral finance. He discusses the tug-of-war over values in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
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CANCER, GENES, AND THE ANGELINA JOLIE CASE
TUESDAY MAY 6

SCU scholars explore the ethical aspects of medical treatment, such as Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a mastectomy, in the aftermath of genetic diagnoses. Laura Ellingson, Communications, Angel Islas, Biology, and Karen Peterson-Iyer, Religious Studies, are panelists.
This Health & Science Horizons Program is sponsored by the Ethics Center in partnership with the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship.
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SPRINGSGIVING IS COMING
WEDNESDAY APRIL 9

SCU hosts its 2nd annual “Sprinksgiving,” a student-centered event to give thanks for donations that provide critical support for the SCU student experience such as health care internships and fellowships at the Ethics Center.
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BUSINESS ETHICS MOOCS UPDATE

The Ethics Center offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and already over 2500 executives, professors, and students have enrolled. The MOOCs are taught by Kirk O. Hanson, longtime professor of business ethics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and SCU. Registration for “Business Ethics for the Real World” closes April 28.
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