Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

William P. Laughlin Lectures on Global Leadership and Ethics

The Global Leadership and Ethics program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors a series of presentations by world leaders in various fields to advance the understanding of the role of ethics in international relations, to encourage global leaders to speak forcefully and effectively regarding ethical issues in global affairs, and to create an informed and productive dialogue on global leadership and ethics at Santa Clara University. This lecture series is named for William P. Laughlin, founder of Saga Foods Corp., and a lifelong advocate of global leadership and ethics.

2006 Schedule
  • Monday, January 23, 2006: Manuel Camacho Solis (PRD), member of the 49th Congress; former mayor of Mexico City; and former secretary of foreign relations, Ambassador Roberta Lajous (PRI), former Mexican ambassador to Austria and Cuba and permanent representative from Mexico at the United Nations in Vienna and New York; former director general for North America and for Europe in the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Juan Molinar Horcasitas (PAN), member of the 49th Congress; chairman for the Council on Economic Affairs, PAN; former professor of political science at El Colegio de México and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; and former undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior.

    A Celebration of Mexican Democracy

    Mayer Theater Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara
    Check-in: 12:00 p.m. Debate: 12:30-2:00 p.m
    RSVP 408-554-5319 or
2005 Schedule
  • Thursday, October 20, 2005: Ketumile Masire, former president of the Republic of Botswana
    Building Democracies in Africa
    Benson Parlors, Noon-1:15 p.m.
    RSVP to Nikole DuTemple-Nichols or 408-554-5319

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2005: Jean Francois-Poncet, president, French Senatorial Committee on Regional Planning; former foreign minister, France
    Value Issues in Transatlantic Relations: The EU and the United States
    Arts and Science Building: Reception, 5:30 p.m.; Lecture, 6:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2005: Jamil Mahuad, former president of Ecuador
    Symposium: The Ethics of Governance
    Reception: Arts and Science Building, 5 p.m.; Symposium: Mayer Theatre, 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 31, 2005: Hans Küng, president, Global Ethic Foundation
    The World's Religions: Common Ethical Values
    A lecture opening the photographic exhibit, which runs March 31-June 30.
    Reception: Atrium, Arts and Science Building, 5:30 p.m; Lecture: Mayer Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 1, 2005: Malcolm Fraser, former prime minister, Australia; Thomas Axworthy, executive director, Historica Foundation, Canada; Hans Küng, president and co-founder of Global Ethic Foundation, Germany; Kathleen Mahoney, chair, Board of Directors, Rights and Democracy, Canada; Bertrand Ramcharan, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights; Abdul Salam Majali , former prime minister, Jordan
    Symposium: Human Rights and Human Responsibility
    Music Recital Hall, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Almaz Negash, Director, Global Leadership and Ethics at (408) 554-7890 or by e-mail at:

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