Programs in Campus Ethics
From its oldest lecture series, Ethics at Noon, to its newest
student research efforts, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
has always served the Santa Clara University community with
presentations, workshops, training in ethics pedagogy, support
for scholarship, and opportunities for experiential learning.
Three Santa Clara University seniors held Hackworth Fellowships
for academic year 2003-04 with the mission of designing ethics
programming for undergraduates. Elizabeth Simas studied the
ethical dimensions of SCU
student voting behaviors.
Carmen Wahlgren promoted business ethics among undergraduate
business students; and Jon Heit explored the daily moral struggles
of Islamic Students at SCU.
Hackworth Grants for Faculty
Since their inception in 2003, the Ethics Center has awarded
14 Hackworth grants to faculty, totaling more than $41,000,
and another six to students totaling more than $9,000. The grants
support research and teaching in applied ethics. In 2005, they
went to faculty from departments as diverse as Finance and Engineering
and have supported research on topics from "Guantanamo
Bay: Human Rights Advocates and the Check on Legal Ethics"
to "Fair Trading in Financial Markets Around the World."
The Hackworth grants and fellowships are supported by an endowment
gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth.
Ethics at Noon lecture series inspired lively discussions
in 2004-05 on such topics as "Dating
or Hooking Up" "Is
God Unjust? The Tsunami and the Book of Job." The Center
also co-sponsored a variety of talks including an appearance
by WorldCom whistleblower Cynthia Cooper and Georgetown Professor
of Law Robert Drinan, S.J.
The Center enjoys a vibrant scholarly community of more than
50 faculty with a research or teaching interest in ethics.
Student Research Conference
The Center sponsored its second annual Student Ethics Research
Conference in 2005. Three papers were selected for presentation:
Seeking Food: Factory Farms and Catholic Social Teaching"
by Jesse Ramirez
Virtues, and the Sage: Reflections on Moral Wisdom"
by Matthew Spencer
Online Fraud, Security, and Responsibility" by Kathleen
DeCosse, director, campus ethics programs