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SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents annual ethics outlook

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Nov. 7, 2005 – Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will present the six most important ethical issues facing Americans at its fourth annual Ethics Outlook, Nov. 10 at 6.30 p.m.

The 2005-06 National Ethics Agenda calls for attention to these issues:

  • Immigration: Should the Rules Change?
  • Energy: What Is the Real Cost of Oil?
  • Executive Compensation: Are Outsize Pay Packages Contributing to Corporate Malfeasance?
  • Advise and Consent: What Are the Ethics of Confirmation?
  • Students Left Behind: Is It Ever Okay to Give Up on a Child?
  • Heroism:  On Whose Shoulders Should We Stand?

The panel presenting the 2005-06 National Ethics Agenda includes:

  • David Berger, chair, mergers and acquisitions litigation practice, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • David DeCosse, director, campus ethics program; editor of But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War (Doubleday)
  • Steve Johnson, director of character education; developer, character-based literacy curriculum used throughout California
  • Scott LaBarge, assistant professor of philosophy and classics at SCU ;
  • Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics; former chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Energy
  • Terri Peretti, chair,  political science professor at SCU, and author of In Defense of a Political Court (Princeton University Press)

Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Ethics Center will moderate the discussion in the TV studio of the arts and sciences building on the SCU campus.

The panel will brief media in a pre-event discussion of the agenda on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. Reporters interested in joining the conference call, please call Miriam Schulman at 408-554-5116.

The Outlook is developed by the Center’s Emerging Issues Group, a collection of staff, scholars, and Advisory Board members who meet weekly to consider seriously the role that ethics plays in current events. In past years, the Outlook has focused attention on “Security and Terrorism,” “Exploring the Limits on Scientific Freedom,” and “Addressing Disparities in Income and Wealth. Previous agendas are accessible on line at

Seating is limited and RSVPs are required.  Reserve a place at or 408-554-5319.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is a nationally recognized resource for the study and application of ethical approaches to the crucial issues facing our world. The Center supports research, assists faculty in integrating ethics into their courses, and helps businesses, schools, hospitals, public agencies, and global organizations put ethics to work.  More information is online at Ethics center programs include: biotechnology and health care ethics; business ethics; K-12 character education; global leadership in ethics, public policy and government ethics, and emerging issues in ethics. Established in 1986, the center has grown into one of the most active university-based applied ethics centers in the U.S. Seed funding and initial endowment were provided by Linda and A.C. “Mike” Markkula, Jr.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,213 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third -highest graduation rate among U.S. masters’ universities across the country, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at




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