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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents annual ethics outlook

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Nov. 9, 2004 Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will host  its third annual Ethics Outlook on Nov. 18. Ethics Outlook will present six critical areas that Americans should be thinking about in the coming year.Prepared by Ethics Center staff and scholars, the event presents a national ethics agenda -- the six most critical issues  the U.S. will face in the coming year.

“The issues on this year's agenda are significant because they suggest areas where more public reflection is needed,” said Miriam Schulman, director of communications at the Ethics Center. The ethics outlook will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. in SCU’s arts and sciences building.

Areas that will be discussed are

  • Security and Terrorism: Are We Ethically Ready for Another Attack?
  • Principles for Humanitarian Intervention: When Should We Send in the Marines?
  • Vigorous Political Debate or Partisan Lying: Who Owns the Truth?
  • Our Debt to the Future: Will Our Children Pay for the Negative Consequences of current choices?
  • Public Confidence and Public Contracting: Must We Accept a Pay-to-Play System?
  • The Future of Food: Will Genetically Modified Organisms Solve the Hunger Problem?

Panelists are Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at SCU, David DeCosse, the University's director of campus ethics, Almaz Negash, director global leadership and ethics, June Carbone, SCU professor of law, Christopher Kulp, SCU associate professor of philosophy, and Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center For Applied Ethics. For more information, visit

About the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., is a nationally recognized resource for people and organizations that want to study and apply an ethical approach to decision-making. The center supports research, assists faculty in integrating ethics into their courses and helps businesses, schools, hospitals and other organizations put ethics to work. 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 innthe 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 8,047 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.  More information   is online at


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