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Twin national conferences on ethics attract scholars, parents, business leaders

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb.22, 2001 - Leading scholars on ethics converge at Santa Clara University this week to share ideas, confer with business leaders and conduct workshops for parents and teachers, in unprecedented twin national conferences sponsored by the SCU Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"At Our Best: Moral Lives in a Moral Community" features a three-day conference on business ethics that begins this evening, and a three-day conference on character education that begins Friday. The conferences, featuring more than 65 individual sessions with several hundred participants, all will be held at the Santa Clara University campus, culminating Sunday in a 2 p.m. workshop for Bay Area parents and teachers, "Raising an Ethical Child."

Defining and communicating ethical behavior - right and wrong; respect and responsibility; character and leadership, and moral decision-making in moral communities - is the continuing challenge undertaken by the SCU Ethics Center in its 15-year history. These themes run through the broad program at this week's conferences, which are centerpieces of the University's 150th anniversary year.

Keynote speaker Friday at the 6:30 ethics conference dinner at Adobe Lodge at SCU is Mike Hackworth, chairman of Cirrus Logic Inc. on "Managing an Information Technology Company: The Ethical Challenges."

Key free public sessions at the character education conference are:

A speech on "What Every School Can Do to Build Character," by Thomas Lickona, author of Educating for Character and education professor at SUNY-Cortland., SCU Mayer Theatre, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

A speech on "How Communities Can Work Together to Raise Standards for All Our Children," by William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence., Mayer Theatre, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

A speech on "The Partnerships between Family, School and Community," by Thomas Lickona, Mayer Theatre, 7 - 9 p.m.

A speech on "Moral Development: What We Know," by William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, Mayer Theatre, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

A speech on "Moral Development: What Should We Do?" by Kevin Ryan, director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character, Boston University, Mayer Theatre, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

A workshop for parents on "Raising an Ethical Child," by Steve Johnson, S.M., director of school programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; Janet Enright, principal of Osborne School; Harold Jules Hoyle, SCU education professor; and Paula Mitchell, alternative education director, Monterey County Office of Education.

The SCU Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was established in 1986 to heighten ethical awareness and improve ethical decision-making at the University and in the larger community. Ethics Center programs focus on ethics in education, health care, business, technology, and public policy. Santa Clara University, located in the heart of northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Jesuit university with 7,350 students. Ranked second among regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and known nationally for its graduate and professional schools, SCU celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.


For more information or detailed schedule information about "At Our Best, Moral Lives in a Moral Community," either the business ethics conference or the character education conference, call 408-554-5126, email, or visit For background on the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, also see the Web site. For information about Santa Clara University,, or email

The Ethics Center, 408-554-5319 is located in the Arts and Sciences Building near the University's main entrance, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA. 95050.

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