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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to host panel on evaluating political campaigns

Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2004

WHAT: "Truth, Lies, Politics, and the Press," an informal discussion with San Jose Mercury News Executive Editor David Yarnold and Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler.

When: Thursday, Oct. 7 from noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Arts and Sciences Building on the university campus

Details: In what some have called the meanest campaign season in memory, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University will offer suggestions for evaluating campaign rhetoric and "voting for ethics." Nadler, the former mayor of the city of Santa Clara, will present some of the "unavoidable ethical dilemmas facing candidates." Nadler has developed the program "Ethics and the Public’s Business," a workshop for newly elected local officials. She was a panelist on "Ethics in Today’s City Government" at the 2004 U.S.Conference of Mayors annual meeting and has addressed government ethics for groups from the League of California Cities to the National Fire Academy. Nadler writes a blog on government ethics at

Yarnold will discuss the role of journalists in helping voters evaluate office seekers. "The news media have an obligation to scrutinize the claims that campaigns make and to hold candidates to high ethical standards," he said.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Cities Association.

Please confirm your attendance by calling 408- 554-7892 or by e-mail,

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; philosophical questions in applied ethics, public policy and government ethics, and emerging issues in ethics.

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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