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SCU launches global leadership and ethics project

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. March 3, 2004 Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in conjunction with the Interaction Council, a global association of former heads of state, announced the development of a new program in global leadership and ethics. The program will promote dialogue and action on ethical leadership by global political leaders.

“The program is aimed at harnessing the moral voice of world leaders through active participation and issues development, and the power of the media to advance workable solutions to global problems, such as child slavery and children caught in armed conflict,” said Kirk Hanson, executive director of the center. “The program gives us a unique opportunity to encourage global leaders to speak forcefully and effectively regarding ethical issues.”

Immediate plans include developing a communications plan for the Interaction Council, developing issues for the council’s next two annual meetings in Salzburg and San Francisco and hosting a global conference on human rights at Santa Clara University in Jan. 2005.

Almaz Negash, director of the global ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics,  said, “the conference will bring global leaders, human rights and global ethics advocates from around the world to Santa Clara.”

The Center will also assist the Interaction Council in planning and hosting the June 2005 annual meeting, scheduled to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of United Nations. In addition, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will prepare working papers on global moral leadership and host meetings on effective methods of expressing that leadership.

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 8,047students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-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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