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Media and the Pandemic: When False Information Can Kill You

Coronavirus offers an unfortunate case study of how false and distorted narratives can take hold with grave implications for the public. In the midst of a global public health crisis, people are turning to social media and journalism with record frequency as they seek help navigating the pandemic. How reliable are the claims people find through media? What responsibility do social media companies and news organizations bear for the claims they amplify? Replay this LinkedIn LIVE expert panel discussion which addressed these questions and more.

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Ethics Spotlight: COVID-19: Ethics, Health and Moving Forward

Ethics Center staff have developed the following materials to help us all move forward from shelter-in-place to the new normal.

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Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

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Voting for Ethics

A How-to Guide for Voters

“Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

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Ethical Perspectives

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5 Media Literacies We Need Online

To accurately interpret our media today, it’s important we understand a few basic concepts, or “literacies” as Subbu Vincent refers to them.

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The Other Pandemic: Covid-19 is a Mental Health Emergency

While the affect on the health of people around the world has been well-reported, Covid-19’s impact on our mental health has been less well reported, but potentially just as dangerous.

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic May Affect How We Vote

With current shelter-in-place orders still in effect, do we need to reconsider how we vote, to ensure an accurate and inclusive outcome?

    Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

    This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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    Center News

    SCU Law alumni, to receive Honorary Doctorate
    Pichon to Receive Honorary Doctorate

    Risë Pichon is Judge, Probate Division, Santa Clara County, and longtime Ethics Center Advisory Board member.

    Hackworth Fellow Mariana Perera '20 Awarded Fulbright

    Perera is among five students who won prestigious Fulbright and Goldwater awards, announced in an April 21 SCU press release. “We are very proud of our students who have worked so hard inside and outside of class to earn these very competitive fellowships," said SCU President Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

    Earth Day Celebration in Photos

    Commemorative slideshow featuring inspirational photo selections from Center staff and Fellows, honoring #EarthDay50 and the fight for climate action.

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      Evaluating Culture for Ethics

      Our Culture Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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      Media Commentary

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      Cherishing our Elderly and COVID Rationing

      Ann Mongoven, associate director of Healthcare Ethics, published in Bioethics.Net.

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      Transparency Is Central Ethical Concern During COVID-19 Pandemic

      Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D., associate director and director of Bioethics, interviewed by Relias Media.

      Views from the upper Deck of a Los Angels Lakers Game in early December.
      Mnuchin Rips Lakers, Fumes Over Public Companies Receiving Coronavirus Loans

      Joan Harrington, director of Social Sector Ethics, quoted in Compliance Week.