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A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.

    

Assemblyman Appoints His Mother to Fresno Agency Board. Is it Nepotism?

John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said the appearance of nepotism is problematic.

“Nepotism is commonly perceived as an unethical use of public authority to reward a family member with a job, an appointed position, or a contract with the government. Elected officials are encouraged to avoid even the appearance of impropriety by placing family members in government positions,” Pelissero said.

John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago quoted on GVWire.

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A University Applied Ethics Center: The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Published in this special issue addressing the ethics of university culture the Ethics Center is highlighted for the major role it plays in promoting ethical discussion at the university, in the local region, and, increasingly, nationally and internationally.

"In the world of ethics, every generation must learn anew what generations before have learned, and then more, as technology changes our world and makes it ever more complex."

Brian Patrick Green, director, Technology Ethics; David DeCosse, director of Religious and Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics Programs; Kirk Hanson, senior fellow; Don Heider, executive director; Margaret R. McLean, associate director; Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics; and Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, all with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics published in the Journal of Moral Theology Vol. 9, Issue Special Issue 2, 2020.

Two people walk near the California State Capitol Building.

California Lawmakers Criticized for Travelling to Maui for In-Person Conference

"A gathering of legislators and lobbyists from various states just doesn't seem to fit the category of essential travel during a pandemic," said Professor Pelissero.

"It's likely to impact the trust that the voters placed in elected legislators at the time of their election," said Pelissero.

John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago quoted on KTVU Fox 2.

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What Happens When We Depersonalize Personal Communication?

“I can’t imagine that people receiving these automated responses would feel good if they understood what they were,” Irina Raicu says. “If you get to the point where you don’t know whether someone really wrote to you or not, whether there’s a person behind that or a bot, think about how you would approach communication.”

“People have to do things you don’t want to do sometimes, and if that is writing somebody a personal letter or communicating directly with people, then that’s a problem for both parties,” Brian Green says. “It perpetuates that feeling that people can get away with not having authentic relationships.”

Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, and Brian Greene, director of Technology Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University quoted on SF Weekly

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why a Peaceful, Orderly Transfer of Power Matters

Delay in Smooth Transition Process Harms the Public Interest and National Security.

"The United States has experienced a peaceful and orderly transfer of power between presidential administrations for 224 years. Each transfer of power between individuals and political parties has been achieved because of the decency of the candidates and their commitment to honoring the will of the voters. The American people have come to expect peaceful transfers after an election because it is the right thing to do — and it is the ethical path to affirming our democratic ideals."

John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago published in The Mercury News.

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Silicon Valley Social Media Companies Work With FBI to Squash Global Cyber Threats

This week, Twitter and Facebook flagged and blocked content aimed at delegitimizing the election process. 

"Right now we're not talking about recounts,” said Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics, at Markkula Center. “We're talking about the legally cast votes being counted, and the effort to stop that."

"Whatever side you're on, there are people out there trying to manipulate you," said Raicu.

Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, interviewed by NBC Bay Area.

Pope Francis, right, delivers his message during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis’s Statement Endorsing Same-Sex Civil Unions Undermines the Moral Legitimacy and Legal Arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

"On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which presents the question whether a city may exclude a Roman Catholic adoption agency from its foster care system because the agency refuses to work with gay couples, in violation of the City’s nondiscrimination laws. While the parties’ legal arguments and most commentary focus on the extent to which religious entities can claim exemptions from neutral, generally applicable laws, recently released statements by Pope Francis create tension between the petitioners’ moral claims and their legal arguments. Here we provide a brief background of the case and explore the meaning of the Holy Father’s statement in the context of Roman Catholic teachings. We propose that properly understood, his statement weakens, if not entirely undermines, the adoption agency’s moral legitimacy and legal arguments, and we argue that their continued litigation of the issue actually contravenes his call for civil protections for all families."

Charles Binkley (@CharlesBinkley) is the director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics published in Verdict: Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia.

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Examining the Duty of Physician Officials in the Government

“The duty of physician officials in the government exceeds that of other officials. As physicians, they have a unique moral obligation to do more than protect the constitution from enemies, foreign and domestic. They have a duty to be unambiguously truthful, to use their power to do good, and to avoid harm."

Charles Binkley, director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics interviewed on the KevinMD Podcast.

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empty seats at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California

Why are the 49ers Spending Millions on a City Council Race? Ask Jed York

"It appears that one is trying to gain some private benefit from [those donations] and put private interests ahead of the public interests."

John Pelissero, senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago quoted on KQED.

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Talk Policy To Me

"We get a lot of coverage of where is Trump, what's he doing, who's he talking to...and much less around the lived experiences of people who are presumed to be part of the voting electorate. So with a solidarity approach to covering elections, it shifts focus from elite candidates, elite supporters, elite parties and instead looking at where most of the country is which is on the ground, doing the work, and trying to engage not just in politics that happen on the first Tuesday of November every four years but engaging in politics year round."

"The increased coverage of voter suppression is entirely to the credit of folks who are working to address voter suppression and trying to push against it...and the need for stronger voting rights not only at a policy level but in terms of enforcement. Voting rights are human rights." 
 
Anita Varma, assistant director of Journalism & Media Ethics and Social Sector Ethics, interviewed for the Goldman School Of Public Policy Talk Policy To Me podcast - Episode 402: Talking Election Coverage.