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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

July 2016

Santa Clara University

JULY 2016


Spotlight Event: RELIGION & POLITICS in election 2016


Thomas Reese, S.J., Ethics Center distinguished visiting scholar, and senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter, explores the role of religion in the upcoming election.

August 3 | noon | St. Clare Room, Learning Commons


Campaign Ethics MOOC
Summer Launch
Can you run an ethical political campaign and win? Center Government Ethics Director Hana Callaghan thinks so and invites you to take a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on how to do it. Callaghan is joined for the course, which relaunches this month, by a team of political experts. The winter debut of the MOOC drew 365 participants globally.
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Modern Variations on the
Trolley Problem
Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu updates the “Trolley Problem" in her latest blog post. This classic thought experiment asks whether it is ethical to deflect a runaway trolley barreling toward five people toward an alternate track where it would only kill one. Raicu asks readers to address six modern ethical scenarios, including the "Drone" and "Smart City" problems.
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Hill and Libby Win 2016 Markkula Prize
Honzel Fellow Lucas Hill (left) and Environmental Ethics Fellow Blair Libby (right) won the Markkula Prize for their outstanding commitment to ethics at this year’s Center Graduation Lunch (Facebook photo album.) Among his many accomplishments, Hill piloted several new rotations for the Health Care Ethics Interns at Kaiser Santa Clara, expanding their experience in a variety of medical specialty areas. Libby's work was central to the creation of Perspectives on "Laudato Si,'" a new SCU course which explored Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. They are pictured above with Advisory Board Member Kristi Markkula Bowers.
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Conscience and Catholicism Wins Award
Congratulations to Director of Campus Ethics David DeCosse, whose book Conscience & Catholicism, edited with Boston College Theology Professor Kristin Heyer, won Third Place in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom Category in the 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Congratulate them on Facebook!
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Media Mentions

Exploring Environmental Ethics

Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson, Director of Campus Ethics David DeCosse, and Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet, were featured in the Spring 2016 edition of the Ignatian Center's publication, Explore, which DeCosse also co-edited. Entitled "Our Future on a Shared Planet," the magazine theme is Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si'."
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Market Watch: Are We Adults at 18 or 21?
Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet published an opinion piece in the June 22 Market Watch exploring the Stanford sexual assault case and the ethical imperative of postponing the age at which a person is considered an adult to 21. About the accused and the victim in the case, Skeet writes: “Parents are very much on the scene for both of these young people. And well they should be. Neither the criminal nor the victim is old enough to deal with the consequences of heavy drinking and violent crime, let alone transportation arrangements. Yet they are both considered, in the eyes of the law, consenting adults. It’s time for that to change.”
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