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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

June 2016

Santa Clara University

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Love and Marriage in the Catholic Church

Thomas Reese, SJ, senior analyst, national Catholic Reporter

July 6 | noon | Vari Hall, Wiegand Room
The apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) by Pope Francis is the product of over two years of consultation and reflection, including two synods of bishops on the topic of the family. Thomas Reese, S.J., senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter, and Ethics Center distinguished visiting scholar, will discuss the content of the exhortation, and the debate and politics behind it.
On twitter: @scuethics #joyoflove

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 Ethical Challenges in Stem
Is our society morally equipped to handle future innovations in science and technology? A recent SCU President's Report addresses that question and highlights the Ethics Center's mission. The piece features Brian Green, adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering and assistant director of campus ethics at the Center. Green, along with professors Hisham Said and Katerina Bezrukova, investigates how group dynamics can affect the ethical decision making of engineering teams. In a related video, he explains how ethics is not just a brake on innovation, but can drive us toward the creation of "good things."
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Commencement Speeches
Every year, university commencement speakers spark controversy. A protest at Scripps College over an invitation to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright prompted Center Associate Director Miriam Schulman to write an op-ed for USA Today College. Schulman argues that audiences have an obligation to hear out speakers whose views differ from their own. “If we can’t manage that broad mindedness in a place that is supposed to be devoted to the open discussion of important issues, what does this bode for our already fractious public square?” she asks.
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The Commodification of Personal Data

Is personal data a commodity? Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, provides a framework for how online consumers can think about the ownership of their data. Her recent Internet Ethics blog post offers insights from leading data and privacy experts Luciano Floridi and Evgeny Morozov, highlighting the complexity of the issue. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Raicu adds, Americans are most unsettled by how hard it is to get information about what data is collected and uncertainty about who is collecting it. At the very least, Raicu argues, a system for "informed consent" should be implemented.
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The Behavioral Movement in Business

SCU Finance Professor Hersh Shefrin and Notre Dame Business Ethics Professor Ann Tenbrunsel explored why executives may behave unethically at a May 11 panel discussion sponsored by the Center. They looked at how the conditions that contribute to this behavior may be particularly acute in high-pressure environments like Silicon Valley.  Tenbrunsel focused on blind spots that may cause bad behavior, and Shefrin on rogue trading as a case study on the psychology behind unethical risk-taking.
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Building an "Unselfie" Generation

Leading educational psychologist Michele Borba visited the Center last month to speak to educators about building empathy in children, and how parents and teachers can work to reverse alarming societal trends toward bullying and violence among today's youth. Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, suggested that adults should set the example by modeling altruistic behavior and emotional attunement to help foster compassion in kids.
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Nonprofit Ethics Survey

We want to know your thoughts about nonprofit ethics.  As we introduce programming about nonprofits at the Ethics Center, we’re conducting a survey to gather views from a wide variety of participants, including both those who work in the nonprofit area and those who do not. Please share your ideas with us and help us to shape our program.
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Big Q Videos On Campus Ethics Issues

Each quarter, the Center is proud to select and publish on our YouTube channel winning videos from SCU Adjunct Lecturer Jonathan Fung's Introduction to Digital Filmmaking class. The two-minute student films capture campus ethics issues, ranging from cyberbullying to substance abuse to texting while driving. You're invited to subscribe, watch, comment, and share them.

Media Mentions

We regularly update our website when Ethics Center staff members are in the news, including in articles, op-eds, TV clips, interviews, and more. Check out our "Media Mentions" and feel free to share them with your online communities through social media links you'll find at the top of the page.
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