News from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 5/11

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May 2011 Newsletter
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
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Upcoming Events

Risk Oversight and Assessment
Corporate boards are facing dramatic challenges in identifying and quantifying systemic and individual organizational risk. This panel discussion will address existential risk with a particular focus on “the view from the Audit Committee,” Thursday, May 19, 7:30 a.m., at Wilson Sonsini, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, Calif. Because of our relationship with the event sponsor, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley, the fee for this event will be waived for anyone attending through the Ethics Center. Just send an e-mail request to [email protected] Details >>


Linda Darling-Hammond to Speak
“Teaching and the Moral Imperative” will be the subject, as Linda-Darling Hammond reflects on the dilemmas and responses of ethical educators, May 25, 5 p.m., in the SCU Benson Center. Hammond, the Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, was named by Education Week as one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade.
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New Materials

The Value of Life: Is It Ethical to Consider Cost in Medical Decision Making? (podcast)
Center Bioethics Director Margaret R. McLean leads a discussion on what if any role financial considerations should play in individual, family, and social decisions about medical treatment. Details >>


I Can’t Get a C (case study)
The Ethics Center’s Big Q project explores one of the classic big ethical questions for undergraduates: cheating. Follow the Big Q blog for case studies on everyday ethical dilemmas that college students face. Details >>


My Life as an Engineer: The Search for Integrity (video)
Adobe Systems co-founder Charles (Chuck) Geschke reflects on the influence of Jesuit education and ethics on the continuing journey of his life. Details >>


Where Does Morality Come From? (podcast)
Have advances in evolutionary science undermined the more traditional, often religious bases of morality? Or are there ways of integrating the most advanced contemporary science with more traditional views of the human good? The eminent evolutionary biologist and philosopher Francisco Ayala addressed these questions in his Regan Lecture for the Ethics Center. Details >>