The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2004

Last updated on 3/9/05

NB: the links to streaming videos have expired.

Ethics Week at Baruch College

March 15-19, 2004

You can view streaming video of most of the events

listed below at ethics videos.

Ethics Week at Baruch has two main components: classroom discussion of ethical issues related to specific subjects/disciplines, and special events featuring invited guests. Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative and a grant from the Joseph Drown Foundation.

Classroom Discussions

Preparatory Materials

  • During the first two weeks of March, Prof. Douglas Lackey (Philosophy) led faculty development workshops entitled Ethics Discussions in the Classroom: How to Start Them, How to Keep Them Going, and How Not To Go Off the Rails. An outline and an ethics primer that Prof. Lackey prepared are available through the foregoing links.
  • Prof. W. Ray Williams (Law) has compiled a handbook entitled Ethics and Law: Basic Concepts, Cases, and Dilemmas for members of the Law Department (and others) to use as a resource for classroom discussions. (During Ethics Week, all courses in the Department of Law will feature discussion of frameworks for ethical decision making, investigation of different philosophical approaches to ethical decision making, and case studies and dilemmas.)

 

Schedule of Special Events

Monday, March 15

6-7:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston of The New York Times will discuss his new, best-selling book, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Richand Cheat Everybody Else. The articles for which Mr. Johnston won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 may be accessed at http://www.pulitzer.org/year/2001/beat-reporting/works/ Location: Newman Conference Center (151 East 25 th St., 7th floor), Room 763. See the video of this event.

Tuesday, March 16

8-9 a.m.

Harold J. Tinkler, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Deloitte and Touche, will address New Climate, New Demands: Today's Corporate Ethics. Location: Vertical Campus, 14-250. See the video of this event.

4-5:15 p.m.

Election Campaigns, Press Coverage, and the Public Trust will be the subject of a panel discussion with Wayne Barrett, political/investigative reporter for the Village Voice; Jonathan Hicks of The New York Times; and Bryan Keefer of the Columbia Journalism Review and founder of the political website spinsanity.com (countering rhetoric with reason). Moderated by Prof. Geanne Rosenberg (Journalism). Location: Newman Conference Center (151 East 25 th St., 7th floor), Room 763. See the video of this event.

5:40-7:20 p.m.

Abraham Briloff, Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus, will address a section of Accounting 3202 on ethical issues in the discipline. Location: Vertical Campus, 9-135

Wednesday, March 17

Sarah Bartlett, Baruch College's Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism, will host a thirteen-part series of TV interviews called USA Inc beginning on March 17. These programs on CUNY TV (Channel 75 in New York City) will focus on business ethics from Wall Street to New Delhi and will feature such high-profile guests as Jack Bogle, Carl McCall, Paul Volker, Arthur Levitt, Ira Milstein and Ray Troubh. The series is presented by Baruch's Zicklin School of Business, in collaboration with CUNY TV. Professor Bartlett and Baruch's Business Journalism Program are part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Each interview will air Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., and on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Broadcast information, transcripts, and video of each interview may also be found on www.cuny.tv.

Thursday, March 18

12:45-2 p.m.

An open forum with Larry Zicklin, chairman of the board, Neuberger Berman, and trustee of The Baruch College Fund. The forum will focus on the recently drafted Student Guide to Academic Integrity at Baruch College but also will include discussion of relationships between ethical behavior in the academic and business worlds. Location: Vertical Campus, 14-250. See the video of this event. 

1-2:15 p.m.

Josephine Johnston (Hastings Center) on the ethical issues in the management of financial conflicts of interest in biomedical research. Location: 17 Lexington Avenue, 5 South (fifth floor). See the video of this event.

4:30-6 p.m.

Barbara Ley Toffler, author of Final Accounting: Ambition, Greed and the Fall of Arthur Andersen, will speak about her experiences working at Arthur Andersen. Location: Vertical Campus, 14-250. See the video of this event.

 

Ethics Week was generously supported by the

Charles Dreifus Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative

and a grant from the Joseph Drown Foundation.

 

 

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Assessment of Ethics Week 2004

Events featuring outside speakers

Nine speakers took part in seven events, which unfolded in a variety of formats and venues. Overall, roughly 500 students attended these events, nearly all of which were video-taped.

Classroom discussions

After Ethics Week, some 200 students completed an online survey designed to assess the activities. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents indicated that at least one of their instructors had discussed ethical issues in class that week. Those numbers suggest that as many as 10,000 students at Baruch experienced discussions of issues that would likely not have been discussed were it not for Ethics Week. Optional comments on the survey were also very positive. A recurrent comment on the need for more advance publicity will be addressed in spring 2005.