The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2006

Last updated on 5/606

Ethics Week 2006

April 3-8

 

Ethics Week 2006 at Baruch College comprised three main components: classroom discussion of ethical issues related to specific subjects/disciplines, an ethics bowl competition (a series of debates between undergraduates representing the three schools), 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.

Videos of some of the events of Ethics Week 2006

Schedule of Events

PRELUDES TO  ETHICS  WEEK

Tuesday, March 28

 

10:00 and 4:00

How to sustain an ethics analysis in the classroom: Four common mistakes that paralyze discussion and how to deflect them.

Prof. Douglas Lackey (Philosophy) will lead informal discussions with fellow faculty members in the Faculty/Staff Lounge (NVC 14-290). Light refreshment will be provided. An outline and an ethics primer that Prof. Lackey has prepared are available through the foregoing links.

RSVP to Abigail Stevens: 646-660-6500

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 14-290

 

Thursday, March 30

12.30-2.30

Ethical Conflicts of Wall Street Financial Analysts

Dan Reingold, author of Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst, will speak about his own experiences as a financial analyst in dealing with difficult ethical dilemmas. Mr. Reingold will propose ways of reducing the ethical dilemmas of financial analysts and improving the integrity of financial markets in general. This program for graduate and undergraduate student clubs is sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Beta Alpha Psi. Lunch will be served. A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 3-165

ETHICS  WEEK EVENTS

Monday – Friday, April 3-8

 

Two colleagues will present on the topics outlined below by invitation to classes throughout the college:

 

Ethics and Student Computing in the 21st Century

Jim Russell (Director of Instructional Technology) will present an informal review of topics such as internet regression, flame wars and how to avoid them, efforts to identify technology assisted cheating and safe computing practices. To arrange to bring this presentation to your class (schedule permitting), contact Jim Russell directly: 646-312-4895 or Jim_Russell@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

Ethical Issues in the Information Age

Jerry Bornstein (Library) will focus on a broad range of ethical issues, including online plagiarism, the confidentiality of consumer information, the quality of information posted on the World Wide Web, and the U.S.A. Patriot Act and privacy rights. To arrange to bring this presentation to your class (schedule permitting), contact Jerry Bornstein directly: 646-312-1615 or Jerry_Bornstein@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

Monday, April 3

 

12:00-2:00

Ethics Bowl Competition – Rounds I and II

Teams of undergraduates will square off in this debate competition.

Location: 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center (7th floor)

(See below for more information on the ethics bowl)

 

4:00-5:00

Ethics Bowl Competition – Final Round and Winners Announced

The top two teams will compete and the winner will be named ($600 to the top team). Judges include members of the Baruch community and invited guests, such as Randy Cohen (author of the Ethicist column for the Sunday Times Magazine).   

Newsflash: eight teams competed in this year's ethics bowl. The winning team comprised Jeffrey Lowenhaupt, Arina Pismennaya, and George Overkamp. The second place team consisted of Alina Novikova, Danielle Lemberg, and Dmitriy Povazhuk.

(See below for more information on the ethics bowl)

Location: 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center (7th floor)

5:00-5:15

Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics

Winners of the 2005 Briloff Prizes will be announced. The faculty award is $1,500; the student award is $500.

A Video of this Ceremony is Available through this Link

Location: 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center, Room 750

 

5:15-6:30

The Vallone Lecture Series: Ethics and Good Government

Peter F. Vallone Sr., former Speaker of the New York City Council, will present the capstone lecture of his 2005-2006 series. Sponsored by the School of Public Affairs.

Location: 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center, Room 750

 

7:35-9:15

Ethics and Your Career

Lecture and discussion by members of the Ethics Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Designed for students in ACC 2203. Sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 5-150

 

Tuesday, April 4

 

12:25-2:05

Ethics and Your Career

Lecture and discussion by members of the Ethics Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Designed for students in ACC 2203. Sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity. (A repeat of the event on April 3 at 7:35.)

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 5-150

 

12:30-2:30 

Getting a Job: the Importance of Being Honest

Panel discussion of topics such as legal and illegal interview questions, what constitutes “lying,” appropriate/inappropriate behavior when interacting with recruiters (e.g., business correspondence, following up, etc.), advice for job seekers and more. There will be ample time for questions and refreshments will be provided.

  • David Feinerman – HR Manager, formerly at Greenberg Traurig LLP and Eisner LLP
  • Josh Irushalmi – Director of Client Services at Resources Global Professionals, formerly at Ernst & Young
  • Barbara Lambert – Deputy Director and Manager of Corporate Relations, Baruch College Career Development Center
  • Perren Wong – Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Sponsored by the Career Development Center.

A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 14-250

 
12:30-2:30 

Ethics in Business with China
Moderated by members of the Baruch College Debate Team, this discussion will feature:

  • Prof. Stephanie Golob (Political Science)
  • Prof. Karl Lang (Statistics/CIS)
  • Prof. David W. Opderbeck (Law)

Sponsored by the Baruch College Debate Team.

A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 9-135

7:15-8:30

Do Business with People You Can Trust

L.J. Rittenhouse, author of a book with the foregoing title, will speak with students enrolled in several graduate and undergraduate classes in Communication Studies. A drawing will be held for gift copies of Ms. Rittenhouse’s book. The event is open to all.

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 14-220

 

Wednesday, April 5

 

5:30-7:30

Annual Business Ethics Series

Panel discussion with:

  • Norm BrustVice President, Corporate Communictions (retired), Contel Corporations
  • Harold FriedmanPresident/CEO of National
    Elevator Cab & Door Corp.
  • Paul KorenConsultant to RSM McGladrey, Inc.

Sponsored by Jewish Business Leaders at Baruch College. 

A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 1-107

 

Thursday, April 6

 

12:30-2:30

Religious Perspectives on Business Ethics

This panel discussion will feature Rabbi Ricky Hidary and Professor David W. Opderbeck (Law).

Sponsored by Jewish Business Leaders at Baruch College.

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 1-107

 

12.30-2.30

Behind the UN Oil-for-Food Scandal

Andrew Levine Esq., Debevoise & Plimpton LLP., formerly Deputy Counsel of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme. Following the Gulf War, the UN embargo on Iraq resulted in widespread hunger and malnutrition. To meet humanitarian needs, the UN set up a “temporary” Oil for Food Programme, which lasted for seven years and comprised more than $100 million in transactions.  The Programme became riddled with fraud. When the scandal became public the UN set up the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in 2004 to investigate and make reform proposals, under the chairmanship of Paul Volcker (former Chair of the Federal Reserve). Andrew M. Levine served as Deputy Counsel to the committee from September 2004 to December 2005. Mr. Levine will present an overview of the Programme and its problems and will participate in a lengthy Q&A.

This program for graduate and undergraduate student clubs is sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, The School of Public Affairs, and Beta Alpha Psi. Lunch will be served

Location: Newman Vertical Campus 3-165

 

Friday, April 7

3:00-4:00

Establishing and Sustaining an Ethical Learning Environment in Your On-line Course

Jim Russell, Director of Instructional Technology at Baruch College, will lead Session 3, Track E of the college's Ninth Annual Teaching and Technology Conference. For more information about the conference and to register ( registration is free) see: http://www.kognito.net/baruchtech/  

A Video of this Event is Available through this Link

Location: Vertical Campus, 14th floor, Room TBA

 

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The Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl builds upon debate competitions established at universities across the nation. Ours will take place on Monday, April 3 (schedule above) and will be centered around issues of academic, business, and public ethics. We have designed the program to provide equal opportunities to all students, regardless of their previous public speaking or debate background. Teams of undergraduates will compete to score points in two preliminary rounds. The top two teams will compete in the finals and receive awards for their efforts: $600 to the winning team; $300 for second place.

 

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Some background information on

Ethics Week at Baruch College

"Ethics Week" was the idea of Prof. Roslyn Bernstein (English), who suggested at the concluding session of the Spring 2003 Seminar, "Ethics Across and Beyond the Curriculum," that the college set aside one week during which members of the faculty would be encouraged to discuss ethical issues specific to their subjects/disciplines in their classrooms, and departments or programs would invite outside speakers for public presentations.

Ethics Week 2006 was organized by Associate Provost Dennis Slavin (646-660-6504).

See webpages from Ethics Week 2004 and Ethics Week 2005.