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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2008 (March 25-29)

Created on 3/12/2008

1) Classroom discussions of ethical issues related to specific disciplines
2) Special events featuring members of the community and invited guests
3) The Ethics Bowl  

Prologue to Ethics Week
Tuesday, March 18, 10:30am-12:00 & 4:00-5:30pm
Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-290 (Faculty & Staff Lounge)Classroom discussions of ethical issues related to specific disciplines are of major significance to Ethics Week at Baruch. These take place at the discretion of individual instructors, but not everyone is comfortable with leading such discussions. Prof. Douglas Lackey (Philosophy) has agreed to host informal discussions of the subject with faculty colleagues under the rubric: Teaching Ethics: How to Start Discussions and How Not to Snuff Them Out by Accident.
RSVP to Juan Pagan at or 646-660-6500.

Ongoing During Ethics Week
Throughout Ethics Week, Prof. Jerry Bornstein (Deputy Chief Librarian) will be available to lead discussions on Ethical Issues in the Information Age. (It is understood that the faculty member will remain for this discussion.) Please contact Prof. Bornstein as soon as possible to arrange this - each year his schedule fills up quickly: or 646-312-1615.

                 ~ Schedule of Events ~                                             

Tuesday, March 25

The Ethics of Agriculture & Food Production: How Religions Respond
12:25-2:15pm, NVC: 8-190
Mike McNamara, a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, speaks to students in the Feit Interdisciplinary Seminar regarding the ethical implications of various agricultural practices and food policies. He offers insight into the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic denominations address such problems. McNamara's research concerns Christianity and environmentalism.

The ALA Bill of Rights 
1:00pm, 151 E. 25th St. (Newman Library Building), Room 620

Kenneth Himma, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and prominent writer on information ethical issues, will discuss and debate the ALA (American Library Association) Bill of Rights via web teleconference.

Wednesday, March 26

The Zicklin Graduate Leadership Speaker Series
12-1:30pm, 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center, Room 750

Kenny Moore is the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Ombudsman in the Northeast's most successful energy company, KeySpan/National Grid. Author of numerous publications and recipient of Notre Dame University's 2006 Hesburgh Award for his contribution to the field of business ethics, Mr. Moore will share the wisdom he has gained from his experiences as a business leader, former monk, cancer survivor, and spiritual guru. See a video of this event.

Lunch will be served at 12pm. Students should dress is business attire (suits, jackets. dresses) and RSVP by March 21 to:

Baruch's 4th Annual Ethics Bowl & Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics
1:30-6:30pm, 151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center, Room 750
This debate competition is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at Baruch College. Teams compete in two preliminary debates ending in a finals round. The Ethics Bowl concludes with an awards ceremony in which the winners will receive generous cash prizes. For additional information, please contact Prof. Sarah Ryan at 646-660-6744 or
       1:30-1:45  Ethics Bowl - Registration & Judge Orientation
       2:00-3:00  Ethics Bowl - Preliminary Debate 1
       3:15-4:15  Ethics Bowl - Preliminary Debate 2
       4:30-5:30  Ethics Bowl - Final Round
           Buffet Dinner          
       5:45-6:30  Presentation of the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics
                           Presentation of the Ethics Bowl Awards

See a video of this event.

Thursday, March 27

How to Report on the Rich & the Poor without Invading their Privacy

6:00-7:00pm, NVC: 14-250
The Journalism program welcomes David Cay Johnston, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting and longtime reporter for The New York Times. He explores a broad array of subject matters including: his investigative techniques, the growing popularity of papers having a beat on the super-rich, the renewed interest in poverty, and privacy issues. Johnston also draws from his new book, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill), Penguin Books, 2007.


Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus Ethics-  Across-the-Curriculum Initiative. Funding for the 4th Annual Ethics Bowl is generously provided by Lawrence M. Chang '68 and Leigh J. Abrams '64.

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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 2008 was organized by Associate Provost Dennis Slavin (646-660-6504).

See webpages from Ethics Week 2004, Ethics Week 2005, Ethics Week 2006, and Ethics Week 2007. See videos of some of the events of Ethics Week 2006.