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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2009

updated 4/20/09

Ethics Week 2009

March 23-28

Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus
Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative.

During Ethics Week, members of the Baruch faculty are encouraged to initiate discussions in their classrooms of ethical issues related to their subjects/disciplines. The schedule that follows lists special events featuring members of the Baruch community and invited guests.


Schedule of Events


Each Day During Ethics Week

Times TBA  

A Colleague in Your Classroom
Throughout Ethics Week, Prof. Jerry Bornstein (Deputy Chief Librarian) will join members of the faculty to help lead discussions in classrooms on Ethical Issues in the Information Age. Please contact Prof. Bornstein as soon as possible to arrange this – each year his schedule fills up quickly:  or  646-312-1615.


Monday, March 23


Ethics in the Intercultural Context
Lisa LaValle-Finan
of SIETAR Metro NY (Society of Intercultural Education, Training, and Research) will speak with Prof. Elisabeth Gareis’s COM 9656/IBS 9756 (International Business Communication) class. Additional seating is limited; anyone wishing to attend should contact Prof. Gareis at 646-312-3731.


Tuesday, March 24

12:30  (151 E. 25th St., BCTC Main Computing Lab, Room 620)

Social justice and Information Poverty
Johannes Britz
, Dean and Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This will be a live interactive web video presentation.

12:45  (Newman Vertical Campus, 14-290)

Teaching Ethics: How To Start Ethics Discussions and How Not To Snuff Them Out by Accident 
Prof. Douglas Lackey
(Philosophy) will host informal discussions with faculty colleagues on the subject of leading classroom discussions of ethics.
to Juan Pagan at:  or  646-660-6500.

5:45  (151 E. 25th St., Newman Conference Center, Room 750)

A reading and conversation with Harman Visiting Writer-in-Residence, George Packer. Mr. Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of several books, including The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which was named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by the New York Times Book Review, will address issues of journalistic ethics.


Wednesday, March 25

12:00-1:30  (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220)

The Zicklin Graduate Leadership Speaker Series
John Grifonetti (
BBA’90) President & CEO Creditex, Inc. An expert in electronic trading and brokerage, Grifonetti joined Creditex as President and COO in January 2006. He is a CPA and received a BBA in accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College. He is a trustee of the Baruch College Fund. Prof. Paquita Davis-Friday (Accountancy) will serve as moderator. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Students should dress in business attire (suits, jackets, dresses) and RSVP by March 18 to:

Thursday, March 26

12:30-2:00  (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 3-165)
Networking lunch at noon

Let’s Talk Ethics: the Student Recruiter’s Perspective
(See the video.) The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust present this panel discussion, which will feature:

  • John Elliott, moderator, Dean, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
  • Ken Bouyer, Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ernst & Young
  • Andre Lee, National Director of Talent Management, InRoads
  • Blane Ruschak, Executive Director of University Relations & Recruiting, KPMG

Senior recruiters and subject matter experts from leading national companies will share with students ethical traps to avoid during the recruiting process, as well as campus and volunteer activities that highlight their positive moral and ethical standing. A light networking lunch will be provided. The forum will end promptly at 2:00 p.m. 

Register (complimentary to all Baruch College students, staff, and faculty members) at  or  646-312-3231 or

4:00-6:00    (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220)

Presentation of the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics
Presentation of these prizes this year will be part of the college’s annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony, which honors full-time members of the faculty for publications, external grants, and creative achievements. The Briloff Prizes are intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life. Honoring Abraham J. Briloff, Emmanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus, these prizes are awarded annually to a faculty member (full time and/or adjunct) who has written an important topical article, essay, or book on ethics, and to a student or students (undergraduate and/or graduate) who has written an outstanding research paper or essay.


Friday, March 27

9:30am  (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-269)

The Great Enabler:  The Role of Technology in Ethics and Social Responsibility
Prof. Linda Weiser Friedman (Statistics & Computer Information Systems) will present on this topic at Baruch College’s 12th Annual Teaching and Technology Conference. For the full program, see    
Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-269



Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus Ethics-  Across-the-Curriculum Initiative.

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Some background information about
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 2009 was organized by Associate Provost Dennis Slavin (646-660-6504).

See webpages from Ethics Week 2004, Ethics Week 2005, Ethics Week 2006, Ethics Week 2007, and Ethics Week 2008. See videos of some of the events of Ethics Week 2006.