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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2015

Last updated on 3/23/15

Ethics Week 2015
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.


Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics

The winners of the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics for 2014 will be announced during Ethics Week.


Schedule of Events


Wednesday, March 18, 2:30-4:00pm, 151 E. 25th Street (Newman Library Building), Room 763

Teaching Ethics: How to Start Ethics Discussions and How Not to Snuff Them Out by Accident


Part of the March 18 orientation event for new faculty, a series organized by the Provost’s Office, will be an informal presentation and discussion by Professor Douglas Lackey (Department of Philosophy) on the subject of leading classroom discussions of ethics.



Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-8:00pm, 151 E. 25th Street (Newman Library Building), Room 750

Edward Bernays and the Century of the Selfie


Stuart Ewen is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College, and in the Ph.D. Programs in History, Sociology and American Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center. He is generally considered one of the originators of the field of Media Studies, and his writings have continued to shape debates in the field. The author of a number of influential books, most notably PR! A Social History of Spin, Ewen will excavate the panorama of individual self-promotion that permeates the Internet today and explore the extent to which it may, invisibly, continue to bring people’s opinions into cooperation with the goals and interests of those in power. This lecture is in commemoration of the 20th year anniversary of Edward Bernays's death.


This event is sponsored by Corporate Communication International at Baruch College/CUNY. Complimentary online pre-registration is requested. Contact:


For more information:


Thursday, March 26, Noon-2:15, 151 E. 25th Street (Newman Library Building), Room 750

The Ethics of Compassion: New Drugs, Desperate Patients, and Corporate Responsibilities


Join The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity for a luncheon presentation by renowned bioethicist Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD. Dr. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center's Department of Population Health. He has served on a number of national and international committees including as Chair of: the National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group; the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning; and the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability. He is currently the ethics advisor on synthetic biology to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an agency of the United States Department of Defense. Recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association and the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, Dr. Caplan was a USA Today "Person of the Year- 2001" and was described as one of the "Ten Most Influential People in Science" by Discover magazine in 2008. He has also been honored as one of the "Fifty Most Influential People in American Health Care" by Modern Health Care magazine, one of the "Ten Most Influential People in America in Biotechnology” by the National Journal, and one of the "Ten Most Influential People in the Ethics of Biotechnology" by the editors of Nature Biotechnology.


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend: register online or by phone at 646-312-3231, or via e-mail to


For more information:


Thursday, March 26, 4:10pm, NVC 14-270

On Ethics and Political Reform


Frank Barry, who served as New York City’s Director of Public Affairs under Mayor Bloomberg, will be presenting on the issue of ethics and political reform in the New York government to Professor Robert Walsh's PAF 3343 (Building Cities: Markets and Government) and Professor Marco DeSena's PAF 4199 (Running for Public Office) classes. Author of The Scandal of Reform: The Grand Failures of New York's Political Crusaders and the Death of Nonpartisanship (Rutgers University Press, 2009), Barry has also helped spearhead a number of reform initiatives in New York, including revisions to the city's campaign finance and lobbying laws. Here he examines the evolution of political reform from the frontlines of New York City's recent reform wars.


Friday, March 27, 12:30-2pm, NVC 8-190 (Feit Seminar Room)

Ethical Writing and Research (student workshop)


In this workshop, students will learn to:

  • Describe the benefits to readers of a writer’s comprehensive, ethical attribution.
  • Accurately and fairly summarize a short, provided text.
  • Describe the rhetorical benefits of comprehensive, ethical attribution, such as establishing authority, earning readerly trust, supporting claims, and enabling writers to participate in scholarly conversations. 


Students can sign up in the Writing Center or via the Center’s online scheduler:


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 2011 is organized by Associate Provost Dennis Slavin (646-660-6504).

See webpages from Ethics Week 2004, Ethics Week 2005, Ethics Week 2006, Ethics Week 2007, Ethics Week 2008, Ethics Week 2009, Ethics Week 2010 Ethics Week 2011 Ethics Week 2012, Ethics Week 2013, and Ethics Week 2014.

See videos of some of the events of Ethics Week 2006.