The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Seminar

Last updated on 4/25/03

Seminar Series for Spring 2003
Ethics Across and Beyond the Curriculum

This series is generously supported by the
Charles Dreifus Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative
and a grant from the Joseph Drown Foundation.


For information on the

May 1 roundtable discussion

and for access to the documents available
for that discussion, scroll
to the bottom of this page.

To what degree do ethical considerations inform the curriculum at Baruch College, which includes the largest accredited business school in the nation? Ethics figures prominently in the curricula of all three schools (see the linked list of required courses in ethics). Nevertheless, focusing on how ethics is taught and how we might teach ethics better is particularly appropriate at this time, hence the faculty seminar series for Spring 2003: Ethics Across and Beyond the Curriculum. As outlined below, the seminar will feature presentations and discussions led by nine faculty members (and guests) who have taken special interest in ethical considerations in their disciplines, which range from accountancy to art, from law to philosophy.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate.

- Each session will take place on a Thursday from 10am -noon (except as noted)
- Refreshments will be available.
- Please note that the locations listed below vary.

1. February 6 - Skylight Room (17 Lex, Room 306)

Douglas Carmichael (Accountancy)
Teaching Ethics: What do we want to achieve?
Guests: Abraham Briloff and Larry Zicklin
Larry Zicklin will discuss the course in Professional Responsibility that he teaches at NYU. See the linked syllabus for that course.

2. February 13 - Skylight Room (17 Lex, Room 306)

Douglas Lackey (Philosophy)
When Ethics Comes Up: How to Sustain an Ethics Discussion in the Classroom
See the handout for this discussion.

3. February 27 - Skylight Room (17 Lex, Room 306)

Gail Levin (Fine and Performing Arts)
Ethics and Collecting Art
Guest: Elizabeth A. Sackler (public historian)

4. March 6 - Vertical Campus, Room 14-270

Christopher Hallowell (English)
Ethics: the Responsibility of Journalism

5. March 13 - Vertical Campus, Room 14-270

Donald Schepers (Management)
The Role of Ethics and Leadership in Business Education
Guest: James Weber (Duquesne U.)
Prof. Weber kindly made his Powerpoint presentation and notes available for posting here.

6. March 20 - Skylight Room (17 Lex, Room 306)

Seth Lipner (Law)
Ethical Decision Making

7. March 27 - Skylight Room (17 Lex, Room 306)

CHANGE: This session will begin at 10:45
Daniel Williams (School of Public Affairs)

Democratic Sovereignty and Individual Responsibility

8. April 3 - Vertical Campus, Room 14-270

Thomas Heinrich (History)
The Andersen Scandal: A Historical Perspective

The collapse of Arthur Andersen is a severe blow to the American accounting profession. Andersen was not only one of the industry’s largest firms, but also helped pioneer computer consulting services, and for many decades considered itself the ethical Marine Corps of the accounting profession. Its inglorious end raises disturbing questions about the past, present, and future of the profession.

Heinrich examines the development of the firm from its founding in 1913, the rise of consulting services in the larger context of the post-World War II computer revolution, and the controversies that led to the breakup of the firm into Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting in 1997. Documenting that ethical concerns were "present at the creation" of Andersen’s consulting services in the 1940s, Professor Heinrich argues that Andersen began to downplay ethics-related problems in the 1970s and 1980s amidst seismic changes in the firm’s partnership and the profession writ large. These developments set the stage for the firm’s dramatic collapse in 2002.

9. April 10 - Vertical Campus, Room 14-270

Trudy Milburn (Communication Studies)
Ethics and Communication

10. May 1 - Vertical Campus, Room 14-270

Roundtable discussion
Ethics Across the Curriculum

Documents available for discussion: