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A Crisis of Conscience:
What Do We Owe Immigrant Youth and Families?

September 16, 2014 | 6 p.m.  |  Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, Pope Auditorium

As thousands of unaccompanied children stream into the United States and thousands more remain behind while their parents are deported, Americans remain sharply divided about what constitutes a just policy toward immigrant youth and families. How do we balance the best interests of children and parents against U.S. economic aspirations and a sharply divided electorate? View conference website.  


The Value of Liberal Arts Education and America's Future

April 28 2014 | Lincoln Center Campus
113 W. 60th St., 12th Floor Lounge

The current economic climate has raised critical questions regarding the cost, scope and purpose of a college education in the United States, including the value of liberal arts curricula. Traditionally, American higher education sought to teach critical thinking skills, foster leadership abilities, prepare students for future careers, and produce ethically informed and engaged citizens. Recent concerns about soaring student debt and narrowing job opportunities, however, have prompted calls for colleges to prioritize vocational and technical instruction aimed at preparing students for immediate employment, raising fundamental questions about the moral ramifications of disinvestment in liberal arts education.

This multidisciplinary conference addressed urgent concerns regarding the cost and content of college education, and examined the value of the liberal arts in shaping active moral leaders to promote the common good.

For more information and to view a video of the event, view the conference webpage.

 Careers in Ethics Panel

March 27 2014 | Rose Hill Campus
6:00 pm

Ethics professionals and recent Ethics and Society graduates participated in an interactive panel about ethics-related careers.  View a video recording of th event.

Humans in Nature: the World as We Find It and the World as We Create It

February 12 2014 | Rose Hill Campus
O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library | 12:30 pm

  • Can we identify “natural” states of affairs at all, especially in light of the degree to which humans have been remaking nature?
  • Can concern about the human relationship to nature make any moral sense?
  • And could that concern about the human relationship to nature be legitimately taken up into public policy and political discourse?

    Drawing on his book Humans in Nature: The World As We Find It and the World As We Create It, Gregory Kaebnick, editor of the Hastings Center Report and a research scholar at The Hastings Center, provided a qualified defense of the preservationist instinct toward nature.

    Cultivating Moral Persons: Buddhist Ethics in Conversation

    November 13 2013 | Rose Hill Campus

    Fordham post-doctoral Fellow Dr. Joshua Schapiro (Theology) presented on his work at the most recent Ethics Colloquium on Wednesday, November 13th. Schapiro discussed Buddhist forms of meditation meant to cultivate compassion and moral growth. Dr. Christopher Gowans, Chair of Fordham University's Department of Philosophy, provided a response that focused on the importance of non-attachment and wisdom. See a description of the event.

    Bringing LGBT Content into the Fordham Classroom:
    A Faculty Dialogue on Curricula, Pedagogy, and Classroom Climate

    October 2 2013 | Rose Hill Campus

    In spring 2013, a study on the status of gender and sexual minority students at Fordham revealed that many such students experience fear, harassment, discrimination, and social isolation in a variety of spaces at Fordham, including residence halls, athletic teams, clubs, and classrooms. These experiences negatively impact their academic performance, self esteem, and overall college experience.

    In response, Fordham faculty and teaching fellows participated in an open discussion on creating LGBTQ-inclusive classroom experiences. In particular, the luncheon included brief presentations by Fordham faculty and an interdisciplinary dialogue on university mission and the dignity of all students, discipline-relevant LGBTQ curricula, affirming and safe classroom climate for all students, and classroom conversations about sexual and gender diversity. View our recommendations and resources for creating LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. Sponsored by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.

    Aging Well with HIV: Challenges and Opportunities

    March 25 2013 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Half of those living with HIV in the U.S. will be over 50 by 2015. Addressing the behavioral health needs of this population is critical to promote successful aging. Many older adults with HIV have the triple diagnoses of HIV, depression, and substance use, exacerbated by stigma, ageism, racism, poverty, and social isolation. Students and professionals are encouraged to attend to meet local leaders in the field and learn more about future directions in this emerging domain.

    Featured speakers include: Richard Havlik (Former Chief of Epidemiology, National Institute on Aging), Sarit Golub (Associate Professor f Psychology, Hunter College), Perry Halkitis (Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies, Steinhardt School, New York University), Claudia Moreno (Lecturer, Columbia University School of Social Work), Celia Fisher (Director, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education), and Stephen Karpiak (Senior Director for Research and Evaluation, ACRIA). Sponsored by the Be the Evidence Project, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, and the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.

    Jailing for Dollars: The Moral Costs of Privatizing Justice

    April 23 2013 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Over the past 30 years, the United States has become the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails. Harsher laws and longer sentences have led to an explosive increase in prison over-crowding and economic burdens for state governments; with little evidence of increased public safety. Efforts to ease the financial pressures on municipalities have given rise to government contracted for-profit prison companies. Once considered a free-market solution to the prison crises, the privatization of incarceration in the U.S. has raised urgent moral questions about the policies and practices of the criminal justice system and the nature and doing of justice. View more information about this event.

    Careers in Ethics: A Panel of Professionals and Ethics and Society Graduates

    February 7 2013 | Rose Hill Campus

    On February 7th, the Ethics and Society program organized an exciting panel of outside professionals and Ethics and Society graduates engaged in or pursuing a variety of ethics-related careers. Learn more about our Careers in Ethics panel.

    The American Gun Debate: Trust, Violence and the Eclipse of Reason

    November 7 2012 | Rose Hill Campus

    Our second Ethics Colloquium Series of the semester featured Dr. Saul Cornell, one of the nation's leading authorities on early American constitutional thought and author of The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Whose Right to Bear Arms Did the Second Amendment Protect? (St. Martin's Press, 2000).

    The Decision to Trust

    October 17 2012 | Rose Hill Campus

    Our first Ethics Colloquium Series of the semester was led by Professor Robert Hurley (GBA), who discussed his new book "The Decision to Trust: How Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations." A faculty response was delivered by Center associate director Barbara Hilkert Andolsen (Theology).

    Money, Media and the Battle for Democracy's Soul

    April 24 2012 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Current national debates have focused on the growing political influence of money and mass media in the electoral arena and its implications for public trust, integrity and the democratic values of an informed, active, and unduly influenced citizenry. With the backdropof the 2012 elections, this conference featured a distinguished multidisciplinary group of legal scholars, policymakers, political leaders, and journalists (including former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, NBC News journalist Chuck Todd, and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart) to address important topics of public dialogue. See the list of speakers and more information about the conference.

    Catholic Idealism vs. Economic Realism
    The Vatican's Note on Reforming the International FinancialSystem

    March 29 2012 | Rose Hill Campus

    In October 2011, the Vatican released a 41-page document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority.” In this lecture, Fordham faculty discussed the sweeping reforms proposed. Speakers included Dr. Christine Hinze (Professor of Christian Ethics and Director, Curran Center on American Catholic Studies), Dr. Heny Schawlbenberg (associate profess or economics) and Dr. Adam Fried (assistant director, Center for Ethics Education). Sponsored by the Curran Center on American Catholic Studies, Gradaute Program in International Political and Economy Development and the Center for Ethics Education.

    Cura Personalis: Faculty Voices Against Hate Speech on Campus

    March 21 2012 | Rose Hill Campus

    Members of Fordham's Faculty offered brief perspectives on issues raised by the recent hate speech incidents and in response to Father McShane's call to move the campus toward the fulfillment of the Jesuit maxim cura personalis. Presentations were followed by a faculty-student discussion and catered reception. View a video update about the forum.

    Valuing Health: Benefit Disparities and Global Development Aid in Population Philosophical Ethics

    November 16 2011 | Rose Hill Campus

    This faculty ethics seminar was led by Professor Gerard Vong (philosophy) and the response was delivered by Robert Brent (economics). If we can only administer one medical drug that saves a small number of peoples' lives or another that cures the minor ailments of a vast number of people, which ought we to administer? On the basis of such cases where the individual benefits between different options are qualitatively disparate, Professor Vong challenged widely used measurements of health and disease burden. He argued that while useful, such measurements obscure ethicallyimportant features of the distribution of healthcare and development benefits.

    What Do We Owe Veterans? Moral and Clinical Perspectives
    A Faculty Ethics Seminar

    October 12 2011 | Rose Hill Campus

    Presented by Nicholas Tampio (Political Science)
    Adam Fried (Center for Ethics Education).

    Talk Description: America is currently embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with tens of thousands of injured and traumatized veterans returning home. This seminar offered moral and clinical perspectives on the following questions:

  • What are our moral obligations to injured veterans?
  • What are the long-term consequences of war-related traumas and how should we treat or compensatewounded veterans?
  • What are the post-war human and economic costs and how do they influence our thinking about future wars?


    Moral Outrage and Moral Repair:
    Reflections on 9/11 and its Afterlife

    April 12 2011 | Lincoln Center Campus

    A decade has passed since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, debate over methods of preventing future harms while preserving our moral integrity has raised complex questions that touch upon issues of rights, redress and our common humanity.Featuring a distinguished multidisciplinary group of policy makers, theologians, legal scholars, moral philosophers and social scientists, this conference sought to advance public dialogue and moral understandings as the country continues to grapple with these tensions. Learn more about this event.

    Moral Reconciliation, Forgiveness, and Repair:
    Film Viewing and Discussion

    April 6 2011 | Lincoln Center Campus

    This documentary and discussion focused on moral reconciliation, forgiveness, and repair related to acts of evil and wrong-doing, such as 9/11 and other acts of terrorism, the atrocities of the Holocaust, and genocide in Rwanda. The film (“The Power of Forgiveness”) includes stories and interviews with people from many faith traditions, including Buddhist (Thich Nhat Hanh), Islamic (Azim Khamisa), Jewish (Nobel Peace LaureateElie Wiesel), and Christian (Rev. James Forbes), on topics on forgiveness and reconciliation. The documentary was followed by a student discussion led by Professor Barbara Hilkert Andolsen (Theology). Learn more about this event.

    Faculty Ethics Seminar Series: 2010-11

    February 16, 2011: Luncheon & Faculty Ethics Seminar. Jada Strabbing (philosophy) will present on "Moral Responsibility for Actions and Attitudes: Connections to Psychological Disorders and Criminal Justice." Barry Rosenfeld (psychology) provided a response, followed by general faculty discussion. (O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library)

    November 18, 2010: Panel presentation and general discussion: "When the Sparrow Falls: Jewish, Christian, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Evil and Suffering." Speakers include Fr. Thomas Regan, S.J., Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard and Dr. Lisa Cataldo. (reception to follow; O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library)
    September 22, 2010: Lunch and interdisciplinary roundtable discussion of the award-winning novel, The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, focusing on the seminar themes of evil and suffering. (University Commons, Duane Library)


    Moral Heat: Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Regulation and Economics in the 21st Century

    April 20 2010 | Rose Hill Campus

    With presentations from a number of distinguished and well-known academics, business leaders, regulatory officers, and ethics scholars, this multidisciplinary conference explored the intersections and tensions between the ethics of environmental sustainability, the workings of markets, and the roles of government and civil society in protecting and advancing an ecologically-responsible common good in the 21st century. View the conference website.

    Privacy Rights and Wrongs: Balancing Moral Priorities for the 21st Century

    April 21 2009 | Lincoln Center Campus

    For more information on this event, see the conference site.

    Pulpit Politics: Gender, Religion and Social Justice in 2008

    April 22 2008 | Lincoln Center Campus

    This conference addressed major issues at the intersection of gender and social justice, and the role religious traditions play in understanding and advancing positions on these issues in the public arena, particularly in the United States in an election year. We live in an era of change and public contention over a host of issues relating to marriage, family and men’s and women’s participation in communities, workplaces and politics. Because they involve understandings of justice and well-being for individuals and groups, gender-related social and political debates inevitably implicate moral and religious questions. Offering a spectrum of informed religious and interdisciplinary perspectives, the conference aimed to provide a forum for considering social justice and equality for men and women, as well as illuminating ways that gender-related beliefs and practices, which are often religiously influenced, affect economic and social policy and female representation in government. Special attention was given to how these questions may influence the 2008 presidential campaign and its outcomes. The keynote address was delivered by Donna Brazile, Chair of the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute, former campaign manager for Gore 2000 and author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics (Simon & Schuster, 2004). For more information, see the conference website.

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Moral Questions for the 21st Century

    April 17 2007 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Sponsored by the Center for Ethics Education, the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, and the Natural Law Colloquium

    The debate over stem cell research is one of the complex moral issues confronting us today: not just as scientists and politicians, but also as patients and caregivers. As human beings living at the forefront of change, it is essential that we equip ourselves with the knowledge and the courage necessary to confront this most difficult of issues. This conference brought together experts in science, medicine, law, theology and philosophy to address such bioethics-related questions as: What is embryonic stem cell research? What is the state of the science? What is the state of the moral question from a faith perspective? What are the ethical implications for human dignity and rights? What should be the role of the state in restricting or regulating embryonic stem cell research? For more information, view the conference program.

    'Minimal Risk' in Behavioral Science Research: A Decisional Framework for Investigators and IRBs

    April 29 - May 1 2005 | Lincoln Center Campus

    This conference brought together key stakeholders to discuss issues related to the responsible evaluation of risk in behavioral science research. Sponsored by the American Psychological Association Science Directorate and Fordham University's Center forEthics Education. See more information about this event.

    Reflections on the End of Life: Schiavo Plus One

    April 27 2006 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Sponsored by the Centerfor Ethics Education and
    the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture


    Health Care Reform in an Unhealthy State

    April 13 2005 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Lecture by Maev-Ann Wren, award-winning and internationally prominenteconomist, journalist for the Irish Times andauthorof Unhealthy State: Anatomy of a Sick Society (published in June 2003). Wren has been quoted in Dail debate on health care reform.

    Discussant: Dale Tussing, Professor of Economics, Syracuse University

    Just Allocation of Health Care Resources

    March 9 2005 | Rose Hill Campus

    George Annas, JD, MPH, Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine and School of Law. He is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians.

    Discussant: Jeffrey Blustein, Ph.D., Professor, Montefiore Medical Center

    Bio-Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century:
    Responsibility, Sustainability, and Public Trust

    January 10 2005 | Lincoln Center Campus

    On January 10-11, 2005, the Center hosted “Bio-Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century: Responsibility, Sustainability, and Public Trust,” a summit involving numerous stakeholders, including industry, government, consumers, public advocates, academic investigators, healthcare scholars, hospitals and other health service institutions and the public. The goals were to generate recommendations for a socially responsible andsustainable healthcare/research industry as well as to inform public understanding and policy on clinical trials registries. For more information, see the conference website.

    Moral Goods and Moral Obligations

    September 29 2004 | Rose Hill Campus

    Lecture by John Drummond, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Fordham University

    The Just War Tradition and Natural Law

    September 9 2004 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Lecture by Jean Bethke Elshtain, Ph.D., University of Chicago, as part of the Natural Law Colloquium

    Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Human Genome Research

    April 14 2004 | Rose Hill Campus

    Lecture by Thomas Murray, Ph.D., President of The Hastings Center

    When Science Offers Salvation: Advocacy's Impact on Research Ethics, Policy and Law

    March 11 2004 | Lincoln Center Campus

    Lecture by Rebecca Dresser, J.D., Ph.D., Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law & Professor of Ethics in Medicine at Washington University School of Law

    Research Involving Human Embryonic Stem Cells

    February 11 2004 | Rose Hill Campus

    A lecture by Margaret Farley, Ph.D., Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School

    Wisdom, Learning, and Justice in Health Care Research

    November 12 2003 | Rose Hill Campus

    Installation of Dr. Celia B. Fisher as Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology.

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