Ethics Colloquium Series
The annual Ethics Colloquium Series brings together faculty from across schools and disciplines at Fordham to discuss emerging and recent scholarship on ethics and ethics-related topics, and to develop ideas for cross-disciplinary team-taught courses. All Fordham faculty and graduate students are warmly invited to attend. Faculty interested in leading a seminar discussion are encouraged to contact Dr. Adam Fried, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics Education.
2013-14 Ethics Colloquium Series
Cultivating Moral Persons: Buddhist Ethics in Conversation
Wednesday, November 13th, 1-2:15 pm., Rose Hill Campus (location TBA)
How do Buddhist communities aspire to create compassionate people? In this short lecture, Joshua Schapiro, postdoctoral fellow in theology at Fordham University, will dispel the pessimistic mischaracterization of Buddhist ethics and instead suggest the usefulness of pain in cultivating moral persons. Christopher Gowans, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Fordham, will offer a brief response. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics Education and the Department of Theology.
2012-13 Ethics Colloquium Series
Hope and Despair: Responding to the Global HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Friday, April 5th, 12 pm. O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library
Our spring Ethics Colloquium Series featured the work of noted HIV researcher Dr. Timothy Flanigan (Brown University School of Medicine). In this lecture. Dr. Flanigan discusses nature and effectiveness of HIV prevention strategies in a global context. He argues that the traditional risk-centered approah of HIV prevention may have certain limitations and, instead, advocates for a person-centered approach to prevention strategies.
The American Gun Debate: Trust, Violence, and the Eclipse of Reason
Wednesday, November 7th, 1:30 pm. Dealy Hall - Room 324
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 Amendament Protect? (St. Martin's Press, 2000).
The Decision to Trust
Wednesday, October 17th, 2pm. Dealy Hall - Room 324
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).
2011-12 Ethics Colloquium Series
Wednesday, November 16th
Gerard Vong (Philosophy) presented for the second Ethics Colloquium Series, followed by a response by Robert Brent (Economics). The lecture was well attended and addressed the following dilemma: 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 ethically important features of the distribution of healthcare and development benefits.
What do We Owe our Veterans?
October 12, 2011: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Nicholas Tampio (Political Science) and Adam Fried (Center for Ethics Education) presented on clinical and philosophical perspectives regarding our moral obligations towards injured veterans, long term consequences of war-related trauma, and post-war human and economic cost thinking towards future wars.
2010-2011 Ethics Colloquium Series
Moral Responsibility for Actions and Attitudes
February 16, 2011: 11:30 am- 1 pm:
Jada Strabbing (philosophy) presented on the topic "Moral Responsibility for Actions and Attitudes: Connections to Psychological Disorders and Criminal Justice." Barry Rosenfeld (psychology) then provided a response to Dr. Stabbing's talk, which was followed by a general faculty and graduate student discussion on the role of moral responsibility as applied to psychological disorders within the criminal justice system. With over 50 people in attendance from the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, theology, history, and ethics, the presentation and conversation were interesting and provocative!
"Literary, Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Evil and Suffering.”
The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies (CACS) and the Center for Ethics Education co-sponsored an exciting two-part fall seminar series entitled
"Literary, Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Evil and Suffering.” The fall series included two events:
September 22, 2010: 12 - 2 pm: 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). Over thirty faculty participated in this lively discussion, which focused on several of the issues raised throughout the book related to otherness, suffering, pain, and traumatic challenges to the faith and lives of the central characters.
November 18, 2010: 4 - 5:30 pm: Panel presentation and general discussion: "When the Sparrow Falls: Jewish, Christian, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Evil andSuffering” (reception to follow; O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library). Speakers included Fr. Thomas Regan, S.J., Provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus 2003-2009, Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Director of Organizational Development at The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and Dr. Lisa Cataldo, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Presentations were followed by a general discussion onreligious perspectives on evil and suffering, trauma and the religious experience, and theodicy. The event concluded with a reception with panel presenters, faculty, and students.
About the Book:
Mary Doria Russell’s award-winning 1996 novel, The Sparrow, provocatively portrays themes of evil and suffering in a fictional story of the first exploratory journey from earth to the planet Rakhat, an expedition organized and sponsored by the Jesuits. The multi-disciplinary and international team is headed by charismatic and saintly Puerto Rican priest, Fr. Emil Santos. As the story begins, Fr. Santos is back on earth following themission, during which it is clear something went terribly wrong. Thus begins a tale that takes up many themes, including the encounter with evil and suffering and its challenges to faith and human meaning.
2009-10 Ethics Colloquium Series
February 17, 2010: "Embryology, Stem Cell Biology, and the Moral Status of the Embryo"
The Center for Ethics Education hosted its first Faculty Ethics Seminar of the spring 2010 semester on February 17th. Jason Morris (assistant professor of biology in the department of natural sciences) presented his ongoing work concerning the moral status of the embryo by providing an overview of research findings from biology and medicine about embryology and how some ethicists are using (and perhaps misusing) biological data to further arguments about when exactly life begins. Charles Camosy (assistant professor of theology) provided a response. The group, which represented a diverse group of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, biology, psychology, communications, business, and political science, discussed various theories of substance, personhood, and human dignity.
November 11, 2009: "Character Matters:Virtue Ethics in Business Ethics and across the Disciplines"
Professor Miguel Alzola (Fordham Schools of Business) provided a brief overview of his work in this area. A general faculty discussion about virtue ethics, as related to professional contexts and in general, followed. Discussion centered on virtue ethics as a concept (definitions, assumptions, relationship to character and personality), and how virtue ethics are applied across disciplines, especially with respect to applied ethics. A diverse group of faculty representing the Fordham University Schools of Business, philosophy, theology, and psychology attended.
September 16, 2009: Ethics Faculty Seminar Series Luncheon
Hosted by the Center for Ethics Education, this luncheon gathered faculty from across schools and disciplines at Fordham to discuss emerging and recent Fordham research on ethics and ethics-related topics, exchange information and ideas about ethics-focused scholarship, and to discuss the Center's new Master's degree program in Ethics and Society. At this luncheon, faculty provided topic ideas and suggestions for upcoming seminars, which will include: virtue ethics across the disciplines, work and ethics, and research ethics.