Moral Responsibility for Actions and Attitudes
February 16, 2011: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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:
Lunch and Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion
September 22, 2010: 12 - 2 p.m.
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.
Panel presentation and general discussion: "When the Sparrow Falls: Jewish, Christian, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Evil and Suffering” (reception to follow; O'Hare Special Collections Room, Walsh Library).
November 18, 2010: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Speakers included Fr. Thomas Regan, SJ, 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.
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.
"Character Matters: Virtue Ethics in Business Ethics and across the Disciplines"
November 11, 2009
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.
Ethics Faculty Seminar Series Luncheon
September 16, 2009
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.