WMU News

Ethics presentation series kicks off 15th year

Sept. 8, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The ethics involved in such issues as rehabilitation, assisted suicide and leadership are among the topics that will be examined in presentations scheduled this fall by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University.

Celebrating its 15th year, the center's annual series of public presentations features scholars from both inside and outside the University who address a variety of ethical issues. The presentations are free and open to the public.

WMU's dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Elise B. Jorgens, will kick off the series on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Jorgens will explore "The Quality of Mercy, the Public Trust and Ethics in Higher Education" at 3 p.m. in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center. She will discuss what she considers the essential factors in making ethical decisions, the impact those factors have on academic issues faced by faculty and administrators, and the ethical dilemmas confronting the future of higher education in the United States.

Jorgens, who has been dean of the University's largest college since 1996, previously was an associate dean of that college. A former professor of music and English, she has a bachelor's degree in English from Carleton College and a doctoral degree in musicology from City University of New York.

Other presentations scheduled by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society this fall are:

Tuesday, Oct. 3 - "Leadership for Civil Society: Implications for Leadership Development," Dr. Nicholas A. Andreadis, WMU assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, at 7 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center;

Thursday, Oct. 19 - "Ethical Considerations for Rehabilitation Professionals: A New Perspective," Dr. Herman Triezenberg, chairperson of the Department of Health Promotion and Rehabilitation at Central Michigan University, at 7 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall;

Thursday, Nov. 9 - "A Compromise on Assisted Suicide," Dr. Martin Benjamin, professor of philosophy, Michigan State University, at 7 p.m. in Room 204 in the Bernhard Center; and

Monday, Nov. 13 - "WMU Ethics Bowl Demonstration," featuring WMU's student ethics bowl team, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lee Honors College.

More presentations will be added at a later date.

For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (616) 387-4397.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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