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Ethics lecture looks at lives of extraordinary people

Oct. 25, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- What are the similarities of highly motivated, moral people?

Using examples from in-depth interviews with 10 extraordinary professionals she has met, Dr. Muriel Bebeau, a professor in the Department of Preventive Sciences at the University of Minnesota, will discuss "Moral Exemplars: What Do They Contribute to Our Understanding of Identity Formation and Moral Motivation?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center. Her talk, which is part of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society Lecture Series, will focus on understanding moral motivation as it unfolds across a lifetime.

"It seems that public discussion of ethics tends to center around wrongdoing," says Dr. Michael Pritchard, WMU professor of philosophy. "We need models of exemplary professional practice also, and Dr. Bebeau should help us better appreciate what this involves."

In addition to her public lecture, Bebeau will also speak to the campus community on "Creating a Learning Environment that Fosters Integrity in Research" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Brown and Gold Room of the Bernhard Center.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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