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Dunn addresses ethics in higher education

Jan. 25, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The ethical issues common in higher education will be discussed in a Wednesday, Jan. 30, talk by Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn, as the campus's spring ethics lecture series continues.

Speaking at 7:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium, Dunn will cover a variety of such issues in a talk titled "Ethical Challenges Confronting Higher Education." The event, which is part of a series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Dunn is expected to identify and provide examples of some of the ethical challenges confronting today's major public universities. Examples will include questions related to the role of athletics, personnel decisions, acceptance of gifts, religion, and the conduct of research.

"Universities are complex organizational structures that address daily a variety of issues confronting students, faculty, staff and the larger public we serve," says Dunn. He notes that addressing and resolving such problems requires an understanding of the context and developing a response that is "reasoned, fair and defensible."

Dunn's presentation is the second in the Ethics Center's spring series, which includes presentations on ethical issues involving journalism, science, politics, political debate and the use of torture.

The WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society encourages and supports research, teaching and service to the University and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. Those areas include: business, education, engineering, government, health and human services, law, media, medicine, science and technology.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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