Toward a Culture of University Ethics
April 5–7, 2017
This conference aimed to raise a range of ethical issues that unfortunately, but routinely, arise at institutions of higher education: undereducated student athletes; unsustainable tuition; gender bias; sexual violence; cheating and plagiarism; accountability of tenured faculty, administrators, and trustee members; binge drinking; conflicts around race, class and homophobia; treatment of adjunct faculty. The list goes on. The simple question that this conference engages is: When we connect the dots of all these varied ethical interruptions and see that what they all have in common is the university, ought we not ask, "Does the university culture promote or enable these harmful, compromising policies and practices? And if so, what do we do?"
Sponsored by the Jesuit Institute, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and Lowell Humanities Series.
Opening Speech, James Keenan, S.J., and Keynote Speaker, Taylor Branch
Keynote Speaker—Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University (2001–2012)
Beyond Tolerance: Higher Education's Diversity Dilemma—Nicholas Bowman, Ximena Zúñiga and Janet Helms
Money and Transparency—Ronald Ehrenberg, Scott Jaschik and James Finkelstein
The Silos of the University—Benjamin Ginsberg, Goldie Blumenstyk, and Kevin Kruger
Faculty Panel—Maria Maisto, Peter Markie, and Debra Erickson
Stakeholders—Margaret McKenna, Jackie Jenkins Scott, and Brian Linnane, S.J.
Closing Panel: The Future of the University—Tim Balliett, Kelley Adams and Matthew Carnes, S.J., with Closing Remarks from James Keenan, S.J.
Treseanne Ainsworth, English
Elizabeth Bagnani, Accounting
Kathleen Bailey, Political Science
Tiziana Dearing, GSSW
Natana Delong-Bas, Theology
Maria Kakavas, Classical Studies
James Keenan, SJ, Jesuit Institute
Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages
Michael Martin, A & S Honors
Jeremiah McGrann, Music
Karen Miller, History
Juan Montes, CSOM
Hiroshi Nakazato, International Studies
Erik Owens, Theology
Toni Ross, Jesuit Institute
Meghan Sweeney, Theology
Mary Troxell, Philosophy
Holly Vandewall, Philosophy
Celeste Wells, Communication