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.


Day 1

Opening Speech, James Keenan, S.J., and Keynote Speaker, Taylor Branch

Day 2

Keynote Speaker—Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University (2001–2012) 

Day 2

Beyond Tolerance: Higher Education's Diversity Dilemma—Nicholas Bowman, Ximena Zúñiga and Janet Helms

Day 2

Money and Transparency—Ronald Ehrenberg, Scott Jaschik and James Finkelstein

Day 2

The Silos of the University—Benjamin Ginsberg, Goldie Blumenstyk, and Kevin Kruger

Day 3

Faculty Panel—Maria Maisto, Peter Markie, and Debra Erickson

Day 3

Stakeholders—Margaret McKenna, Jackie Jenkins Scott, and Brian Linnane, S.J.

Day 3

Closing Panel: The Future of the University—Tim Balliett, Kelley Adams and Matthew Carnes, S.J., with Closing Remarks from James Keenan, S.J.

Committee Members

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

Conference Schedule

Conference program

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