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Fall ethics lectures address wide range of issues

Sept. 26, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Everything from No Child Left Behind legislation to stem cell research will be explored this fall as part of a series of programs put on by Western Michigan University's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

The series begins Thursday, Oct. 4, with a presentation by Dr. Michael Davis titled "Of All Professions Begging is the Best: Some Problems in the Study of Professions." Davis is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor of philosophy at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

Before coming to IIT in 1986, Davis taught at Case-Western Reserve, Illinois State, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. For 1985-86, he held a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Since 1991, he has won--among other grants--three from the National Science Foundation to integrate ethics into technical courses.

Davis has published more than 120 articles and chapters, has written seven books and edited or co-edited four others. His books often deal with ethics and ethical conflicts in various professions. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1972.

WMU's Center for the Study in 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, but are not restricted to: business, education, engineering, government, health and human services, law, media, medicine, science and technology.

Fall 2007 Ethics Center Lectures

All ethics center programs are free and open to the public.

Oct. 4, Dr. Michael Davis, "Of All Professions Begging is the Best: Some Problems in the Study of Professions," senior fellow, Center for the Study of Ethics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 7:30 p.m., 208 Bernhard Center.

Oct. 18, Drs. Paul Farber and Allison Kelaher-Young, WMU professor and associate professor, respectively, of teaching, learning and educational studies, "Rethinking No Child Left Behind," 5:30 p.m., 210 Bernhard Center.

Oct. 30, Dr. Peggy DesAutels, associate professor of philosophy, University of Dayton, "Resisting Organizational Power, 7:30 p.m., 208 Bernhard Center.

Nov. 1, Dr. Anand Vaidya, professor of philosophy, San Jose State University, "Experimental Philosophy: the Current Debate," 7:30 p.m., 242 Bernhard Center.

Nov. 7, Dr. Insoo Hyun, assistant professor of bioethics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and formerly WMU assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, "The 'Other' Stem Cell Debate," 4 p.m., 212 Bernhard Center.

Nov. 13, Dr. James C. Mitchiner, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, "Single-Payer National Health Insurance Plan," 7:30 p.m., Putney Auditorium, Fetzer Center.

Dec. 1, Dr. Shaun Nichols, professor of philosophy, University of Arizona, presentation title, time and place to be announced.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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