Common Experience

WELCOME TO THE IU SOUTHEAST COMMON EXPERIENCE
An annual program designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation across campus, to strengthen the sense of community at Southeast and in the region, to encourage open discussion, civil discourse, and critical thinking, and to enhance the reputation of Southeast as a regional center of learning excellence.

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The theme of the 2013-14 Indiana University Southeast Common Experience is “Public and Private Ethics: Who Decides?”

We often speak of legal ethics, business ethics, sports ethics, research ethics, and medical ethics. What, then, is ethics? When you ask people to define ethics you get answers such as ethics has to do with what my feelings tell me is right or wrong or ethics has to do with my religious beliefs or being ethical is doing what the law requires. We know that a person’s feelings may actually deviate from what is ethical. While religions may advocate high ethical standards, ethics reaches beyond religious mandates. Being ethical is not the same thing as following the law. Laws are not necessarily ethical – think slavery. None of these answers is correct. Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.

Over the course of 2013-14 we are going to question, explore, and discuss the practice of ethics through the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and through a variety of presentations and programs that focus on human research, sports, medical research, poverty, AIDs, environmental issues, politics, and business.

(definition taken from Issues in Ethics, 1987)

Schedule of Events

September

Research Ethics for Faculty and Students

Tue., September 3, 2013 
University Center 127, 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Drone Warfare: Legal, Ethical, and Strategic Issues

Thu., September 19, 2013 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

How to Survive a Plague

Tue., September 24, 2013 
University Center 127, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Science of HeLa Cells for Beginners

Mon., September 30, 2013 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

October

The Tinker Tour: Mary Beth Tinker and Free Speech in Public Schools

Wed., October 9, 2013 
Stem Concert Hall, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Poverty Simulation

Wed., October 23, 2013 
Hoosier Room, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

November

Enron, White-Collar Crime, and Ethics

Wed., November 6, 2013 
University Center 127, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Tue., November 19, 2013 
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December

January

Sportsmanship vs. Gamesmanship

Tue., January 28, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

February

The Science of HeLa Cells for Beginners

Mon., February 10, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Miss Evers’ Boys

Mon., February 24, 2014 
University Center 127, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

March

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip

Thu., March 13, 2014 
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Religious Discussion Forum

Fri., March 14, 2014 
University Center 127, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

April

The Media and Environmental Concerns

Wed., April 2, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Mon., April 14, 2014 
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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