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.
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)
Global Conflict, Human Rights, and Ethics: Fire under the Snow, Tibetan Monks Discuss their Struggle against China