Previous Topics and Titles of the Ethics Center Colloquium

The Ethics Center Colloquium

To promote networking among Centers and a forum for sharing ideas, the Association has, from the beginning, held an Ethics Center Colloquium at the Annual Meeting to provide special programming for Center Directors. There are usually sixty to eighty Ethics Center Directors in attendance. The Colloquium provides an opportunity for Ethics Center Directors to meet and share ideas, problems, and solutions. For those thinking of starting an ethics center, it is also an opportunity to meet Center Directors and develop a network. Topics of the Colloquium or titles of presentations over the years have included:


1. Is There an Ethics Center in Your Future? Considerations in Starting an Ethics Center

2. Issues in Ethics Institute Leadership

“Our Theoretical Basis: How to Establish Credibility of Our Work”

“Problems in Process: Organizational Structure, Funding, Successful Activities, Participants”

“The Public Role of an Ethics Center: How Do We Increase the Impact of Our Work Now and Into the Next Century?”

3. Innovative Projects of Ethics Centers: Center Development and Outreach

“Getting Ethics Downtown”

“WWW Ethics Center for Engineering Ethics”

“Illinois Institute of Technology’s On-Line Ethics Codes Project”

“Ethics Education in Corporations: An Opportunity for Collaboration?”

“Opportunities for Funding: National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education”

4. Acquiring Resources and Defining a Mission

“The Board Member Perspective”

“Building a Center of Distinction”

“Advisory Boards That Give More than Advice”

“The Intersection Between Media Ethics and Law: Mission Impossible?”

“Trying to Bridge the Gap Between “B” Schools, Humanities Faculties, and a Local Business Community.”

“Going public: Defining a Mission that Extends Beyond the Academy” Knowing What Your Mission is, Makes Life Easier–Not Easy, but Easier”

5. Starting and Growing an Ethics Center

“Nurturing the University-Ethics Center Relationship”

“Linking the Ethics Center to Business and Professional Schools”

“Starting an Ethics Center”

“Using Ethics Across the Curriculum to Promote Undergraduate Moral and Civic Responsibility”

6. Ethics Centers and the Academic Program

“Why Create an Advanced Degree Program?”

“How to Structure a Degree Program in Practical Ethics and What to Include”

“Maintaining the Center’s Relationship with Departments: A Marriage or What?”

7. The Role of Publications in the Ethics Center’s Life

8. Mistakes and Successes in Running an Ethics Center

9. Centers and Social Activism

“A Center’s Commitment to Justice”

“Making a Difference: The Activist Role of Ethics Centers”

“Educating for Social Action”

10. Strategic Planning for Ethics Centers

“Why Strategic Planning in Ethics Centers is More Important than Ever”

“Choosing Strategic Objectives in Invigorating a Center”

“Bipolar Planning: A Cautionary Tale”

“Advisory Boards: Their Risks and Benefits”

“Staffing and Programming on a Budget: The Virtues of Collaboration for a Small Ethics Center”

“Speaking of Ethics: Building Dialogue with the Business Community”

“Launching an Overly Ambitious Ethics Program on a Non-Traditional Campus”

11. Benchmarks of Ethics Center Excellence

“Mission Excellence”

“Programming Excellence”

“Funding Strength”

“Excellence in Collaboration, Board Excellence”

“Staff Excellence”

12. Identifying Funding Sources for Ethics Centers

“Funding an Ethics Center”

“What Grant Money Is There for Ethics and How to Compete for It”

“Building Links to Regional Corporations and Organizations”

“Creating Revenue by Selling Ethics Education and Consulting Services”

13. Ethics Centers and Conflict of Interest

“Conflicts of Interest at Ethics Centers: A Primer”

“Indirect Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, and Problems with Disclosure Policies”

“Eek! They’re Everywhere: Ethics Centers, Ethics Consulting and Conflicts of Interest”

“In Jeopardy: Where are Conflicts of Interest? They are Everywhere, but that’s OK”

14. Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning 2006

“Mission as the Guiding Force in Creating and Sustaining an Ethics Center”

“The Strategic Planning Process and its Product”

“How Strategic Planning Helps an Ethics Center”

15. Buy-in: Everything but Money!

“A Fledgling Center’s Three Methods for Faculty and Administration Buy-in”

“Buy-in through Events Co-sponsored with Various Divisions”

“Ethics Across the Curriculum: Inclusive Planning”

“Cultivating Constituents On and Off Campus”

16. Developing Relationships: How Ethics Centers Can Succeed with Raising Funds

“Developing Relationships: How Ethics Centers Can Succeed with Raising Funds”

“On the Growth of Ethics Programs”

“The Practicalities of Funding Your Ethics Center”

17. Building from the Base: Succession Planning for Ethics Centers

Featured presenters included:

Elizabeth E. Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College

David H. Smith, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

18. Outreach, Consultation and Survival in Economic Hard Times and Succession Planning for Ethics Centers

Featured presenters included:

Jan Boxill, Director, Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Noah Pickus, Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

David T. Ozar, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Former Director, Center for Ethics, Loyola University Chicago

Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Shlomo Sher, Research Associate, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles