Topic: Speakers

April 4, 2007

Ball State is sponsoring a week of programs examining ethical issues ranging from uncovering corporate fraud at WorldCom to philosophical questions arising in educational, medical and athletic fields.

From April 16-19, Ethics Week programs will include lectures, interactive discussions, debates, films and dramatic enactments around campus.

As part of the week's activities, three keynote speakers will be on campus to discuss ethical issues. They are:

  • Nel Noddings, professor emeritus at Stanford University, will discuss "Ethics in the Era of Accountability and High Stakes Assessment" at 10 a.m. April 16 in Teachers College, room 200A. Noddings is best known for her work in philosophy education, educational theory and ethics of care.
  • Lisa Eckenwiler, an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Old Dominion University, will discuss "Why Governments, International Lenders and Others Must Do More for the Elderly and Their Caregivers" at 3 p.m. April 16 in Pittenger Student Center, room 301. Eckenwiler teaches courses about bioethics and public health and gender issues.
  • Cynthia Cooper, a certified public accountant and fraud examiner, will discuss "WorldCom Warnings" at 6 p.m. April 18 in Emens Auditorium. Cooper is known for her role in uncovering corporate fraud at WorldCom and was named one of Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" in 2002.

In addition to the keynote speeches, the week's events include an interactive quiz where participants learn how ethical they really are. Philosophy students are conducting the quiz from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Art and Journalism Building's Atrium.

At 3 p.m. April 19, several Ball State departments will look at sports ethics in a program titled "Cheaters Never Win — or Do They?" The lecture will be in the Health and Physical Activity Building, room 100 and is sponsored by the departments of philosophy and religious studies; the Sports Studies Program; and the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science.

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By Jennifer Strempka