Special UCITE workshop-dinner to discuss incorporating ethics into courses

Ethics and values can be a difficult discussion in college courses, as they can stir up powerful, sensitive and potentially negative feelings. But they also are critical to discuss.

In order to address this issue, the Beamer-Schneider Professorship in the philosophy department, assisted by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and UCITE, will sponsor a panel discussion/workshop to understand how to introduce the ideas of ethics and values into courses in a seamless, organic way into courses.

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, the Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics, and Shannon French, the Inamori Professor of Ethics and director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, will lead a panel of faculty members to discuss ways to let ethics emerge in courses without risking disquiet or seeming to indoctrinate. Panelists will be Nicole Deming, assistant professor of bioethics; Sarah Gridley, assistant professor of poetry; and Jim McGuffin-Cawley, the Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The session is open to all who teach courses at CWRU. The audience will generate practical questions arising from their own teaching experiences, and the panel will discuss with the audience how resolve the issues.

The main session will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the Inamori Center (Crawford 09A). Dinner will follow from 5 to 6 p.m., where participants will continue the conversation.

Space is limited, so in order to reserve a spot and to enable event organizers to order the appropriate amount of food, participants must RSVP in advance to ucite@case.edu.