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In Gratitude to Thomas Mayo The 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Memoria and public consciousness surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. See page 6 for more details. Friday, October 14, 2011 26th Annual Conference of the Professions* This year’s conference will examine the role of social media in the clergy, law and medical professions. SMU Half-Time Tribute from the SMU Mustang Band SMU v. UTEP Saturday, September 10, 2011 Ford Stadium What Happened? A Historic Account The Day the Whole World Watched Seyom Brown, Ph.D., John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall Sunday, September 11, 2011, 6:00p.m. – 7:15p.m. “Haunted Memories and Complex Loyalties”* A Maguire Public Scholar Lecture by William Abraham, Ph.D. Thursday, September 8, 2011, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Hosted by The SMU Faculty Club * RSVP required Ending the Cycles of Violence Sponsored by the Embrey Human Rights Program and Dallas Peace Center, this interfaith panel will focus on the topics of forgiveness, healing and compassion Friday, September 9, 2011 McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall Moderator: Rita Kirk, Ph.D., Director, Maguire Center Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., “The Intersection of Religion and Politics” Seyom Brown, Ph.D., “How the World Has Changed” McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall SMU Service of Remembering President R. Gerald Turner and Chaplain Stephen Rankin, Presiding September 11, 2011, 7:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. Dallas Hall Share Your Thoughts; Preserve Your Memories October 21-22, 2011 At Issue: Ethics, Trust & Transparency – Business, Government and the Case for Voter Concern* The conference will provoke debate on the current state of trust in business and government and how it may affect the coming 2012 elections. Specifically, the conference will focus on what business leaders and economic policy makers have done, and what more they can do, to ensure transparency in financial reporting and to recognize the interests of multiple stakeholders. Fundamentally, we want to consider what relevant institutions - business, government, and education - should or should not do to affect positive change, financial stability, and, ultimately, economic growth. * RSVP Required 2 We’ve Got a New Look 2 Public Scholars 3 Maguire & Irby Family Public Service Interns 4 Should We Consider Ethics Before Starting a War? 4 The Shrinking Realm of Public Reason Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5 In Gratitude To Thomas Mayo 5 Maguire Teaching Fellow Honors Costese Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility Southern Methodist University PO Box 0316 Dallas, Texas 75275-0316 Dr. Cortese’s major areas of research and teaching are ethnoviolence, ethnic and race relations, media, ethics, and gender, social problems, social policy, and the culture and environment of Costa Rica. He is the author of more than 45 scholarly articles, essays, and books, including Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory (1990), Walls and Bridges: Social Justice and Public Policy (2004), Opposing Hate Speech (2006), and Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising (3rd ed., 2007). His new book, Contentious: Conflict on Race (University of Texas Press, in press), examines Mexican immigration, racial profiling, capital punishment, and affirmative action. Cortese’s current book project will focus on ethnoviolence and human rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, Human Rights Series). As a Fulbright fellow in Japan in 1990 and 1991, Cortese taught courses on ethnic diversity in the United States, and has also taught maximum-security inmates at Illinois’s Pontiac Correctional Center. He is the director of the new SMU Abroad program in Costa Rica, “Culture and Environment in Costa Rica.” Visit our website Anthony Cortese What’s Inside 3 Common Reading National Security vs. Civil Liberty* Stimulating dialogue and reflection on the need to effectively pursue U.S. national security imperatives - without undermining the country’s historic commitment to human rights. Co-sponsored by the John G. Tower Center for Political Science and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Advancing the Mission Robin Lovin, Ph.D., “Politics, Morality & Ethical Responsibility in a Terror-Afflicted Society” Find us on Facebook at MaguireEthicsCenter. The goal of the course is to promote ethical reasoning, global engagement, and diversity proficiency in students. Ethnoviolence is an act (or attempted act) motivated by group prejudice and intended to cause physical or psychological injury. These violent acts include intimidation, harassment, group insults, property defacement or destruction, and physical attacks. The targets of these acts involve persons identified because of their race or skin color, gender, ethnicity, religion, or other physical or social characteristic of groups such as sexual orientation. As the Maguire Center’s third director over a 16 year history, Professor Mayo applied his stalwart character and management skills to advancing the center’s core mission. We are truly grateful for his unyielding commitment to the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, and warmly look forward to his continued success in teaching at the Dedman School of Law. September 8-11, 2011 Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11 Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden Connect with Us. Each year the Maguire Center seeks to honor and support one or more SMU faculty members who develops a new course relating to ethics or who adds an ethical dimension to an existing course. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Maguire Center selected Professor of Sociology Anthony Cortese, Ph.D. Cortese, with the guidance of a self-selected interdisciplinary group of colleagues, Cortese will design a course entitled “Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence” for Spring 2012. Professor Mayo reached out to SMU’s many schools and departments resulting in joint venture lectures and programs in the areas of religious ethics, human rights, ethics and the arts and bioethics. William Abraham, Ph.D., Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, will deliver a lecture on “Haunted Memories and Complex Loyalties” at the SMU Faculty Club from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Plaza Memorial: A Meditative Space Follow Us on Twitter @SMUmaguireCtr. Tony Cortese selected as 2011/2012 Maguire Teaching Fellow Cary M. Maguire presents Thomas Mayo with service award Public Scholar Lecture* Want to know more about the Maguire Center? Many contributions to the ethical life of SMU have been made under Mayo’s leadership that deserve recognition. He assumed the directorship in 2005, succeeding Professor William F. May (1995-1998) and Professor Richard O. Mason (1998-2005). Professor Mayo expanded the number of public service internships sponsored by the center, broadening its visibility on campus and utilizing the enormous talents of SMU students to serve the greater good. In addition, he established ongoing collaborative relationships with both the North Texas Bioethics Network and the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, and supported the enactment of a new university curriculum that includes an ethics component in our new Pillars offering. Thursday, September 8, 2011 Fall 2011, Volume 16 SMU President R. Gerald Turner and The Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility invite the SMU Community to Participate in the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Events Or, give us a call at 214-768-4255. The Maguire Center offers our appreciation and bids a fond farewell to our outgoing director, Dedman School of Law Professor Thomas Mayo, who completed five and a half years of service in December 2010. Upcoming Events for Fall 2011 The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Events 6 Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Events “A university does not fully discharge its responsibility to its students and the community at large if it imparts knowledge (and the power which that knowledge eventually yields) without posing questions about its responsible use.” Founding Director Bill May penned those words. They are inscribed on our wall. They remind us of the importance of our mission. Over the 16 years since our founding, the ethics center has laid the groundwork for the discussion of ethics by partnering with SMU’s colleges, faculty, staff and students to drive the conversation within our community. We could rant about the unethical behaviors that fill our news headlines each day but this center takes a different approach. Rather than harping on poor choices, this center celebrates those who model ethical behavior. The tribute to Ruth Altshuler and the stories of this year’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Interns serve as testament to those who work to make a positive difference in our world. We must cover with equal vigor the positive virtues we want modeled if we are ever to chart a path for others to follow. Rather than offering simplistic solutions to ethical dilemmas, the center encourages discussion and debate on contemporary issues so that we may consider the competing ethical paradigms and the way those frames impact the choices of those who conscientiously try to enact their values. The discussion of this year’s common reading for first year students, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the article by Maguire Chair of Ethics Robin Lovin, and the questions posed by founder Cary M. Maguire serve to provoke those discussions. We hope you will join the discussion. Rather than be satisfied with how far we have come, we push on to inculcate ethical standards in our students. The new university curriculum establishes “Philosophical & Religious Inquiry and Ethics” as one of the five pillars upon which students build their academic coursework. We are excited about what the future holds. On January 1st, I became the fourth director of the center. Together with assistant director Candy Crespo we pledge our best efforts. We look forward to your ideas but mostly, we look forward to your participation. By Rita Kirk, PhD, Director, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award Nancy Strauss Halbreich, Sally Sharp Harris, Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler and R. Gerald Turner When the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility sought to honor an exemplar of devotion to the welfare of others, the definitive choice was Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, the 2011 recipient of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award. With her distinctive record of imparting inspiration to the SMU community and presenting tireless service at national, state, and civic levels, Altshuler was honored at a sold-out luncheon ceremony held March 10th at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom at SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center. In attendance was a distinguished group of leaders including former First Lady Laura Bush, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Maguire Ethics Center Director Rita Kirk, philanthropist Nancy Strauss Halbreich, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder and CEO Nancy Brinker. Mrs. Altshuler was introduced by her daughter, Sally Sharp Harris. see Jonsson page 2

Maguire Ethics Center Newsletter Fall 2011

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