2011-2012 Lectures

New Ethical Challenges in an Information Society

New technologies have challenged our basic understanding of individual identity and privacy, democratic politics and the ownership of information. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society turns its attention to the ways that an increasingly information-based society can address such problems.

Responsibilities in the Blogosphere
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
University of Redlands Main Campus, Casa Loma Room, 6:15pm (buffet dinner served at 5:30pm)

Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute of Ethics Duke University

Named one of the 100 most influential names in business ethics by the consultancy Ethisphere, Professor MacDonald authors the popular Business Ethics Blog, which explores a broad range of ethical problems in business. In addition to serving as Associate Professor of Business Ethics at St. Mary's University in Halifax and Senior Fellow at Duke University's Kenan Institute of Ethics, he is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto's Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness. His scholarship spans topics such as corporate social responsibility, conflicts of interest and the ethics of biotechnology. Professor MacDonald has been the recipient of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In this presentation Professor MacDonald reflects on his own work as the author of a blog by examining the responsibilities the blog authors have to the public's interest.

Social Networking and the Future of Privacy
Monday, October 17, 2011
University of Redlands Main Campus, Orton Center, 6:15pm (buffet dinner served at 5:30pm)

Kirsten Martin, Ph.D.
Professor of Management, Department of Business and Economics Catholic University of America

Prior to Professor Martin's arrival in academia, she worked in the information services sector, first in product strategy for Sprint Communications, then as an IT consultant for Andersen Consulting. Since that time Professor Martin has turned her attention to a range of interests by completing her doctorate in management at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and now serving as Assistant Professor of Management at the Catholic University of America as well as a research fellow with the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. Her current research focuses on information privacy, employee monitoring and stakeholder models of capitalism. In addition to publishing work in journals such as Management Science and the Journal of Business Ethics, Professor Martin is a current fellow of the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she is completing a two year study on online privacy practices in different industries. In this presentation Professor Martin will explore how well social network sites such as Facebook have responded to public criticism that users' privacy has been unduly compromised.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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