Banta Center Sponsors Panel Discussion

March 24, 2009 -

The social and ethical lessons of the nation's ongoing financial crisis will be explored as part of an upcoming panel discussion sponsored by the University of Redlands' Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society.

The panel, "Lessons Learned: The Social and Ethical Dimensions of the Financial Crisis," will be held Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Marriott, located at 3400 Market St. in Riverside. The event is free and open to the public, but a limited number of seats are available. RSVP by calling 909-748-8769 or e-mailing

The featured speaker at the event will be Robert Kolb, professor of finance at Loyola University in Chicago, where he holds a chair in applied ethics.

Kolb has PhDs in both philosophy and finance from the University of North Carolina and has held faculty positions at the University of Florida, Emory University, the University of Miami and the University of Colorado, where he served as assistant dean for business and society.

The professor has published more than 50 academic research articles and more than 20 books, with several focusing on risk management and business ethics.

Other featured panelists include:

  • Satish Thosar, a business professor at the University of Redlands. His current research interests include executive compensation structures and the exploration of unintended consequences when theory is translated into policy.
  • Mak Kaboudan, a business professor at the University of Redlands. He spent five years working as a management consultant in the areas of business planning, energy and macroeconomic modeling. His research interests include forecasting financial conditions using statistical and artificial intelligence modeling techniques.
  • Gerald Groshek, associate professor of international economics and business at the University of Redlands. His areas of interest include foreign exchange markets, international economic coordination, foreign direct investment, and economies in transition.

The Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society is a forum for the examination of ethical issues in corporate and professional life. It seeks to advance awareness of ethical problems and improve the ability to make ethical decisions by engaging in dialogue and instruction with practitioners and scholars from a broad range of disciplines.

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