The CSU Ethics Colloquium promotes cross-disciplinary, cross-college conversations about ethics-related issues. By highlighting existing ethics seminars and activities, encouraging additional events, and providing virtual resources, the Colloquium fosters increased interaction and collaboration among faculty and staff members working with an ethical perspective on virtually any issue facing the community. We know that there are already many activities in this direction happening at CSU; our goal is not to co-opt them but to support them, highlight them, enhance them, and give our broader Northern Colorado community a window into all that is going on here.  To that end, while themes and topics will be broad-based, the Colloquium will emphasize ethical issues in the professions and disciplines, particularly when such issues have larger social, civic, political, and economic implications.

To pursue these goals, the Colloquium will launch this spring with a series of events featuring CSU and external speakers. The first event will be a conversation on “The End of The University” by Provost Rick Miranda and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor Matt Hickey; they will describe some of the issues that university faculty could/should consider in designing curricula that equip students to have a values-based approach to their education.  How can our students learn to deal both ethically and effectively with the civic, social, political, and economic implications of our changing world – and how should we provide those learning outcomes?  Other talks will address a range of topics, from media ethics and religious ethics to the ethics of how laboratory animals are treated and the intersections between ethics and diversity issues in community-based research and teaching. In academic year 2016-17, the Colloquium will feature both additional campus events and a nationally prominent guest speaker with expertise in a relevant area.