The 2016-17 Ethics Colloquium Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and other units on campus.

Spring 2017

In pursuit of Freedom: The Fight Against Human Trafficking

The CSU Ethics Colloquium, Richardson Foundation, and the College of Business are excited to announce the presentation In Pursuit of Freedom: The Fight Against Human Trafficking, by Jeremy Vallerand, President & CEO of Rescue: Freedom International, a non-profit organization that works around the world to empower the rescue and restoration of those in sexual slavery. Human Trafficking is the second largest, and fastest growing, criminal enterprise on the planet. Slavery is all around us, touching our lives in ways we don’t even realize. Vallerand will discuss the factors driving this global injustice and explore how individuals, organizations, and businesses can play a role in combating slavery. Vallerand is the President & CEO of Rescue:Freedom International, a non-profit organization that works around the world to empower the rescue and restoration of those in sexual slavery.  He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada and a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Oxford University in the UK.  The event took place February 13th at 3:00 p.m. in Rockwell West 116 (Bohemian Auditorium). To view a recording of the talk, please click on this link: In Pursuit of Freedom: The Fight Against Human Trafficking.

Everyday Ethical Ambiguity and Freedom to Do the Right Thing

As part of the CSU Ethics Colloquium, Dr. Cori Wong, Special Assistant to the President, Director of the Women & Gender Collaborative, and Special Instructor in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University, will present Everyday Ethical Ambiguity and Freedom to Do the Right Thing. As a trained philosopher working in university administration, Dr. Wong appreciates how even a shallow dip into the intricacies of ethical questions and moral obligations can leave one feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and breathless. Competing systems of values and principles – an endless array of hypothetical (or very real) consequences – complicate deceptively straightforward questions like, “What should I do? How should I act?” This talk highlights how tough moral questions are not reserved for controversial, “hot-button” issues; they are inherent to our daily lives as we interact with one another as researchers, educators, supervisors, and colleagues. Dr. Wong draws on feminist frameworks to help us navigate the inherent ambiguity of what it means to act ethically in the context of our concrete, everyday lives. The talk took place Feb. 16th at 4:00 p.m. in Clark A 201.

To view a recording of the talk, click here: Everyday Ethical Ambiguity and Freedom to Do the Right Thing.

Perspectives on Information, Ethics, and Globalization

As part of the CSU Ethics Colloquium, Fedro S. Zazueta, Associate CIO and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida will present: Perspectives on Information, Ethics, and Globalization. Information technology evolved rapidly in the past few decades. The convergence of computer technology, networking and telecommunications has resulted in information systems that affect us as in many ways, as single individuals and as members of a global community. Today, information is generated at incredibly high rates of speed, in enormous quantities, in many cases without structure, and is coupled with unprecedented advances in data science. Terms like BigData, the Internet-of-everything, analytics, sentiment analysis, and many others, have entered into our common vocabulary. In parallel, public awareness is increasing on the possible implications of these large amounts of data and the science and technology to analyze them. These advances raise ethical issues that demand deliberation. What are the implications to existing ethics codes? What is an individual’s ethical behavior in this context? What is the balance between individual rights and public interest?  Are there acceptable differences in ethical norms and behavior for individuals from difference cultures? The presenter does not pretend to answer these and other complex questions, but will set a framework for deliberation. The talk took place March 7th at 4:00 p.m. in Clark A 202.

To view a recording, please click on this link: Perspectives on Information, Ethics, and Globalization

Bridging Interfaith Tensions through Dialogue

Faith communities and/or how we participate in them can give us purpose, meaning, and connection but can sometimes divide us from people in different faith communities. Join us for an evening of dialogue about faith and ethics. We’ll hear the views of committed practitioners of different faiths. We’ll also discuss the key ethical commitments of our own and others’ faith communities, the ethical tensions that can arise in interactions with people from different faith communities, and case studies that raise fundamental questions about the ethical issues involved in maintaining our own faith commitments while interacting with people who hold different commitments.

March 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Ballroom 350A

Back to the ‘Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia’: Ethics, Law, and Death with Dignity

Courtney Campbell, Ph.D., Oregon State University, will present Back to the ‘Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia’: Ethics, Law, and Death with Dignity. President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the prospect that state laws allowing for physicians to prescribe a drug to hasten the dying of a terminally ill patients, such as Colorado’s End of Life Options Act, may be subject to federal judicial review. My talk will provide a critical examination of Judge Gorsuch’s writings on the subject from his book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, and situate his position relative to the ethical arguments on and current status and utilization of laws enacted previously in Oregon (1994) and Washington (2008).  This presentation will also offer some lessons acquired from the Oregon and Washington experience with these laws that may be relevant for its practice in Colorado. The talk took place April 6th at 4:00 p.m. in Clark A 201.

To view a recording, please click on this link: Back to the ‘Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia:’ Ethics, Law, and Death with Dignity

Understanding Weight Stigma: Epidemiology & Ethical Considerations 

Daniel S. Goldberg, J.D., Ph.D., CU-Anschutz Medical Campus, will first survey the empirical base of weight stigma as it is commonly understood in the social scientific and epidemiologic literatures as a means to exploring some of the ethical implications of such stigma in the U.S.  Although stigma has widely shared colloquial meanings, it is also the subject of a rich and diverse scholarship within the health humanities, sociology, and epidemiology in particular.  The presentation will define stigma in health contexts, will explain the connections between (weight) stigma and broader social inequalities in the US, and will also explore the difficult question of why (weight) stigma is so common in the U.S.  The presentation will then turn to an ethical analysis, explaining how and why (weight) stigma contravenes basic principles of justice.  The presentation will conclude by evaluating both general categories of potential remedies and specific interventions for weight stigma.

The talk will take place on April 7th at 3:00 p.m. in 105 HESTF, Health and Exercise Sciences Teaching Facility.

Fall 2016

Biohacking, Open Source Biologics and the Open Insulin Project

As part of the CSU Ethics Colloquium, Anthony Di Franco, of Counter Culture Labs, a biohacker collective in Oakland, California, will give a talk titled “Biohacking, Open Source Biologics and the Open Insulin Project.” He will discuss the history and the personal, philosophical and economic motivations of the biohacking and hacking communities generally and of the Open Insulin project community specifically. In particular, he will discuss how the high cost of insulin puts it out of reach for roughly 50% of the 100 million worldwide who need it, often leading to severe health consequences, including nerve and kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, amputations, coma, and death. He will describe the technical aims of the project and the progress to date, invite participation, and suggest related work concerning insulin, diabetes treatments, decentralized research, and open collaboration across institutional boundaries. The event took place at 12 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12th in Behavioral Science 103.

If you would like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

Biohacking, Open Source Biologics and the Open Insulin Project.

Nudging toward Better Health

As part of the Health and Exercise Science Seminar Series and the CSU Ethics Colloquium, Prof. Moti Gorin, Director of CSU’s Jann Benson Ethics Center and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will speak on “Nudging toward Better Health.” His presentation will discuss the ethics of using behavioral economic interventions to influence health-related behaviors. The event was held Friday, Sept. 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the Health and Exercise Teaching Facility 105.

Welfare Rights in the UN’s Declaration: Are They Universal Rights?

The Department of Philosophy presents the Ron Williams Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Dr. Rex Martin, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Dr. Martin will speak on “The Welfare Rights in the UN’s Declaration: Are They Universal Human Rights?” His talk will address the two main lines of analysis that have been raised to support the claim that the welfare rights in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) cannot literally be rights of everybody. Dr. Martin will counter both of these lines of argument. The event was held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16th in Eddy 200.

If you’d like to listen to a recording of the event, please use this link:

Welfare Rights in the UN’s Declaration: Are They Universal Rights?

Student Evaluations (Mostly) Don’t Measure Teaching Effectiveness

Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, presents his research in a talk titled, “Student Evaluations (Mostly) Don’t Measure Teaching Effectiveness.” Student evaluations of teaching (SET) are widely used in academic personnel decisions as a measure of teaching effectiveness. Compelling observational evidence shows that student ratings vary with instructors’ gender, ethnicity, and attractiveness; with course rigor, mathematical content, and format; and with students’ grade expectations. This talk took place on Oct. 3rd at 4:00 p.m in Engineering 100.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

Student Evaluations (Mostly) Don’t Measure Teaching Effectiveness

What we need to Flourish: Rethinking External Goods and the Ecological Systems that provide them

Dr. Ken Shockley, recently named the first Holmes Rolston III Endowed Chair in Environmental Ethics at CSU, will present his inaugural lecture as the endowed chair, titled, “What we need to Flourish: Rethinking External Goods and the Ecological Systems that provide them.” The talk will address balancing the need for development with the need for environmental protection. Shockley argues that too often development and environmental protection are thought of as being at odds. Just as development requires supporting robust social systems, so it requires supporting robust ecological systems. Rather than being at odds with one another, development requires robust environmental protection. Prior to accepting the Holmes Rolston Endowed Chair in Environmental Ethics, Shockley was an associate professor of philosophy and the academic director of the Sustainability Academy at the University at Buffalo-SUNY.

The talk was held on Oct. 14th in Eddy 20010_14_16-shockley-flyer

Should We Choose Our Politicians by Lottery, Rather than Election?

Dr. Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a lecture titled, Should We Choose Our Politicians by Lottery, Rather than Election?  At the beginning of the 18th Century, there were no electoral democracies. By the end of the 20th Century, there were more than 120. This is a remarkable world transformation. Electoral democracy is a clear improvement over much of what had come before. But it is not perfect, particularly given certain widespread features of modern political societies. Unfortunately, much contemporary political philosophy and even the broader culture treats electoral democracy as some combination of (1) the best we can do and (2) morally required by norms of political legitimacy, autonomy, and equality. One alternative to electoral democracy is a political system that uses lotteries, rather than elections, to select at least a significant portion of our political officials. There are many different ways of implementing this kind of system. The paper discusses several possibilities, and concludes by considering–and attempting to respond to–some of the natural concerns about such a system.  The talk was held on Oct. 20th at 4:00 p.m. in Clark A 201.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

Should We Choose Our Politicians by Lottery, Rather than Election?

Earlier in the day, Dr. Guerrero discussed with a panel of CSU faculty members the implications of the lottocratic approach for promoting greater equity in faculty service assignments and for faculty governance. Discussants will include Mary Stromberger, (Chair, Faculty Council; Soil and Crop Sciences) and several members of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF): Alexandra Bernasek (Chair, Economics); Mica Glantz (Chair, Anthropology); and Erica Suchman (Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology). The discussion was held on Thursday Oct. 20th from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Anatomy/Zoology W 205.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link: Panel Discussion

The Neenan Company; Overcoming an Ethical Crisis

The Daniels Ethics Initiative at the College of Business, in conjunction with the CSU Ethics Colloquiumis excited to announce the session The Neenan Company; Overcoming an Ethical Crisis, presented by Founder of the company, David Neenan and President of the company, David Shigekane. The Neenan Company, based in Fort Collins, CO, originally began as a traditional construction company. After a few years of operating in this traditional fashion, the company successfully transitioned into an integrated design and construction approach. The company had been founded on the values of excellence and innovation by David Neenan. Yet, after years of apparent success in their transition, cracks began to form in the internal processes of the company as well as the buildings that they had built. Structural problems were discovered in several of their buildings and their reputation was at stake. The session highlights a true-life account how the company overcame the crisis! The objectives of the session are: 1) to inspire the audience to learn from the Neenan experience, 2) to highlight the complex nature of a real-world ethical crisis, 3) and most importantly, to encourage the audience to “do the right thing” in the midst of a crisis.

Nov. 9th at 10:00 a.m. in the Grey Rock Room at Lory Student Center.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

The Neenan Company; Overcoming an Ethical Crisis

Ethics, Agriculture and the Environment

As part of the CSU Ethics Colloquium, Dr. Robert Zimdahl, Professor Emeritus of Weed Science in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management of the College of Agriculture and recipient of CSU’s Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, will present a talk titled, Ethics, Agriculture and the Environment. Agricultural scientists have assumed that as long their research and the resultant technology increased food production and availability, we and the end users were somehow exempt from negotiating and re-negotiating the moral bargain that is the foundation of the modern democratic state.  We have been so certain of the moral correctness of the pursuit of increased production that we failed to listen to and understand the positions of other interest groups (e.g., environmental groups, organic practitioners). Agriculturalists have not articulated any value position other than the value of production and have not offered reasons why production ought to retain its primacy. Agriculturalists must see agriculture in its many forms — productive, scientific, environmental, economic, social, political, and moral. It is not sufficient to justify all agricultural activities on the basis of increased production.

Nov. 10th at 4:00 p.m. in Clark A 201.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

Ethics, Agriculture and the Environment

The Spring 2016 Ethics Colloquium Speaker Series:

The End of the University

In case you were unable to attend in person, the information below will help you access the recording of a conversation held on February 17 on “The End of The University” by Provost Rick Miranda and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor Matt Hickey. They discussed 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? Stephanie Clemons, vice chair of Faculty Council, moderated the conversation, which generated engaged participation by many attendees.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:
http://colostatecoe.adobeconnect.com/p8hyek09gqb/

No user name or password is needed. Simply click the link or copy and paste it into a browser. The Adobe Connect recording will load automatically and will begin to play.

Learning Analytics:  Risks, Benefits, and Ethical Issues

In case you were unable to attend in person, the information below will help you access the recording of a recent conversation on “Learning Analytics: Risks, Benefits, and Ethical Issues
by several experts on digital learning, learning analytics, and research ethics: Gene Gloeckner, professor in the School of Education and member of the Institutional Review Board, CSU; George Siemens, professor and director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research (LINK) Lab, University of Texas at Arlington; Sharon Slade, senior lecturer and regional manager of the online Certificate in Management, The Open University, United Kingdom; and Mitchell Stevens, associate professor, Sociology and Graduate School of Business, and director, Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR), Stanford University. Anton Betten, chair of the CSU Committee on Teaching and Learning, moderated the discussion, which generated substantive discussion among face-to-face and virtual attendees.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:
http://colostatecoe.adobeconnect.com/p95cmko2fjc/

No user name or password is needed. Simply click the link or copy and paste it into a browser. The Adobe Connect recording will load automatically and will begin to play.

 Keeping the Pool Clean:  Prevention and Management of Misconduct Related Retractions (sponsored by CSU and the DHHS Office of Research Integrity)

The goal of this conference is to assemble key stakeholders affected by misconduct-related retractions in order to provide a forum to discuss retractions and propose potential actions, interventions, and solutions.  Specifically, we propose to bring together authors/researchers, university leadership, Research Integrity Officers, journal editors, and those from the ORI, NSF, and watchdog groups to discuss how to identify fraudulent submissions, whistleblowing, responsibility and ethics, retraction notices, and relevant forensic tools.

Website:          https://vprnet.research.colostate.edu/oriconference/

Date/Time:      July 20 – 22, 2016

Location:          Fort Collins Hilton

How clean is the pool in your own backyard and how would you know?  Assessing Organizational Climates for Research Integrity using the SOuRCe

Research integrity on the part of individual researchers is partially predicated on their working in organizational settings that similarly evince integrity.  We believe that providing researchers and institutional leaders with systematic information about their local organizational climates can inform, motivate, and help to evaluate efforts to improve those climates and to promote responsible research.  Yet tools for assessing the integrity of research climates have generally been lacking, until recently.  The Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOuRCe) is the only validated instrument specifically designed to empirically measure the climate of research integrity in academic organizations.  We believe that this innovative approach to providing tailored and comparative information to institutional leaders will contribute to improving research integrity in organizations and for individual researchers.  While one-size-fits-all solutions have been the norm in ethics education efforts, the SOuRCe moves beyond such limited and costly responses, by drawing attention to the local and specific, focusing attention on what needs strengthening, and where, by providing locally tailored informational feedback about mutable aspects of local organizational environments.

If you’d like to view a recording of the event, please use this link:

https://echo.colostate.edu/ess/echo/presentation/39a44aba-0969-419b-afab-75b4719f06e9?ec=true