Category Archives: Fordham University Conferences and Events

The Value of Liberal Arts Education: Fordham Students Share Their Perspectives


Dean XXX and Fordham students in attendance at the April 28th conference

FCRH Deans Lenis and Parmach and Fordham students in attendance at the April 28th conference. Photo by Bruce Gilbert.


At a recent interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education, a distinguished panel comprised of university presidents, academics, and the Under Secretary of Education discussed the value of liberal arts education. Each speaker made compelling arguments highlighting the importance and value of liberal arts education, including information about cost, salary, lifetime learning, the residential college campus experience, and even the history of the debate on the worth of liberal arts education.

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What can you do with a degree in ethics? Video of Careers in Ethics Panel now available.

Dr. Adam L. Fried with the other members of the Careers in Ethics Panel

Dr. Adam L. Fried with the other members of the Careers in Ethics Panel. Click on photo to watch a video of the panel discussion.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of ethics, it is relevant and necessary in everything from medicine, business and journalism, to psychology, law, and environmental studies. Ethics is interesting to study, but what are the career options in the field?

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Center for Ethics Education Hosts Conference on the Value of Liberal Arts Education

The panel addresses the value of liberal arts education.

The panel addresses the value of liberal arts education. Photo by Bruce Gilbert

What is the value of a liberal arts education, and what place does it have in America’s future? An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education on April 28 addressed these issues, and featured presentations from several leading liberal arts scholars, including Acting Under Secretary of Education, Jamienne Studley.

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Fordham to Host Child Advocacy Conference



Every year, more than 3 million children are abused or neglected in New York State alone, with many more cases going unreported.

In line with their mission to foster awareness of child abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and bullying, the Future Child Advocates of Fordham has announced their first annual child advocacy conference, “A Call to Advocacy: The Past, Present, and Future of Child Well-Being.”

The multidisciplinary academic event featuring some of the country’s foremost experts in child abuse pediatrics and maltreatment prevention will be held at Fordham University’s Keating Hall 1st Floor Auditorium on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1 pm.

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Center for Ethics Education Students Attend Award Ceremony at NY Society for Ethical Culture

Center for Ethics Education Students, and Assistant Director Dr. Adam Fried

Center for Ethics Education Students, and Assistant Director Dr. Adam Fried

On Thursday, April 3rd, five ethics students joined Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics Education Dr. Adam Fried in attending the Champions of Change award presentation at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Speakers included a wide range of public officials and humanitarians: First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray, Congressman Charles Rangel, singer and activist Harry Belafonte, and New York Yankees President Randy Levine.

At the event, former mayor of New York David N. Dinkins was presented with the Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award and New York State Diversity Officer Mecca Santana was conferred the Rising Star Award. Throughout the event, musical entertainment and participants’ recollections of humorous moments with the mayor kept the entire audience captivated during the insightful evening, featuring some of New York’s most notable philanthropists and advocates of social justice.

Center for Ethics Education Hosts Careers in Ethics Panel

Are you interested in studying ethics, but have questions about future careers in the field? The Center for Ethics Education’s second annual Careers in Ethics panel will give students the opportunity to learn and ask questions about potential careers in the interdisciplinary field of ethics.

“Our exciting panel showcases the amazing achievements of our alumni from the Ethics and Society program, as well as professionals affiliated with the Ethics Center who are engaged in ethics-related careers,” said Adam Fried, Ph.D., assistant director for the Center for Ethics Education,  director of the M.A. in Ethics and Society, and interdisciplinary minor in Bioethics, and moderator of the event. “Panelists will discuss their own professional paths and explain how students can pursue careers in ethics in a wide variety of professions, including those in health care, business, law, and compliance.”

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Opportunity to Submit Comments for the Office of Disease Prevention Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014–2018

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) has announced the release of a Request for Information to gather broad public input on the ODP Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014–2018. The draft plan outlines the priorities that the Office will focus on over the next 5 years and highlights ODP’s role in advancing prevention research at the NIH.

Dr. David M. Murray writes:

The draft plan was developed with input from NIH scientific and planning experts, other federal agencies, the extramural research community, professional societies, the health care sector, and the general public. Based on this feedback, six strategic priorities were selected as the framework for the plan. The priorities represent the breadth of ODP activities and allow for emerging areas of opportunity to be incorporated into Office activities. The priorities are not mutually exclusive and are not presented in order of importance. It is anticipated that outcomes associated with each objective will contribute to the overall success of the Office in achieving our vision.

The ODP invites input on the draft strategic plan via the online Request for Information. While respondents are encouraged to review and provide feedback on any part of the draft document, comments on the six strategic priorities and related objectives are encouraged.

Interested parties may include, but are not limited to, prevention researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific and professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the view of their organization or membership as a whole.

Please share with your colleagues this opportunity to provide comments. We are interested in obtaining input from a variety of stakeholders on the draft strategic plan. To ensure consideration, responses must be received by November 22, 2013.

Please click here for more details.

Using Theatre to Promote Social Justice and Inspire Transformative Action

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Members of the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC at a performance.

By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

The most powerful art can do more than entertain us: it can also inform, engage, and challenge our points of view. The Theatre of the Oppressed NYC aims to do all four.

The Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) was founded in November 2010 by Katy Rubin, when, upon returning to New York City from Brazil, she discovered a lack of “popular theatre” — interactive theatre created by communities facing oppression — in the city.

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Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum and Classroom Climate

On October 2, 2013, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education hosted a discussion with faculty and teaching fellows across a broad array of disciplines on creating LGBTQ inclusive curricula and welcoming classroom experiences.

The discussion included brief presentations by Fordham faculty from different departments and honest discussion illuminating opportunities for and challenges of creating LGBTQ curricula and welcoming classroom climate.

list of recommendations and teaching resources emerged from this very fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. Some of the recommendations include challenging heterosexist assumptions, developing inclusive (rather than “us versus them”) terminology, and increasing visibility of LGBTQ role models and allies.

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Webinar: Advancing Bioethics Education

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will hold a webinar on Advancing Bioethics Education on September 19, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. E.S.T.

The webinar will serve as an introduction to the Commission’s new education materials, developed to support the teaching of bioethics ideas, principles, and theories at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The webinar will review the materials and discuss their potential application in existing curricula for both traditional and nontraditional educational settings.

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Louisiana Incarcerated: How We Built the World’s Prison Capital

Louisiana is the world’s prison capital.

As Cindy Chang pointed out during our Jailing for Dollars conference, and wrote in The Times-Picayune: “The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran’s, 13 times China’s and 20 times Germany’s.”

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‘Jailing for Dollars’ event discusses ethical issues surrounding the privatization of American prisons


From left, Cindy Chang, John Pfaff, Michael Jacobson, Thomas Giovanni, and Judith Greene.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Over the past 30 years, the United States has become the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails.

On April 23, a panel of experts discussed the ethical issues surrounding the privatization of American prisons at a conference entitled “Jailing for Dollars: The Moral Costs of Privatizing Justice”  sponsored by the Center for Ethics Education.

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