On August 26, 2013, Dr. Adam Fried, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics Education, gave the following address at the Academic Convocation for the Fordham College at Rose Hill Class of 2017. Dr. Fried was asked to speak on behalf of all members of faculty, and to welcome the new class to the Fordham University academic community. In case you were unable to attend, here is a transcript of the address:
Using Your Moral Compass to Navigate the College Experience
Thank you, Dean Parmach. Welcome students! I’m so honored and excited to have an opportunity to speak with you today.
First, let me tell you a little about what I do. I’m the assistant director of the Fordham Center for Ethics Education. We organize conferences and lectures, conduct research, administer an undergraduate essay prize in ethics, and offer a Master’s in Ethics and Society and an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in bioethics. Our programs provide the Fordham community and the public with the knowledge and skills to shape a just society. At Fordham, I teach and my work centers on ethics. But I am also a clinical psychologist and I have worked with veterans, college students and at-risk children and adolescents. Although these two areas, ethics and psychology, may seem quite different, there is in fact a great deal of overlap.
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