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Ethics With Impact: Loyola University Maryland's Ethics Week 2014

Loyola University Maryland’s Ethics Week is an annual series of speakers and presentations around the topic of ethical business and social issues. Now in its fifth year, Ethics Week is a collaborative effort across the University to inspire intellectual curiosity, support thoughtful discussion, and raise awareness about topical ethical issues.

Seventh Annual Law & the City Panel Discussion: Making Urban Schools Work for Urban Youth: A Critical Dialogue About Teacher Prep Programs and Alternatives like Teach for America

Monday, Feb. 10
5-6:30 p.m.
Andrew White Student Center, 4th Floor Program Room
Maryland consistently ranks as one of the top states in the nation for education, based largely on schools in wealthy counties. But here in Baltimore City, more than 40% of children don’t graduate high school and fewer than one in six will graduate from college. What impact does teacher training have on making urban schools work for urban youth? Join us for a critical conversation about teacher prep programs and alternatives like Teach for America and the Baltimore City Teaching Residency. Panelists will discern the impact of TFA and the BCTR, reflect on their own experiences in the classroom, and debate different approaches to eliminating persistent inequity in Maryland public schools. 

Panelists include Courtney Cass (director, TFA Baltimore), Nick McDaniels (teacher, Baltimore City), and Adia Hoag (field representative, BCTU). Moderated by Robert Simmons, Ph.D., director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education in Loyola's School of Education.

How Can Loyola Be a More Engaged Citizen of Baltimore City?

Tuesday, Feb. 11 
6:30-8 p.m.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Panelists will discuss the ethical responsibilities of Loyola as a citizen in our local community and how Loyola might leverage its resources in the service of this community. 

Panelists include Bill Henry (Baltimore City Council, District 4), Lin Romano (COO, Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation), Erin O’Keefe (director, York Road Initiative), and Allen Brizee, Ph.D. (assistant professor of writing). Moderated by Michael B. Runnels, J.D., associate professor and interim chair of law & social responsibility.

There Will Be Blood: The Price for Progress

Wednesday, Feb. 12
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium 

Film viewing and discussion of "There Will be Blood," an award-winning film produced in 2008 and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. "There Will be Blood" raises vital questions in its depiction of an iconic clash between ethics and the forces of capitalism. After the film, Graham McAleer, D. Phil., professor of philosophy, will lead the discussion.

Sandra Steingraber on The Fracking of America: Ethics and Impact

This event has been postponed due to inclimate weather. A new date will be announced.

Thursday, Feb. 13
6:30 p.m.
Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall East
Sandra Steingraber is a noted environmental writer and author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment." She will deliver the keynote address for Ethics Week, “The Fracking of America: Ethics and Impact.” A Q&A and book signing will follow.

Cost/registration information

All Ethics Week events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Event contact:


Michael B. Runnels, J.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Law & Social Responsibility Department
P: 410-617-2789
E: mrunnels@loyola.edu


Media Contact:


Nick Alexopulos
Assoc. Dir. of Media Relations
P: 410-617-1334
E: nalexopulos@loyola.edu