College of Liberal Arts to Host Series to Promote New Interdisciplinary Minor in Ethics, Leadership and Service

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MACON – Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts will host a series of events, titled “Finding Our Way: Ethics in Global, National and Local Contexts,” in promotion of a new interdisciplinary minor in ethics, leadership and service (ELS).

The new ELS minor and certificate program will be available to students beginning spring 2017.

The three-week series, running Oct. 19-Nov. 3, will include eight events addressing and discussing ethics in a variety of capacities. 

The first week will begin Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. with a talk, titled “From a Clash of Civilizations to a Partnership of Peoples,” in celebration of Global Ethics Day. Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy and director of international programs at Mercer Law School will present the talk in Science and Engineering Building, Room 110.

A film screening and discussion, titled “'Avatar': Blasting Open Pandora's Box of Global Strife,” will take place Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Stetson Hall, Room 251. The discussion will be led by Judge C. Ashley Royal of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia.

The opening week will conclude with a lunch discussion, titled “Should We All Become 'Effective Altruists?,'” Oct. 21 at noon in Connell Student Center Conference Room 2. The discussion will be led by Dr. Rosalind Simson, associate professor of philosophy.

The second week will begin Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. with a talk, titled “Machiavelli and the Ruin of Republics,” by Dr. Kevin Honeycutt, assistant professor of philosophy, in Knight Hall, Room 101.

A film screening and discussion of “Eye in the Sky” will take place Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Stetson Hall, Room 251, led by retired U.S. Air Force Col. Arthur Howard, Ph.D.

The second week will conclude Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. with a talk, titled “Dealing with Diabolical Forces,” by Dr. Thomas C. Ellington, professor of political science at Wesleyan College, in Stetson Hall, Room 251.

The third week will begin Nov. 1 at noon with a lunch discussion, titled “Ethics in Real Time: Modeling Change in the World of Community Redevelopment,” led by Alex Morrison, executive director of the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority, in Connell Student Center Conference Room 2.

The series will conclude Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. with a talk, titled “Moral Hygiene,” by Dr. Paul Lewis, professor of religion, in Stetson Hall, Room 251.

For more information on the ELS minor and certificate program, contact Dr. Creighton Rosental, associate professor and chair of philosophy, at rosental_c@mercer.edu, or Dr. Lewis at lewis_pa@mercer.edu.  

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​