Archive for January, 2010

“You want more good jobs, spawn more Steve Jobs”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Thomas L. Friedman writes in a recent New York Times article that President Obama should be focusing on inspiring America’s youth to become entrepreneurial rather than playing the blame game with bankers. By contrast, Friedman praises Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti’s NFTE as an example of an organization doing excellent work with young entrepreneurs.

Read the full article here.

CEE Student Essay Contest Winners – Fall 2009

Monday, January 25th, 2010

During the Fall 2009 semester, CEE sponsored two essay contests. Cash prizes were awarded to the first place winners and honorable mentions in each contest. The essays were judged on their accuracy and depth of interpretation and their independence of thought.

The first contest was held in Professor Stephen Hicks’s Introduction to Philosophy course. Students were asked to write about the truth or falsity of the following Shakespeare line from Act II of Hamlet: “This above all: to thine own self be true / And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Students related this line to one or more of their course books — Plato’s Apology and Crito, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, and René Descartes’ Meditations. Congratulations to our five winners!


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The second contest was held in Professor Shawn Klein’s Business and Economics Ethics course. Students were asked to defend or criticize the following claim made by the character Gordon Gecko in the movie Wall Street: “Greed, in all of its forms—greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge—has marked the upward surge of mankind.” Congratulations to our three winners!

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CEE Spring 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship has invited three interesting guest speakers to Rockford University this semester:

William Kline: David Hume and Ethics

March 17

Dr. William Kline is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at University of Illinois, Springfield. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has published in the Journal of Value Inquiry and the Journal of Business Ethics.

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Jeffrey P. Orduno: Property Rights and the Law

March 30

Jeffrey Orduno is an associate in the law firm of McGreevy Williams. He is a Rockford University alum and received his JD from John Marshall Law School. His practice includes business litigation and transactions, as well as matters related to land use and construction.

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Douglas B. Rasmussen: Aristotle and Contemporary Ethics

April  23 & 26

Dr. Douglas Rasmussen is professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Marquette University. Dr. Rasmussen has authored numerous articles in a variety of journals and is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005).

All who are interested may attend. We hope to see you there!

Also, view the PDF of our flyer.

Locations and exact times forthcoming.

For more information, contact CEE [at] Rockford.edu

New Reading Groups!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Department of Philosophy and the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship are sponsoring two new reading groups, which are open to all interested members of the Rockford University community.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith. This group will meet from 1-2 pm in the CEE office on the second floor of Burpee on the following dates:

January 22
February 5
February 26
March 19
April 9
April 30
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The discussions will be led by Professor Shawn Klein, with Prof. Matthew Flamm. Also, there will be complementary snacks at each meeting!

Honor: A History by James Bowman. This group will meet from 6-7 pm in Scarborough 204 on the following dates:

February 9
February 23
March 16
March 30

The discussions will be led by Professors Stephen Hicks and Shawn Klein.
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Free copies of the books will be given to all who are interested in participating. Stop by the CEE office on the second floor of Burpee (open 9-5 weekdays) to pick up your free copy, or feel welcome to get one at the first meeting.

Also, view the PDFs of the Adam Smith group and the Honor group flyers.

Breakthrough Ideas for 2010

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Entrepreneurship is all about rethinking the old way of doing things, so let’s start off the New Year by reading about ten breakthrough ideas for 2010 at Harvard Business Review. Some of the interesting issues explored by the authors are: What truly motivates employees? Can we create a better model for the pharmaceutical business? How can we speed up the process by which innovative research makes it to the marketplace? And, what lessons can we learn about productivity from hackers?