Archive for February, 2011

Dan Pink on Choosing a New Career

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We’ve all felt at times that we are not doing what we are meant to do for a living, that we are just punching the clock. When we seek guidance, people tell us to “follow your passion.” Dan Pink challenges the helpfulness of this advice and suggests that by looking at what we do in our spare time we might find a new, more fulfilling career.

Read the article here.

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“Only A God Can Save Us” Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Martin Heidegger is considered by many to be the most profound thinker of the 20th century, and his philosophy continues to be influential.
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In May of 1933, Heidegger joined the Nazi Party and became the first Nazi Rector of a German university.
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Heidegger’s final words of despair in a famous Der Spiegel interview make it clear that he had no faith in democracy: “Only a God can save us.”
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The film Only A God Can Save Us is a critical view of Heidegger’s so-called “flirtation” with Nazism and examines the elements of his philosophy which may have led him to support the National Socialist revolution.
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Come watch highlights from the two-hour documentary film about this controversial philosopher and stay for a discussion panel featuring Jeffrey Van Davis, the film’s director, and Rockford University faculty members Stephen Hicks (Philosophy), David Sytsma (History), and Jules Gleicher (Political Science).
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Friday, March 4 from 3-5 p.m. in the CEE office in Burpee

Interview with Eduardo Marty

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Eduardo Marty is the Founder of Junior Achievement Argentina, an educational outreach program. Students in JA are taught how to prepare a business plan and raise funds. Approximately 50,000 students per year across Argentina participate. Marty has also held academic posts as professor at the University Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, and the University of Buenos Aires. He was the host of Buenos Aires’s major television talk show Boom—Politics and Economics. We met with Mr. Marty in Buenos Aires to talk about his business education programs for young people and the state of entrepreneurship in South America.

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Kaizen: Where did you grow up in Argentina?

Marty: In Buenos Aires. I went to elementary and high school here and the University too.

Kaizen: Before university, what was your education like?

Marty: Well, I went to school called National Buenos Aires. That’s the oldest high school in Buenos Aires, created in 1770. It’s a public school, but it’s a very prestigious one. It was the first school in Buenos Aires. To enter, you need to pass a very tough test once you finish elementary school. From five students submitting and applying—they accept just one. Our education is divided into elementary school and then secondary school. When I was in sixth grade I tried to pass the exam and I did it, so I was one year younger than the rest.

The Jewish community attends that school a lot. It is a very intellectual community here in Buenos Aires. By the way, you know that after New York Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish community in the hemisphere.

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CEE Interview with David R. Henderson

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s executive director, talks with economist David R. Henderson on seven myths about free markets.

CEE Interview with Al Gini

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Watch Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, interview Spring 2011 guest speaker Dr. Al Gini on critical tasks for leadership:

DeviantART: An Innovative Social Network for Artists

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Check out Entrepreneur Magazine‘s fascinating profile of Angelo Sotira, co-founder and CEO of DeviantART, a popular social network (over 14 million members) for visual artists of all kinds. Sotira and his colleagues created an innovative architecture to support online creative communities years before Facebook and MySpace, with features that those more famous social networks later appropriated. The article covers Sotira’s career, DeviantART’s history, its plans for the future, and also features a short video about Sotira and DeviantART.

Read it here.

Spring 2011 CEE Guest Speakers

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Dr. Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the cofounder and Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006); Seeking The Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010).
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Dr. Gini will give two talks on Thursday, February 10:
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“The Importance of Humor in Business”
9:30 to 10:45, SCAR 12
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“10 Critical Tasks for Leadership”
11:00 to 12:15, SCAR 16
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Dr. David R. Henderson is an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a research fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He was previously a senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and has testified before House and Senate congressional committees. He has also appeared on CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and C-SPAN.
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Dr. Henderson will give a talk on Thursday, February 17:
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“Seven Myths about Free Markets”
11:00 to 12:15, SCAR 16
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All who are interested may attend.