Archive for January, 2013

Philosophy and Film Series: Groundhog Day

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Philosophy and Film Series presents a discussion of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.

Join Professors Matt Flamm and Shawn Klein on February 4th, from 4 to 5pm in the CEE office (on the 2nd floor of Burpee, to the right of the cafeteria entrance).

Light refreshments will be provided. All members of the campus community may attend.

Professor Arielle John to Speak at Rockford University

Monday, January 28th, 2013

On January 31, Professor Arielle John will speak on “How culture influences entrepreneurial decision-making.” Professor John is a native of Trinidad and a Ph.D. candidate in economics from George Mason University. She currently teaches in the Department of Economics at Beloit College, Wisconsin.

Professor John’s talk will be held in Scarborough Hall, room 212, from 11 am-12:15 pm. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Spring Semester CEE News

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship has started another busy semester! Here is an update on some of our activities since the start of the new year:

We have our first Guest Speaker of the semester, Professor Arielle John, visiting next week (more details Monday).

Professor Shawn Klein has provided his thoughts on sports ethics and the Lance Armstrong confession to various media outlets, including CNN, Coach and Athletic Director Magazine, WREX 13 News, and CKNW Morning News (Search January 18 on the 6 a.m. hour; Dr. Klein’s segments are around the 10 minute and 20 minute marks).

Professor Stephen Hicks gave lectures in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Panama City, Panama, and Houston, Texas, was interviewed for the Cosmoetica blog, and appeared on David Hutzelman’s Public Affairs Public Access TV program (The full interview video is embedded below).

Steve Mariotti on NFTE Europe

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti writes about his Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s programs in Europe. “Youth unemployment,” he says, “Is one of the biggest problems in the world. Its impact is particularly evident in Europe, where in November youth unemployment rates hit 23.7 percent in the European Union, and a whopping 57.6 percent in Greece and 56.5 percent in Spain. I believe youth entrepreneurship education can bring these horrible unemployment rates down.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post.

Related: our in-depth interview with Steve Mariotti.

Lecture at the Bastiat Society in Panama

Monday, January 21st, 2013

On January 17, Dr. Hicks gave a talk to the Bastiat Society in Panama entitled “The Morality of Capitalism.”

Abstract:

What makes free-market capitalism good? Advocates give many reasons. Friedman emphasizes its wealth-generating prowess. Rand cites its protection of economic liberties. Hayek emphasizes its coordination of dispersed knowledge. Others cite its cultivation of individuality, its lessening of racism and sexism, its encouraging of self-responsibility, its promotion of peace between nations, and so on.

I believe all of those claims are true—though there is lively debate among free-market advocates about which has priority in making the case for the morality of markets. In this talk, I will plunge into that debate and argue that the various claims about the virtues of markets are harmonious rather than divisive—i.e., that Friedman, Rand, Hayek, and others are each contributing an element of an overall case for the morality of free-market, liberal capitalism.

Note: The Bastiat Society is named for Frédéric Bastiat, the great nineteenth-century liberal public intellectual.

Shawn Klein to be Featured on WREX 13 News

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Channel 13 News came by the CEE office today to interview Dr. Shawn Klein about sports ethics and Lance Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs. Watch WREX Morning News (January 18) or check out their video page if you missed it.

A short article about the interview was posted here.

Check the Sports Ethicist blog for further updates.

Shawn Klein on Lance Armstrong’s Doping Confession

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Lance Armstrong’s much-publicized interview with Oprah, in which he reportedly confesses to using performance enhancing drugs, will air tonight (January 17, 9pm ET, OWN). CNN asked columnists, authors, and sportswriters whether we should “give Lance another chance.” CEE professor Shawn Klein was among the responses CNN published. Dr. Klein wrote:

“After years of adamant denials and protestations of his innocence, Lance Armstrong has reportedly come forward to admit his use of prohibited performance enhancing drugs. If Armstrong is sincerely contrite and forthright in his apology, most people, including myself, will forgive him for his use of prohibited drugs.

He cheated in a sport known for its widespread cheating; that doesn’t justify his use but it does put his actions into an understandable context that makes it easier to excuse the use. Further, if Armstrong cooperates with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, his lifetime ban from cycling ought to be reduced to something more reasonable.

The more troubling aspects of the Armstrong case are the allegations that he harassed and intimidated team members and potential whistle-blowers. Violating the arbitrary rules of a sport shows a character flaw and poor judgment, but it is hard to see who else is truly harmed by such actions. But to threaten, intimidate and coerce others (either to use performance enhancing drugs themselves or to cover up his team’s use) causes real harm.

Even if only some of these reports are accurate, Armstrong will have to do more than sit on Oprah’s couch to earn forgiveness.”

Read more opinions on Armstrong’s confession here.

Related: Shawn Klein on the arguments against the use of performance enhancing technologies.

The End of the University as We Know It

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Nathan Harden writes a sweeping overview of “The End of the University as We Know It” for The American Interest Magazine. “We have reached a tipping point where new interactive web technology, coupled with widespread access to broadband internet service and increased student comfort interacting online, will send online education mainstream,” Harden says. Online students may miss out on some of the advantages of a residential college experience, but they will learn more efficiently, be able to choose from a more varied curriculum, and enjoy greater convenience, all at a lower price than traditional residential students pay. And universities will have to adopt this new model or become obsolete.

Read the full article here.

Related: Dr. Stephen Hicks’s entire Philosophy of Education course is now available online.

Dr. Stephen Hicks Gives Lecture in Brazil

Monday, January 14th, 2013

On January 7, Dr. Hicks gave a talk to over 40 young business executives at the Instituto de Estudo Empresariais (Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Hicks’s lecture focused on “Entrepreneurs as Heroes.” His theme showed that the entrepreneurial commitment to value creation is of profound moral significance. According to Hicks, “Many moral codes emphasize not doing bad things, or praise most those who give away or even take from others. But an entrepreneur is neither a taker nor a giver nor a non-doer — but rather an active doer who creates value and trades with others. So we need an entrepreneurially-based moral code.”

After the lecture, attendees participated in a lively debate centered on Hicks’s lecture.

Contrarian: Mary Mazzio’s Next Film

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Filmmaker, Olympian, and Kaizen interviewee Mary Mazzio’s new documentary about John Templeton, Contrarian, is coming soon.

“CONTRARIAN is a new film which chronicles the life of legendary investor, John Templeton, who ranks among the top investors of all time, alongside Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch. John’s resilience and his meteoric rise as an entrepreneur and investor can be attributed to lessons learned in his youth: think differently, live frugally, be willing to bet against conventional thinking, and, above all, be honest.”

Watch the trailer for Contrarian below.

Contrarian Trailer: 50 Eggs Films from 50EGGS on Vimeo.

Learn more about Contrarian at 50 Eggs Films.

Related: Our interview with Mary Mazzio.