Author Archive

Shawn Klein on the Biogenesis Scandal

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Biogenesis

At his blog, The Sports Ethicist, Dr. Shawn Klein explores the ethical issues at play in the recent Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal in major league baseball. Dr. Klein’s post was later linked to by Sports Illustrated columnist Phil Taylor.

Philosophy and Film Series: Fight Club

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Philosophy and Film group will meet Monday, March 4 from 4-5 pm in the CEE office (2nd floor, Burpee) to discuss the 1999 film Fight Club.

Light refreshments will be provided. All who are interested in discussing the philosophical themes presented in this film may attend.

Questions or more information: CEE[at]rockford.edu

Spring 2013 Guest Speaker Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Marta Podemska-Mikluch to Rockford University on Tuesday, February 26. Professor Podemska-Mikluch will give a talk on Succession, Elections, and Self-Governance from 11 am to 12:15 pm in SCAR 212.

Professor Podemska-Mikluch is a visiting assistant professor of Economics at Beloit College. She recently finished her dissertation at George Mason University on the democratic decline of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Questions or further information: CEE[at]rockford.edu

Using Entrepreneurship Education to Reduce Crime

Monday, February 11th, 2013

About 3 percent of American adults are currently under correctional supervision, and about 1/3 of Americans will be arrested before age 23. Both groups may have trouble finding legitimate employment and may therefore turn to crime to make a living. Entrepreneurship education offers a way out of this cycle: self-employed entrepreneurs can circumvent background checks, low wages, and discrimination.

The Pecuniology blog lists some organizations that educate these segments of the population about entrepreneurship.

Soon Chilean Entrepreneurs Will Be Able to Incorporate in One Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

By May, a new law in Chile should be in effect, allowing entrepreneurs to incorporate their businesses online for free within one day. This is part of Chile’s Year of Innovation, a billion-dollar initiative launched by President Sebastián Piñera, which is designed to simplify the process of innovation for Chileans.

Read more about the new law here.

Learn about Chile’s Year of Innovation.

The Value of Failure

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Christopher Hann, at Entrepreneur, writes about the value of failure in life and in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs should not ignore the possibility of failure, but should learn to “fail early and often.” They can then identify their failures through trial and error in the beginning stages of a venture and have time to adapt and improve their business.

Read the article here.

Related: famous entrepreneurs list their favorite songs that inspire them to bounce back after failure.

Also related: Dr. Stephen Hicks on The Entrepreneurial Process.

Interview with Professor Arielle John

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Professor Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, interviewed guest speaker Arielle John (Beloit College) about the influence of culture on entrepreneurship. Watch the interview below.

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).