Archive for the ‘Speakers’ Category

Guest speaker Shawn Klein to speak on fan morality and concussions in the NFL

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Guest speaker Professor Shawn Klein will speak at Rockford University on fan morality and concussions in the NFL.

There will be two sessions: 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50. Both will be located in Scarborough 020.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Dr. Gregory Sadler to speak at Rockford University

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Dr. Gregory Sadler, President and co-Founder of ReasonIO, will give three talks at Rockford University on Monday, October 31.

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship is sponsoring the talks. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Click on the image below to see the details.sadler-flyer


Free Markets, Socialism, and Immigration — CEE to host two panels at Rockford University

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and the Austrian Economic Center will host two  panels on The Role of the State: The American Dream? Socialism? and Immigration: Controlled or Free? on Friday, April 1, 2:00-4:00 P.M in Severson auditorium in Scarborough Hall on the Rockford University campus. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

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Panelists will include:

Barbara Kolm, President of the Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria

Karl-Peter Schwarz, Journalist for a leading German-speaking newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Federico N. Fernández, Senior Fellow in the Austrian Economics Center (Austria) and President of Fundación Bases (Argentina)

Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland

Matt Flamm, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University

Jules Gleicher, Professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Political Science Department at Rockford University

Robert Evans, Associate Professor of Economics, Business, and Accounting/Political Science at Rockford University

Stephen Hicks, Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University and Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship

For more information contact Jennifer Harrolle at

What’s Wrong with China? Robert Garmong to visit Rockford University

Friday, February 19th, 2016

IMG_2810On Friday, February 19, Dr. Robert Garmong will give two lectures at Rockford University on the good and bad in contemporary Chinese business ethics. Is China improving or deteriorating? Should one be bullish or bearish about China — not just economically but in terms of ethical conduct?

The first lecture is at 2:00-2:50. The second is at 3:00-3:50. Both located in Scar 220. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Garmong is Lecturer of Business Ethics at the Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dailan, China. He is also Executive Director of the Ouray Initiative for Reason and Individualism in Hong Kong.

View a PDF flyer for the event here.

Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Carrie-Ann Biondi to speak at Rockford University

Monday, March 30th, 2015

biondi-carrie-annDr. Carrie-Ann Biondi of Marymount Manhattan College will be speaking on “Mike Rowe and Ayn Rand: Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

According to Professor Shawn Klein, who is organizing the talk, Dr. Biondi’s focus is actor Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and what those television programs show about productiveness as a virtue.

“There is no such thing as clean or dirty work, but rather work done either well or poorly.”

Rowe,Mike-Dirty-JobsDr. Biondi won Marymount Manhattan’s teaching excellence award in 2012. A video of her acceptance speech is here.

Time: April 2.
Location: Rockford University campus (map here).

Professor Biondi’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and is open to all interested parties.

Professor Larry Hickman to speak at Rockford University

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

hickmanlarryLarry Hickman is a leading authority on the philosophy of John Dewey. Professor Hickman is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, has written and edited multiple books on Dewey, and is the director for the Dewey Center at SIUC.

At Rockford University, he is giving a campus-wide talk entitled “Teaching About Religion in a Globalizing Culture.”

Time: Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m.
Location: Fisher Chapel (Rockford University campus map).

Professor Hickman’s talk is sponsored by the CEE and organized by Dr. Matthew Flamm. More about Dr. Hickman is here.

Professor Robert Salvino to Speak at Rockford University

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

On April 23, Robert Salvino will speak on the topic of “Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.” Dr. Salvino received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2007 and currently teaches in the Department of Economics at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.

All of the campus community is welcome to attend. Scarborough Hall, Rm 212 from 11:00am – 12:15pm.

Dr. Terry Noel to Speak at Rockford University

Monday, March 11th, 2013

On March 28, Dr. Terry Noel will speak on “The Virtuous Entrepreneur.” Noel is Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University where he teaches classes in Entrepreneurship and Management. Dr. Noel’s research has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.

All of the campus community is welcome to attend. Scarborough Hall, Rm 212 from 11:00am – 12:15pm.

Kaizen Weekly Review

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor: Virginia Murr

The Last Mile May Be First Step for Inmate Entrepreneurs

At California’s San Quentin prison, inmates have the opportunity to participate in the Last Mile, an entrepreneurship course modeled on start-up incubators that take in batches of young companies and provide them with courses, informal advice, and seed investments. Start-up ideas from inmates include a cardiovascular health organization and an e-commerce site for artists in prison. Read the full article here.


The Open Letter that Stopped a Lucrative Marketing Campaign

On September 19, 2012, Thor Halvorssen, Founder of the Human Rights Foundation, published this open letter to Urban Outfitters in The Huffington Post about its Che Guevara marketing campaign and line of fashion merchandise. The letter is useful as a case study for Business Ethics courses in discussions of marketing using popular political figures, especially those with a record like Guevara’s. Urban Outfitters subsequently decided to drop its Che campaign and fashion line.


The Morality of Capitalism

Stephen Hicks gave a talk to the Bastiat Society in Panama on the debates over the morality of capitalism, contrasting the positions of Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, and others. Here is the abstract from his lecture.

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


.A Quirky Interview

In a recent interview with Dan Schneider for Cosmoetica, Hicks covered such themes as the nature of values, art, religion, corporations, and the meaning of life. Other interviewees in the series include Daniel Dennett, Larry Sanger, and Steven Pinker.



Would More Regulations Curb NCAA Violations?

Shawn Klein is quoted in this article from Coach and Athletic Director magazine examining the use of more regulations to curb NCAA violations. In the article, Klein states: “I don’t know that stricter policies or punishment would be that much more effective, because part of the problem is that there are so many rules and a lot of them are opaque.” Read the full article.


CEE Guest Speaker Series

Marta Podemska-Mikluch, a visiting professor of Economics at Beloit College and recent Ph.D. graduate from George Mason University, was CEE’s guest speaker for February. She gave a talk to students and professors on “Succession, Elections, and Self-Governance,” focusing on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s “nobles’ democracy” of the 16th century.



See you next week!

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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.

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