Posts Tagged ‘Rockford College’

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.

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.

Crimes and Misdemeanors Screening and Discussion November 8

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The Philosophy and Film Series presents the 1989 Woody Allen drama Crimes and Misdemeanors, starring Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and Anjelica Houston. Professors Shawn Klein and Matt Flamm will host a screening of the film and a discussion of its philosophical themes.

Date: November 8

Place: Peterson Auditorium, Starr Science Building, Rockford University


Screening: 6 pm

Discussion: 8 pm

Call for Abstracts: 2013 Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Monday, October 8th, 2012

From Professor Shawn Klein’s Sports Ethicist blog:

Call for Abstracts

Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness
The 2nd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium
Date: April 19, 2013

Grace Roper Lounge
Rockford University
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Fans play a central role at all levels and within various aspects of sport, so any study of sport would do well to consider their influences in connection to fandom, fantasy, and fitness. A specific and growing area of fandom, fantasy sports, illustrates a concrete and complex way fans relate to and even affect sport. Moreover, the implicit and explicit connection of sport to fitness offers another important way that fans interact with sport. This year’s symposium seeks to explore and examine these aspects of the relationship between fan and sport.

We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit an abstract on these themes. This symposium will then bring together several panels of scholars to discuss these themes. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the submitted abstracts. Each presenter on a panel will have 20 minutes for their presentation. This will be followed by 30 minutes of a combined Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Submissions are welcome on this theme of Fandom, Fantasy, and Fitness, or other related issues arising in the study of Sport. Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to SSS13[at]

Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2013.
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, February 4th, 2013.

If you have any questions, please email SSS13[at], contact Shawn Klein (Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department) at 815-226-4115, or Michael Perry (Assistant Professor, English Department) at 815-226-4098.

Blade Runner Screening and Discussion October 11

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Philosophy and Film Series presents the 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Professors Shawn Klein and Matt Flamm will host a screening of the film and a discussion of its philosophical themes.

Date: October 11

Place: Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall, Rockford University


Screening: 5pm

Discussion: 7 pm

Our Curiosity: From Rockford to Mars

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The video below tells the inspirational tale of how a local small business, Forest City Gear, produced over 75 gears for NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity. Eagle-eyed viewers will spot a Rockford College sticker.

Watch more of local filmmaker Pablo Korona’s excellent series, Our City, Our Story, here.

Shawn Klein Interviewed by The New York Times

Monday, August 13th, 2012

CEE Professor Shawn Klein was interviewed by another major publication, The New York Times, on sports ethics. The article discusses bending the rules in sports, and whether an athlete who has attained sports excellence has necessarily attained moral excellence.

Read the New York Times article here.

Read Professor Klein’s article at his Sports Ethicist blog.

Shawn Klein on the Ousted Olympic Badminton Players

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Bloomberg interviewed CEE professor Shawn Klein on the recent badminton scandal at the Olympics. Four players were disqualified for losing on purpose, which they apparently did in order to play against weaker opponents in future matches, increasing their chances at winning a medal. “You have to play hard, you can’t just mail it in,” [Dr. Klein] said in a telephone interview. “But as I think about it more and what sports is, rules of the game and good sportsmanship, I started wondering when is it appropriate to kick them out of the game and is it really that wrong?”

Read the article here.

Sports Studies Symposium This Saturday, April 28

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The First Annual Rockford University Sports Symposium will be held this Saturday, April 28 in Grace Roper Lounge in Burpee Center at Rockford University. This event is open to everyone.

Panel #1: 10-11:30 AM


Shawn E. Klein (Rockford University)


Erin Flynn (Ohio Wesleyan University): “On the Suárez Handball”

Tatiana Patrone (Ithaca College): “On What Running Could Be”

Christopher Johnson (University of Alberta): “Virtuous Victory”

Panel #2: 12:30-2 PM


Michael Perry (Rockford University)


Christine Neejer (Michigan State University): “Mary Sargent Hopkins, Bicycling, and the Rhetoric of Expertise”

Christopher Garland (University of Florida): “With God on the Sideline: Religious Rhetoric in Tebowmania and the Penn State Scandal”

Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin at Whitewater): “Blogging in the Backfield: Social Media in Sport Contexts”

Click here to view a PDF of the flier.

More details at Rockford University’s blog at the Rockford Register Star.

Contact sklein[at] or mperry[at] for more information.

Support the Center!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Please consider supporting the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship for 2012. See our Campaign 2012 page for details about our first four years’ accomplishments and our future plans.