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Think responsibly and act ethically in your personal and professional life.

Through a wide range of programs and activities—seminars, essay contests, the Ethics Bowl, internships and scholarships—we encourage you to think responsibly about the kinds of moral dilemmas and choices you face as a professional and as a global citizen.

Since 1987, we have provided faculty with teaching models, and we sponsor faculty research, student internships and public programs in business and professional ethics. We welcome speakers from all over the world to discuss moral, ethical, and philosophical issues in various facets of life. We have hosted discussions in fields ranging from business to art. We also encourage students to continue thinking about the ideas introduced in the classroom to other aspects of life by sponsoring the student organization Philosophy Club.

Spring 2017 Events


Tuesday, April 4
“The First Hundred Days: Is Trump an Ethical Leader?”
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Town Hall

  • Fred Guy, Director, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and Associate Professor, Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies

  • C. Richard Swaim, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Public and International Affairs and Senior Fellow, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics 

Wednesday, April 5
“Global Ethics: North Korea’s Nuclear Threat”
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Town Hall

  • Boram Yi, Assistant Professor, Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies 

It is estimated that North Korea has amassed enough materials to build at least 20-25 nuclear weapons by 2016. The country not only boasts its growing number of nuclear arsenals, but also demonstrates its willingness to use them through series of recent tests. Why does North Korea continue to develop nuclear weapons while majority of its population barely have enough to eat? Why is its nuclear ambition a serious security concern of the world? What would a “different approach” by the Trump administration look like? This talk hopes to help understand one of the most secretive nations in the world and explain why we should care about it. 

Thursday, April 6
"Ethical Issues in Intelligence Gathering"  
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Town Hall

  • Alexander H. Thomas, CTRC USN, CVN72

Malachi O'Doherty: reading from his upcoming biography of Gerry Adams
Student Center, Wright Theater

  • Malachi O’Doherty, Journalist and Author of The Telling Year: Belfast 1972

Saturday, April 8
"The Ethics of Repeal and Replace: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the First 100 Days"
11:45a.m.-1 p.m.
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Town Hall

There is more fog than fact about the Affordable Care Act in the mainstream media, and a surprising level of confusion about its merits among those who benefit from it.  

This non-partisan discussion examines the realities and challenges the political talking points about Repeal and Replace. It focuses on (i) why is this a priority now, (ii) who benefits from the change, (iii) who is harmed, and (iv) in what ways.

Monk Visit

Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery visit UB!
Sacred Art Tour in Baltimore

The Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore is pleased to join in their mission to share peace, maintain their culture, and raise funds for their monastery.

Tuesday, May 2
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Town Hall

  • The Monks will hold a cultural pageant which will include a debate and dances.

Wednesday, May 3
Wright Theater & Bogomonly Room in the Student Center

  • The Monks will give a talk on compassion and loving kindness.

Both programs are FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call 410.837.5379 or email

Past Events

Ethics Week walking tour

Students joined Scott Burkholder of Baltimore Love Project for a walking tour and lecture on public art in Baltimore during Ethics Week 2016.



Two year ethics bowl

Coach Fred Guy (3rd from right) and students (l. to r.) Thermon Morris, Jr., Anna Alrub, Raquel Bowings, Abby Salazar, Keanuu Smith-Brown, and Moses Wamalwa represented University of Baltimore at the 2016 Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. They placed 5th place with a 3-1 record and advanced to the national competition.





Last Published 4/27/17