Think responsibly and act ethically in your personal and professional life.
About the Center
Through a wide range of programs and activities—seminars, ethics bowls, student positions and scholarships—the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics encourages 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.
The Hoffberger Center has grown and prospered because of the continued interest and support of our friends in the academic, business and professional communities. By inviting our colleagues from community colleges, corporations and the professions to participate in the Hoffberger Center programs and activities, we are learning a great deal about the kinds of ethical issues and problems that arise in business and the professions, and we are sharing these insights with our University faculty and students.
In return, the Hoffberger Center has been able to offer guidance in developing ethical awareness, ethical decision-making, and codes of ethics to our friends outside the University of Baltimore. Together we have discovered that for any discussion of ethics to be of lasting value it must combine well the practical with the theoretical.
Read more about the Hoffberger Center and civil discourse in the latest issue of The University of Baltimore Magazine.
Hoffberger Center Hosts Inaugural Author-Meets-Critics Event
On Nov. 10, the Hoffberger Center hosted its first-ever Author-Meets-Critics event, a virtual discussion highlighting McGill University’s Ronald Niezen and his new book, #HumanRights: The Technologies and Politics of Justice Claims in Practice. The critics were UB faculty members Joshua Kassner and Ñusta Carranza Ko representing the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Public Affairs, respectively. Co-sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs and the Philosophy, Law, and Ethics undergraduate program, the event drew over 50 attendees. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, executive director of the School of Public and International Affairs, noted that “Professors Niezen, Kassner, and Ko made all of us think in new and deeper ways about human rights issues in the contemporary world.”
Stay tuned for more scholarly events from the Hoffberger Center in 2021.