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Ethics Week

Every year, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics devotes time and efforts to put on a week of learning with lunches and special presentations concerning ethics. The subject matters range from personal ethics to business relationships, family problems, health care, and international issues. Speakers from the University of Baltimore, surrounding Universities, and well-known companies or governmental institutions are invited to share information with students and faculty. The goal is to make people aware of the ethical responsibilities and situations that confront individuals in every day life and work and to prepare people to face those situations with knowledge and understanding.

In 2006, the Center invited speakers from the University of Baltimore and a few other key speakers. Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., the Director of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs for the City of Annapolis spoke, about political corruption in city governments. His speech concerned his experiences as City Manager for Providence, Rhode Island and how his efforts to eliminate corruption were thwarted by other governmental officials. Judge Paul Garvey Goetzke of the 5th Judicial Circuit for Anne Arundel County was another key speaker during the week. He used his experiences as a judge and community activist to speak about bullying in everyday life and work.

In 2007, Malinoff was invited again to speak about his experiences in a selective group of City Planners being trained to confront the problems of globing warming. David W. Danjczek, Senior Advisor for Ethics Globally, was another key speaker. His speech concerned his experiences as the ethics consultant for a company that had previously paid the largest penalty in U.S. history for international bribery. Later in the week, Lt. Col. Walter Tuffy, Chief of International Affairs for the Baltimore Police Department, spoke of the implications of ethics as they relate to the international community.

In 2008, Barbara Feinman Todd, Associate Dean of Journalism for the Masters of Professional Studies at Georgetown University, brought a speech concerning ghostwriting, editing, and researching for senators, journalists, and business leaders. Particularly interesting was her involvement in Benjamin Bradlee’s A Good Life and Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village. Dr. Harold Cohen, Senior Analyst for SPC/TriData Corporation, gave a presentation later in the week. His speech was ripped out of the headlines as it referred directly to the Virginia Tech Shooting.

In 2009, the Hoffberger Center repeated its goal of finding key speakers from diverse backgrounds. Jeff Singer, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, gave a most interesting presentation concerning the problems and challenges that arise in bringing health care for the homeless. His experience enlightened the audience to issues that few realize or recognize as important to this work. Alec Walen, Ph.D. Research Scholar at the University and Maryland and former University of Baltimore of professor, spoke about the ethical issues concerning Guantanamo Bay and Preventive Detainment in general. Speaking on a subject that has received much publicity, Dr. Walen provided very real observations and insight into this controversial issue. William H. Brill, Ph.D. and President of William Brill Associates, was another key speaker who intrigued the audience with his speech on the ethics of Violence. Pulling from personal experience, he provided insight into the minds of some of the most violent offenders in history and their outlook on these heinous crimes. Finishing out the week, Anita Tarzian, R.N. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland Law School, gave an extremely personal speech concerning the recent passing of her mother and the care that was provided. The audience sat in complete silence as they absorbed the ethical implications involved in the treatment of individuals in Hospice Care.

In 2010, Ms. Trisha Meili, author of the best-selling memoir; I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER: A Story of Hope and Possibility, was invited to speak about the horrific Central Park incident that almost ended her life. In her presentation, Trisha lectured about the capacity of the human body and spirit to heal as she recounted been beaten, raped, bound, and gagged on April 19, 1989 during a run in New York City’s Central Park. Her experience enlightened the audience about the power of hope and possibility. Trisha shared lessons she learned during her recovery that allowed her to heal from this horrible tragedy. Her story encouraged the audience to overcome life’s obstacles regardless of what they might be.

In 2011, Ethics Week featured Dr. Shaun Baker, Assistant Director at Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and his lecture “On the Hermetic Experience: Admiral Stockdale, Hao Lo and the Stanford Prison Experiment. In his presentation, he explored the implications the results of his experiment held for our view of human nature, and the proper role of law, institutions, authority, freedom, and social utility.