Business Ethics Center

Upcoming B.E.C. Events: 2013-2014

October 22, 2013: NY Times best-selling author and NYU Stern School professor Jonathan Haidt has agreed to come Tuesday, Oct. 22 to give a keynote address that will be open to the public.  The Ethics Center is proud to partner with the Hauenstein Center for this event.

Jonathan Haidt Biography - Click here



We have formed a partnership with the Making Choices Michigan Initiative to help foster a community-wide conversation on Advanced Care Planning (ACP).  With Dr. John Fox, AVP of Priority Health, we have begun a series of meetings to raise awareness of the initiative and bring relevant communities and professions together to widen the scope and impact of the initiative.  As part of this, during the winter of 2014 we will be bringing a leader in this field to campus, Dr. Leslie Blackhall.  Dr. Blackhall currently heads up the Palliative Care Research center at the University of Virginia. For more information on Dr. Blackhall and Palliative Care Research click here.




September 4th-9th Prof. DeWilde, director of the Center, will be in India and is scheduled to give a keynote address at the Academy of Values-Based Management conference in New Delhi. The title of the talk is  “The Virtues That Make Possible the Values:  A Report From the Field.”  Please visit the conference website at


Monday, Nov. 11th the BEC is partnering with Making Choices Michigan  to host a conversation titled "Death, Dying, and Talking"  highlighting the importance - and challenge - of drawing up advanced directives.  A feature of the evening will be a simulated advanced directive conversation facilitated by a social worker who specializes in these discussions.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday November 13th  Prof. DeWilde has been invited to deliver one of the Hauenstein Center's Wheelhouse Talks on Leadership.  To be held in Grand Rapids at the UICA.       "Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who share their philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow will come together to evoke stories of triumph and tragedy, tradition and innovation, conflict and collaboration, career-pathing and serendipity. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — will be center stage."

Tuesday November 19th, 5:30-7 pm    Our sixth annual "What Do Employers Want" panel discussion with local CEOs and executives.  Open to all.  In Allendale. 

Further information on these and many other 2013-2014 BEC events will be forthcoming over the summer.    Prof. DeWilde can be reached at


Winter 2014 Events, with Dates and Locations to be Announced:

Prof. Nathan Goetting, J.D., on privacy and recent Supreme Court decisions.  Prof. Goetting teaches at Adrian College and is editor of the National Lawyers Guild Review.

Dr. Jerry Davis on income inequality and the future of capitalism.  Prof. Davis is the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan.  January 16, 2014, 6 pm.

Dr. J.P. Sniadecki on educational and political trends in China.  Prof. Sniadecki (PhD, Harvard University) teaches at Cornell University and is an award-winning documentary film-maker.


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