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The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative (KBEI) has as its mission to examine the role and influence of business in public life, to promote inquiry into ethical business practices and education, and to be a leading resource for business professionals, students, faculty, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well-lived.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Jerry Davis to visit Seidman

May 10, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jerry Davis is the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan. Davis received his PhD...

Dr. Michele Harper to visit GVSU

May 18, 2022 All Day

Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the emergency...

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Our Emersonian First Amendment: An Essay by Nathan Goetting

Nathan Goetting, Professor of Criminal Justice & Jurisprudence at Adrian College, presents a robust defense of the First Amendment as the rock upon which academic freedom is built, and his concerns for its future.

Jan 13, 2022

CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens helped perpetuate the opioid crisis, a jury found, the first time retailers were held accountable.

Jan Hoffman, whose writing is centered around behavioral health and health law, discusses three of the nation's largest pharmacy chains' contribution to the opioid crisis in Ohio after a federal jury verdict.

Nov 23, 2021

New Inaugural Executive-in-Residence Program with Dr. John Kinch

The KBEI is pleased to announce that Dr. John Kinch, the Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options, has agreed to serve as our first designated executive under our new Executive-in-Residence program.

Sep 30, 2021

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Truth, Trust, and 'Alternative Facts' - The Future of Knowledge in the Public Square

A discussion moderated by Michael DeWilde, with guests Andrew Spear, PhD and Michael Wolfe, PhD. 

Michigan As A Climate Refugee State - A Conversation About Our Future

KBEI November 2021 Webinar: Michigan As A Climate Refugee State

Guests Keith Schneider and Beth Gibbons, two prominent observers of the effects of climate change on Michigan, discuss our future as a climate refugee state with Michael DeWilde as a moderator. 

What would becoming a climate refugee state mean for the quality of life in Michigan? How will this impact our resources and our relations with neighboring states and with Canada? Speakers Keith Schneider and Beth Gibbons take up these and other questions - including questions from the audience.