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Center for Business Ethics

The Hoffman Center for Business: Business Ethics Research Brown Bag Series

Spring 2024

Ewan Kingston, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University 
Title:  So You Are Selling Asbestos: The Ethics of Threatened Industries
April 12th, 12:30-1:45
Zoom Registration

Lindsey D. Cameron, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
Title: Work at What Costs?: How Platform Labor Shifts across Boarders Through A Multi-National Comparative Ethnography of the Ride-Hailing Industry 
March 5th, 11:00 - 12:15
Zoom Registration

Shelle Santana, Bentley University Lan Xia, Bentley University
Title: Moral Values and the Purpose of Business: A Comparison of Liberal and Conservative Views
February 15th, 12:30 – 1:45 
Zoom Registration 


Fall 2023

Francesco Giarmoleo, University of Navarra (Spain)
Title: Charting AI Ethics: The Path to Virtuous Augmented Organizations
November 9th, 12:30 – 1:45
Hybrid, room AAC120
Zoom Registration

Thomas Donaldson, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Plotting the Corporate Value Gap
October, 19th, 12:30 – 1:45
Zoom Registration

Joshua Preiss, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Title: The Business Ethics of AI: Creating Good Jobs or a Good Jobs Crisis?
September 22nd, 12:30 – 1:45 | AAC 325 AB
Zoom Registration


Spring 2023

Mikhail (Mike) Valdman, Virginia Commonwealth University
Title: Why you Shouldn't Try to Make the World a Better Place
April 14th, 12:30 - 1:45
Hybrid Event - AAC 254

Sareh Pouryousefi, Toronto Metropolitan University
Title: Trust, Moral Obligations, and the Algorithmic Corporation
March 24th, 12:30 - 1:45

Leonora Onarheim Bergsjø (University of Agder and University College of Østfold, Norway)
Title: The Art of Securing Trustworthy AI: Ethical Risks Assessment in Practice
February 16, 12:30 – 1:45

Tom White (Emeritus, Loyola Marymount University)
Title: The Monetization of Ignorance, Fear, and Conflict: An Issue of Corporate Social Responsibility 
January 26, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.
Hybrid Event - AAC 254

Fall 2022

Pierre André (UCLouvain, Belgium)
Title: Should Big Corporate Polluters Pay for Climate Change?
September 30, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.
Hybrid Event - AAC 254

Robert Hughes (Harvard University)
Title: Is a Low Wage a Benefit or a Harm?
October 21, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.
Hybrid Event - AAC 254

Carol Hay (UMass Lowell)
Title: Girl Boss: Privilege, Power, & Responsibility
Nov. 11, 12:30 -1:45 p.m.
Hybrid Event - AAC 254

Spring 2022

Marco Marabelli (Bentley University)
Title: Everything You Always Wanted to know about the Metaverse* (*But Were Afraid to Ask): Present, Future and Ethical Implications
January 28, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.

Ivan Montiel (Baruch College)
Title: Multinational-NGO Partnerships for Sustainability
February 11, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Kristin Smith-Crowe (Boston University)
Title: Out with the Racists: Ostracism is More Likely in Response to Racism Compared to Other Kinds of Moral Violations
March 25, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.

Aine Donovan (Dartmouth College)
Title: The Ethics of Deception in Business: When, if ever, is it morally acceptable to deceive a client or consumers?
April 8, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.

Jill Brown (Bentley University)
Title: The Fork in the Road for Social Enterprises
April 29, 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m.

Fall 2021

Gus Skorburg (University of Guelph)
Room 254, Adamian Academic Building OR Zoom
Title: Human Rights, Human Resources, and Hiring Algorithms
September 17, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Helen Meldrum (Bentley University)
Title: Remembering Larry Kohlberg
October 22, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Michael Kates (Saint Joseph's University)
Room 254, Adamian Academic Building OR Zoom
Title: Sweatshops, Exploitation, and the Non-Worseness Claim
November 12, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Spring 2021

Laurel Steinfield (Bentley University) and Maureen Bourassa (University of Saskatchewan)
Title: The Social Impact of Stakeholder Engagements: A Community-Centric Perspective
January 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Miguel Alzola (Fordham University)
Title: When Is Blame Appropriate (And When It Is Not) in the Workplace?
February 16, 2021, 2:00 -- 3:20 PM

Josh Simons (Harvard University)
Title: Regulating Informational Infrastructure: Are Facebook and Google Utilities for Democracy?
Co-hosted by the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University
Sponsored by the State Street Foundation
March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

John Basl (Northeastern University) Jeff Behrends (Harvard University) and David Gray Grant (University of Texas, San Antonio)
Title: What We Owe to Decision Subjects: Beyond Transparency and Explanation in Automated Decision-Making?
April 6, 2021, 2:00 -- 3:20 PM

Fall 2020

Sami Ghaddar (Bentley University)
Title: The Influence of Director Age on Corporate Social Performance: A Quantile Regression Approach
October 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Erica Steckler (UMass Lowell)
Title: The Elephant in the Room: Corporate Social Underachievement in Developing Economies
November 4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Ellen Cobb (SAI Global)
Title: Workplace Psychosocial Risks: The Importance of Their Management for the Ethical US Employer
December 2, 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m

Additional information on the time, location, and options for online participation will be announced for these talks when available.

Spring 2020

Aaron Ancell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bentley University
Topic: Who Knows What? Corporate Responsibility in the 21st-Century   Regulatory State
Tuesday, January 14, 2:00  -- 3:20 PM
Location: AAC 254

Tobey Scharding, Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers Business School
Topic: Trust, Trustworthiness, and Cryptocurrencies
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:00 -- 3:20 PM
Location: AAC 254

Gunnar Babcock, doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University at Albany and adjunct instructor of philosophy at Hartwick College and Marist College. Talk to be held in collaboration with the Health TLN
Topic: Can you own a species?
February 11, 2020, 2:00 -- 3:20 PM
Location: SMI 201

Danny Shahar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy--Research, University of New Orleans
Topic: Living in Harm's Way: When Are Victims Responsible?
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 2:00 -- 3:20 PM
Location: Wilder Pavilion