#ethicsatwork Speaker Series

#ethics at work bannerA Community Forum at the Intersection of Business & Ethics

Is the sole social responsibility of business the mere maximization of profit? Is it wrong for firms to mandate vaccines or masks? What are the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning? #ethicsatwork is a community forum in which ethicists, executives, professionals and community members meet to discuss important and relevant topics at the intersection of business and ethics.

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February-April 2023

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You will receive a Zoom link after you register

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Upcoming Presenters

Thursday, March 9, 2023
5-6 p.m. CST
Étienne Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Philosophy, San José State University

Presenter Étienne Brown
Towards a Political Philosophy of Content Moderation

Within the last decade, content moderation has become a central feature of social media. As a result, the flow of information to which citizens are exposed is now heavily controlled by private actors. Which problems does this pose for democracy (if any)? While some worry that content moderation amounts to a new form of political domination or threatens our fundamental right to free speech, others point out that problematic content such as misinformation, hate speech or deep fakes must be regulated if democracy is to function well. This discussion will focus on the difficult question of determining how content moderation can be reconciled with freedom and self-government.

About Étienne Brown
Étienne Brown is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San José State University, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Broadly construed, his research interests are within political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of technology, with a current focus on the regulation of speech on social media. Recently, he has written about the philosophical implications of misinformation, fake news and internet trolling. He is the author of Moral Judgement: An Introduction Through Anglo-American, German and French Philosophy.


Zoom Link: https://wisconsin-edu.zoom.us/j/95261707858?pwd=dTc0VHRETG1HNXNKWVlZZXJCNDQxUT09

Thursday, April 13, 2023
4-5 p.m. CST
Derek Jeffreys, Ph.D., Professor Humanities & Religion, UW-Green Bay

Presenter Derek Jeffreys
Must We Degrade? Human Dignity and the American Prison

This discussion will consider the nature and justification of punishment in the American criminal justice system.  Punishment in prisons, particularly maximum-security prisons, can be deeply degrading, subjecting people to brutal and harsh conditions.  What is the ethical justification for treating people this way? To explore this question, we will discuss different meanings of the concept of human dignity, using them to ethically evaluate contemporary American punishment.  The presenter will also draw on his experience of teaching philosophy in prisons and jails.  

About Derek Jeffreys
Derek S. Jeffreys is Professor of Humanities and Religion at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.  He did both his B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.  His research focuses on ethics and violence, and he is author of four books. His latest is America’s Jails: The Search for Human Dignity in an Age of Mass Incarceration.  For almost a decade, he has offered volunteer religion and philosophy lectures to inmates in the Green Bay Correctional Institution and the Brown County Jail. He is also a religious volunteer at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.


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Looking for more philosophy? Philosophers’ Cafés are public forums held in collaboration with St. Norbert College at local coffee shops and pubs in which community members engage in open, friendly, and respectful dialogue in a relaxed and informal setting.

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