Ethics across the Curriculum: The Marquette Experience

Ethics across the Curriculum: The Marquette Experience

Ethics across the Curriculum: The Marquette Experience

Ethics across the Curriculum: The Marquette Experience

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Collaborative efforts of magnitude made possible, in successive order, the creation of Marquette University's Center for Ethics Studies, the two-year Program in Ethics Education, and the present volume of essays written by participants in that program. Acknowledging contributors to those outcomes is itself instructive regarding the necessary conditions for success on the scale that a long-term institutional commitment requires.

It was back in 1985 that a small interdisciplinary committee of faculty began to explore the possibility of an ethics center on this campus, working from the original idea of Dr. Marvin Berkowitz in the Psychology Department, and provided administrative blessing and financial support by then Dean of Arts & Sciences John Schlegel, S.J. and Quentin Quade, Executive Vice President.

By 1988 efforts to secure outside funding achieved fruition with a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Indispensable assistance from Dr. Lynn Miner and Susan Ladwig of Marquette's Office of Research Support facilitated the work of Professors Robert Ashmore and William Starr, both of the Philosophy Department, who submitted the successful grant proposal and became project directors under terms of that grant.

The two-year Program in Ethics Education funded by NEH enabled 27 faculty to work together in summer institutes and academic year programs that immediately engaged 18 departments of the university in a major interdisciplinary enterprise. The listing of those Marquette faculty can be found in an appendix to this volume. Generous assistance from Francis Lazarus, Vice President for Academic Affairs, made possible the establishment of an office for the new Center for Ethics Studies. Ms. Kristie Zimmer ably and cheerfully has functioned for over two years as secretary to a staff that includes myself as director and Professors Starr and Berkowitz as associate directors.

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