I. Davidson College, NC:
Professor of Applied Ethics, and Director of the Vann Center for Ethics,
since July 2009:
Responsibilities include teaching ethics courses, organizing
extracurricular campus discussions of contemporary ethical issues, and leading
interdisciplinary workshops for faculty and staff on integrating ethical concerns across
II. U.S. Army War College,
Carlisle, PA: Professor of Ethics, 2003-2009:
Taught courses on Ethics and Warfare, World Religions in Strategic
Context, Critical Thinking, Strategic Leadership, and Joint Processes and Landpower
Wrote core-course lessons and teaching notes on Ethical Reasoning,
Ethics of the Military Profession, Critical Thinking, and Strategic Leadership of the
Coordinated an annual lecture series on ethics in strategic leadership,
created to honor Army chaplain Sonny Moore and his wife Martha; speakers have included Washington
Post reporter Dana Priest, Ambassador Robert Gallucci, and Army historian and
chaplain John Brinsfield.
Coordinated the 2008-2009 Commandant's Lecture Series on "Ethics
in Strategic Military Leadership: Theory and Practice." Speakers included RADM
Mark Buzby, Dr. Michael Walzer, Dr. Al Pierce, Dr. Martin Cook, and Ted Sorensen, an
adviser to John and Robert Kennedy..
Appointed to Academic Review Boards in both the residential and
distance-learning programs, 2007-2009.
Awarded the Gen. Maxwell Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms,
Member of the international editorial board of Cambridge Review of
Cleared at the Top Secret level.
III. Santa Clara University, 1999-2003:
Lecturer in Philosophy,
2002-2003: Taught undergraduate courses on Ethical Issues in the Health Professions
and Ethical Issues in Business.
Lecturer in Religious Studies,
1999-2003: Taught undergraduate courses on Ethics and Warfare.
Director of Ethics Programs,
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 1999-2002:
Coordinated 51 sessions of a speaker series called Ethics at Noon. Academic disciplines included philosophy,
religious studies, economics, political science, psychology, anthropology, law, medicine,
genetics, business and communications. My work involved recruiting and scheduling
speakers, creating and editing announcements, advertising via e-mail and posters, and
moderating discussions. Average attendance at individual events more than doubled
from year one to year three. Total attendance 1999-2002 was nearly 1,600.
Coordinated and hosted the Center's 2001-2002 Lecture Series:
Susan Moller Okin on multiculturalism and women's rights, Deborah Rhode on Legal ethics,
Gerald Koocher on ethics and psychology, and Carol Delaney on religious ethics.
Coordinated the 2000-2001 Lecture Series with Larry Nelson and Brad Wilburn of the SCU
Philosophy Dept., which featured philosopher James Rachels, medical ethicist E. Haavi
Morreim, and philosopher Amelie Rorty. Combined attendance for these two lecture
series was approx. 980.
Today," a radio program broadcast on KSCU 103.3 FM, Santa Clara, April-June
2001. Wrote news reports and commentary, conducted interviews of faculty, directed
editing, and hosted programs.
Created and taught a course on Ethics in
Community for SCU's Residential Learning Communities, to explore ethics in dorm life,
academic integrity, housing and homelessness in Silicon Valley, international human
rights, SCU's environmental practices, and ethical issues in the products purchased by
individual students and by the university.
Coordinated the business ethics portion of a national conference
entitled "At Our Best: Moral Lives in a Moral Community," 22-24 February 2001,
which had 127 attendees and included over 60 presentations by scholars and corporate
executives. Managed a $120K budget. Conference evaluations were very
favorable. 38 of the conference papers were published in Journal of Business
Ethics, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Business and Society Review, and Professional
Conducted "Foundations of Leadership" workshops for the
Riordan Student Leadership Institute, 2000-2002. Focused on the personal roots of
moral character, guidelines for ethical deliberation and action, and exploration of
contemporary cases. Conducted similar workshops for residence hall staff in 2001.
Moderated three public debates on contemporary issues (living wages,
electricity deregulation, and discrimination in private contracts) among SCU faculty and
external experts, co-sponsored by the Civil Society Institute. Total attendance at
those debates was 345.
Organized a colloquium in November 2000 involving the Center's Scholars
and Associates, along with faculty from universities throughout the Bay Area, to highlight
"best practices" in ethics pedagogy.
Evaluated nominations by SCU faculty and staff for the annual Markkula
Prize for students.
Supervised the Center's Visiting Scholars Program, which hosted
professors from Chile and Denmark.
IV. Seattle University,
1993-1999: Lecturer, primarily in the Dept. of Philosophy, but also in the
Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, the School of Business and Economics, and the
School of Nursing. I taught over 1,200 students.
Courses taught, with selected topics:
Health Care Ethics (taught 7 times at undergraduate
level) and Ethical Considerations in Nursing (1 at MSN level):
Informed consent vs. beneficent paternalism; withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining
treatments; active euthanasia and assisted suicide; cognitive functioning and personhood;
dementia and quality of life; obtaining and allocating scarce organs; abortion; genetic
testing and therapy; involuntary psychiatric commitment.
Ethics (2 at MBA level, 13 at undergraduate level): Moral evaluations of
trade, usury and capitalism; fiduciary duties; conflicts of interest; whistleblowing;
insider trading; collusion; misleading sales and advertising tactics; consumer product
safety; employee safety and privacy; sexual harassment; discrimination; bribery; child
labor; animal welfare; competitor intelligence.
Ethics (3): Professional objectivity and conflicts of interest;
informed consent; loyalties and duties to clients vs. the rights and well-being of third
parties; issues in medicine, law, journalism, government, engineering, business, and
Ethics (5) and Social Ethics
(1): Critiques of relativism, subjectivism and egoism; analysis of utilitarian,
Kantian, social contract, and character-centered moral theories; debates concerning
euthanasia, abortion, reproductive technologies, and genetics.
Christian Ethics (7) and God, Money and Politics
(1): Christian views on sex, theodicy, war, suicide, euthanasia, abortion, political
authority, wealth, and poverty.
Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking (3):
Basic logic; applied epistemology; mind-body problem; freedom and determinism; personal
identity; ethics; God and the problem of evil.
V. Ethics Resource Center
(Washington, DC), 1989-1992:
Consultant in Advisory Services, September 1991 to
December 1992, Associate Consultant, February 1989 to August 1991.
Assessed ethical problems in corporations by conducting internal interviews and
surveys. Wrote and updated employee codes of ethics. Developed case studies
and other curricular materials for workshops and training courses. Conducted
management briefings and training seminars. Advised managers on establishing ombuds
offices and procedures. Clients included Boeing and McDonnell Douglas.
Editor of Ethics Journal, September 1991 to
December 1992. Wrote, solicited and edited articles on ethics in business,
government and education. Circulation 19,000.
VI. Miscellaneous Teaching
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA: Adjunct
Professor of Philosophy, 2004-2009: Taught two courses on Biomedical Ethics and gave several public lectures on ethics and
Master Teacher in Biomedical Ethics, Advanced Studies
Program, St. Paul's School, Concord, NH, June-July 1998. Recruited guest speakers
from Dartmouth Medical Center: Dr. James Bernat (Neurology) and Dr. Judy Stern
Moral Problems, Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran
U., Summer 1995.
Clinical Ethics, U. of Chicago Medical School, Winter
Skills Counselor, Academic Advising Center, and
assistant to Religion Dept. faculty, PLU, 1979-1981.
I. University of Chicago
Ph.D. in Ethics and Society,
Dissertation: "Covert Action: An Exploration of the
Ethical Issues." Advisers: Robin Lovin and Franklin
Gamwell. Reader: Russell Hardin. Awarded dissertation research fellowship
1986-1987, U. of Chicago Program in Arms Control and International Security (funded by the
MacArthur Foundation). Most research conducted at the Library of Congress and
Georgetown U. Interviewed many former CIA officers.
Ph.D. qualifying exams: history of philosophical and
theological ethics; classical political philosophy; early U.S. political philosophy;
pacifism vs. just-war theory; tragic literature and theodicy. Examiners: James
Gustafson, Robin Lovin, Franklin Gamwell, J. David Greenstone, and Lynn Poland.
Additional studies in corporate ethics, economic and social theory, psychology of moral
development, and comparative religious ethics.
Research Asst. to three departments, January 1985 to June 1986.
Co-chair of conference, "Religion and the Economic Order: Historical Relations and
the Normative Task," April 1984. Awarded graduate scholarships 1981-1986.
Certifying exams: the scriptures and histories of Christianity,
Judaism and Islam; methods in the study of religion; comparative religious communities;
religious thought and modernity. High passing grades on reading/translation exams in
French and German, Fall 1981.
II. Pacific Lutheran
University, Tacoma, WA:
B.A. in Religion, magna cum
Primary focus on Christian theology and Biblical criticism; additional
studies in modern German and ancient Hebrew and Greek. Awarded undergraduate
scholarships 1977-1981 by the Weyerhaeuser Foundation. Elected member of Arete
Society by Phi Beta Kappa faculty at PLU in 1981 for "demonstration of high
achievement and commitment to the liberal arts."
Partly Cloudy: Ethics
in War, Espionage, Covert Action, and Interrogation (Scarecrow Press, 2009).
"Ethics and War in Comparative Religious Perspective," in
Boone Bartholomees, Jr., ed., U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Issues,
2008. Adapted from a presentation made on 25 March 2003 in
Tacoma, WA, for a forum co-sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and the Western Washington
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Michael Gross, Bioethics and Armed Conflict, in Parameters, Spring 2008.
Review of Gregory Reichberg, Henrik Syse and Endre Begby, eds., The
Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings, in Cambridge Review of
International Affairs, December 2006.
Review of John Perry, Torture: Religious Ethics and National
Security, in The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs,
Hearts and Minds Matter: Chivalry and Humanity, Even in Counterinsurgency, Are Not
Obsolete," Armed Forces Journal, September 2006. (Originally
titled "Preventing Atrocities: Reinforcing Chivalry and Humanity in
"Ambiguities in the 'War on Terror,'" Journal of Military Ethics 4/1
Review of Sanford
Levison, ed., Torture: A Collection, published in Ethics & International
Affairs, March 2005.
"How Ethics Is Taught at the U.S. Army War College," in
Hubert Annen and Edwin Micewski, eds., Military
Ethics in Professional Military Education - Revisited (2005). Adapted from
a presentation at a conference on Ethics in Military Pedagogy, National Defense Academy of
Vienna, Austria, 3 December 2003.
Shakespeare's Henry V to Teach Just-War Principles," Teaching Ethics,
January 2005, and reprinted in ShakespeareScene, Summer 2008, pp. 27-35.
Adapted from a paper presented at the International Studies Association, Portland, OR, 28
Shannon French, The Code of the Warrior, published in Parameters, Spring
"Just-War Criteria and the War in Iraq," Journal of
Lutheran Ethics 3/4 (20 April 2003).
"Our Accountability for Afghan Civilian Deaths: Some Insights from
Shakespeare's Henry V," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 2/11 (25
November 2002). Adapted from a lecture at the National Character and Leadership
Symposium, U.S. Air Force Academy, 21 February 2002.
"The Problem of Total War in Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 2/11 (25 November 2002). Adapted
from lectures given at the National Character and Leadership Symposium, U.S. Air Force
Academy, 21 February 2002, and at SCU on 27 April 2002.
"Tough Choices on Heart Transplants,"
invited op-ed article (published under the title, "Should Convicted Criminals Receive
Heart Transplants?"), Santa Clara Magazine, Fall 2002.
"Can an Invasion of Iraq Be Justified
Ethically?" Santa Barbara News-Press, 19 August 2002.
"Should We Invade Iraq?" an invited op-ed essay, Journal
of Lutheran Ethics, 13 August 2002.
Violent Felons Receive Organ Transplants?" San Jose Mercury News, 31
January 2002 (published under the title, "Criminals Should Be Far Down on the Heart
Transplant List"). Interviewed that evening regarding this article on
"Hannity and Colmes," a TV program broadcast nationally on Fox News Channel.
"Ethics and the Use of Force: Comparative Religious
Perspectives," Ethics Newsline, Institute for Global Ethics, 7 January
2002. Adapted from a speech given on 29 November 2001 on a panel with David Pinault
of the SCU Religious Studies Dept. and Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News.
The event was co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club and the Markkula Center for
Written exchange with Rushworth Kidder of the Institute for Global
Ethics on questions regarding the proper treatment of prisoners of war, Ethics
Newsline, 7 January 2002.
"The Global Distribution of AIDS Pharmaceuticals: Framing the
Ethical Issues," in Bernald Walker, ed., Critical Thinking (Kendall/Hunt
Publishing, 2002); originally an invited speech at SCU in recognition of World AIDS Day,
30 November 2000.
and Personhood: Some Issues in Contemporary Neurological Science and Technology,"
adapted from a presentation at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University, 11
December 2001, and published on the website of the Markkula Ethics Center.
in the Name of God: The Problem of Holy War," adapted from an Ethics at Noon
lecture on 25 September 2001. Regarding the presentation, faculty colleagues said,
"A fascinating discussion ... one of the best public forums I have been to in the
last nine years"; "It was informative and balanced--but I was especially struck
by the emotional honesty and personal courage you showed in articulating your
views." The session attracted one of the largest audiences (126) in the 15-year
history of Ethics at Noon. Written evaluations were all in the "excellent"
to "good" range. I subsequently solicited from colleagues and edited a
number of related essays, posted on the website of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
under the heading "Ethical Perspective on the News."
Co-edited 38 articles for 2001-2002 publication in special issues of Journal
of Business Ethics (38/1-2, June 2002), Professional Ethics, Business
and Society Review, and Business and Professional Ethics Journal.
Those papers were originally presented at a February 2001 conference at SCU, "At Our
Best: Moral Lives in a Moral Community," which I coordinated.
of law professor Ellen Kreitzberg on the topic of capital punishment in the U.S.,
published on the website of the Markkula Ethics Center; originally broadcast on KSCU
radio, 7 May 2001.
of economics professor Michael Kevane on ethical issues concerning the WTO, NAFTA, IMF and
World Bank, published on the website of the Markkula Ethics Center; originally broadcast
on KSCU radio, 30 April 2001.
discussion questions for articles on ethical issues facing entrepreneurs in high-tech
industries, "Starting with Ethics," Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, April
"Some Misconceptions about Cloning, the Brain,
and Immortality," San Jose Mercury News, 13 December 1999 (published
under the title, "Cloning Gives Us Challenges, Not Immortality").
"Should We Invade Yugoslavia?" an invited op-ed essay, San
Jose Mercury News, 30 April 1999 (published under the title, "The Ethical
Choice: Ground Troops").
"Challenging the Conception of Care in
Nursing," Hastings Center Report, September- October 1998.
"Historic Stadium High School,"
written for the 20-year reunion of my class of 1977.
Editorial on the ethics of abortion, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
30 March 1996.
"'Repugnant Philosophy': Ethics, Espionage
and Covert Action," Journal of Conflict Studies, Spring 1995. To be
reprinted in Jan Goldman, ed., The Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence
Professional (Scarecrow Press, January 2006). Four reviewers' comments:
"This is the way applied ethics should be done." "[P]robably the best
essay I have read on this difficult and provocative subject." "You have
clearly and concisely put forward the ethical considerations involved in all segments of
foreign intelligence operations in light of classical scholarship on just
wars." "You are to be congratulated for your courage--and fine results--in
tackling so difficult and elusive a subject. Your article reflects prodigious
research and interviewing, much thought, and well-presented judgments." (An
earlier draft of this essay was presented at an annual convention of the International
Studies Association in Washington, DC, 30 March 1994.)
Editorial on the ethics of abortion, The Spectator (Seattle
U.), 23 February 1995.
"Can Business Ethics Be Taught?" Washington CEO Magazine,
"Keys to Creating an Effective Ethics Program," Healthcare
Executive, March/April 1993.
"Ethics in Nonprofit Marketing" (co-written with Lori
Tansey), in Stephen C. Carey, ed., Marketing the Nonprofit Association (Washington:
GWSAE Foundation, 1992).
"Reinforcing Business Ethics in a Recession," Ethics
Journal, March/April 1991. Reprinted in Executive Excellence, March 1992.
"Setting Ethical Standards" (co-written with J. Kalish), Exec.
Educator, February 1992.
Review of Laura Nash, Good Intentions Aside: A Manager's Guide to
Resolving Ethical Problems, in Ethics Journal, May 1991.
"Sources of Moral Character and Principles," newsletter of
the Lutheran Task Force on Science and Technology, October 1990.
"Challenges to Ethics in Public Administration" (co-written
with Gary Edwards), Horizontes (Lima, Peru), Fall 1990.
Ethics Policies and Programs in American Business: Report of a
Landmark Survey of U.S. Corporations, a 45-page monograph published by the Ethics
Resource Center, 1990. Prof. Diana Robertson of the Warton School, U. of
Pennsylvania, praised that report as "a significant contribution to our knowledge and
understanding of what U.S. corporations are doing to institutionalize ethics."
Review of Hernando de Soto, The Other Path: The Invisible Revolution
in the Third World, in Journal of Business Ethics 9 (1990).
Review of M. Cash Mathews, Strategic Intervention in Organizations:
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas, in Journal of Business Ethics 8 (1989).
"South Africa" (on the ethics of corporate investment), Grey
City Journal (U. of Chicago), 12 April 1985.
Two editorials on human rights violations in El Salvador (co-written
with Jim Martin), Mooring Mast (PLU), February-March 1981.
SELECTED SPEECHES, UNPUBLISHED ESSAYS, and MEDIA INTERVIEWS
Ethics Is Taught at the U.S. Army War College," Military Ethics Education Network,
meeting at the Joint Forces Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK, 10 December 2008.
Lectured at USAWC on just-war themes in Shakespeare's Henry V,
drawing on excerpts from Kenneth Branagh's film of the play, 23 September 2008 and 25
"Unsettling Ethical Reflections on Interrogation," keynote
address at a symposium on torture at Pacific Lutheran University, 15 September 2008.
Also lectured in PLU courses on The Experience of War, International Relations,
Military Science, and Christian Ethics.
"How War Can Undermine Moral Strength: Using Social Psychology to
Anticipate and Prevent Atrocities," presented at a conference on military ethics and
morale hosted by the French military academy at Saint-Cyr, 18-20 June 2008.
Spoke to 55 visiting African military officers on how ethics is taught
at USAWC and some current ethical challenges facing military leaders around the world, 11
Chaired a panel session on ethics in intelligence interrogation,
International Society of Military Ethics, San Diego, 25 January 2008.
"Ethics in Interrogation: Do Ruthless Enemies Warrant Ruthless
Countermeasures?" presented on 27 October 2007 in Chicago at the biennial conference
of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.
"Ethics in Contemporary War," presented at USAWC on 8
September 2007 in connection with a course on Theory of War and Strategy.
Highlighted ethical principles from the just-war and American military traditions, and
explored current ethical issues and challenges re: counterinsurgency, targeted killings,
preventive war, humanitarian intervention, conventional attacks on dual-use resources,
nuclear weapons, and "taking care of our own" troops and families. Similar
lectures were given in September 2005 and 2006.
"Ethics and Leadership Components of the New U.S. Military Manual
on Counterinsurgency," presented at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis MD for a
conference on "Ethics and Military Leadership: Exploring the Connections," 11
"Critical Reasoning for Effective Decision-Making," USAWC
Strategic Leadership Seminar, 27 April 2007.
"What May Americans Legitimately Expect of Their Intelligence
Agencies?" invited lecture presented on 20 October 2006 at Southern Methodist U.,
Dallas, TX, for a conference on "Guarding the Guardians: The Ethics and Law of
Domestic Surveillance," hosted by the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public
Quoted in G. Jeffrey MacDonald, "New Orleans Arrests Spark 'Mercy
Killing' Debate," Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2006.
Spoke on "Ethical Challenges for Military and Business
Leaders" during a Strategic Leadership Seminar at USAWC for visiting professors and
managers in government, business and nonprofit agencies, 20 July 2006. A similar
lecture was presented on 5 November 2004.
"'Defy Us to Do Our Worst': Ethics and Warfare in Shakespeare's Henry
V," Shakespeare Association of America, Philadelphia, 13 April 2006.
Presentation on military ethics for Leadership Cumberland, Shippensburg
U., 21 December 2005.
"Is the Iraq War Just?" a public lecture at Dickinson
College, 3 November 2005.
Quoted by Randy Cohen in his "Ethicist" column in the New York Times Magazine, 28 August 2005, on whether a
military commander was right not to assign a female soldier to a dangerous convoy mission
Led a workshop on business ethics for 20 senior managers of Glenn O.
Hawbaker, Inc., a major road construction and mining company, State College, PA, 23 June
Gave presentations on critical thinking and ethics to approximately 150
Texas Army National Guard officers about to deploy to Kosovo and Bosnia, for the Leader
Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program at the Naval Postgraduate School,
Monterey, CA, 13-15 June 2005.
"Do Ruthless Enemies Warrant Ruthless Countermeasures? Reflections
on Intelligence Interrogation," presented at the March 2005 convention of the
International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.
"Ethics and Warfare," presented to Leadership Cumberland, 19
Panelist for a forum at Dickinson College on "Torture, Human
Rights, and International Law," 16 November 2004.
Quoted in Vicki Brown, "Can the U.S. Claim a Moral Victory in Its
War on Terror?" United Methodist Church online journal, August 2004.
Participated in a four-week scholarly institute at the Naval Academy on
"War and Morality: Rethinking the Just War Tradition for the 21st Century,"
funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, June 2004.
Lectured on "Ethical and Legal Dimensions of the Global War on
Terrorism," USAWC, 1 June 2004.
Quoted in articles about the abuses of Iraqi prisoners by U.S.
soldiers: Warren Richie, "Making Them Talk: The Moral Debate," Christian
Science Monitor, 26 May 2004; "Unlawful Orders," Navy Times, Air
Force Times and Army Times on 24 May 2004; and Paul O'Donnell, "Pushing
the Envelope," Beliefnet.org, 14 May 2004.
Quoted on the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare for ethics in
warfare by Bob Thompson in "The King and We: Henry V's War Cabinet," Washington
Post, 18 May 2004.
Lectured on "Ethical Issues in Recent U.S.
Military Engagements" for a regional meeting of the American Association of
University Women, Dickinson College, 27 April 2004.
With professors Susan Feldman and Russell Bova, I facilitated a student
discussion at Dickinson College on ethical issues in the interrogation of terrorist
suspects, "Torture: How Far Should We Go?" 27 April 2004
"Military Ethics and Business Ethics,"
keynote address for a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and Values-Based
Management, Roskilde U., Denmark, 5 December 2003.
"Military Ethics after 9-11 and the Iraq War," a lecture
sponsored by the Philosophical Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 December 2003.
Quoted on the problem of collateral civilian war casualties in
Afghanistan and Iraq, in an article by Mette Joergensen for Copenhagen's daily paper Information,
1 December 2003.
"Ethics and the American Empire,"
invited lecture for a symposium at Dickinson College, 18 November 2003.
Lectured on comparative religious ethics and warfare for an SCU Law
School course on "Legal Aspects of War: Humanitarian Law," 12 February 2003.
Quoted on the denial of organ transplants to violent felons in Kevin
Hanley, "Common Sense: One Heart, One Armed Robber, and the Other 4119
Patients," Auburn (CA) Sentinel, 7 February 2003.
Invited panelist responding to Abdulaziz Sachedina, Sohail Hashmi and
John Kelsay on ethics and warfare in Islam for an annual meeting of American Lutheran
ethicists, Pittsburgh, PA, 9 January 2003. Subsequently interviewed by five radio
networks, including CBS Radio.
Wrote and edited articles on "Challenges in Teaching Ethics to
Undergraduates," July-August 2002, for publication on the Markkula Ethics Center
Wrote "Ethical Issues on Campus" with questions, commentary
and web resources for use in undergraduate student orientation and other campus fora,
May-July 2002, to be posted on the Markkula Ethics Center website.
Lectured on ethics in genetics and neurology, Unitarian-Universalist
Fellowship of Sunnyvale, July 14 and 18, 2002.
Lectured on evolutionary roots of human violence for a Religous Studies
course taught by David Pleins, 28 May 2002.
Quoted in Mike Zapler, "Lawyer's City Ties under Scrutiny: S.J.
Water Lobbyist Also Advised Council," San Jose Mercury News, 26 May 2002.
Led a workshop on ethical decision-making for the Vesper Society's
Community Health Leadership Program, San Jose, 17 May 2002.
Lectured on Christian pacifism, limited war and total war for a
Christian Ethics course taught by Karen Peterson-Iyer, SCU, 15 May 2002.
Moderated a debate between two SCU economics professors on
discrimination in private contracts, 25 April 2002.
Lectured on ethical issues in genetic testing and health insurance for
a colloquium organized by SCU's Civil Society Institute and Dept. of Economics, 23 April
Lectured on pacifism, limited war and total war in Christianity for a
seminar on religion and violence convened by Catherine Bell, SCU, 11 April 2002.
Lectured on ethics and warfare for a course on "Mass Media,
Information Technology, and International Politics," taught by Bill Stover, SCU, and
for a meeting of the Mountain View Serra Club, March 13-14, 2002.
Led workshops on ethical decision-making for SCU's Student Reflection
Leaders, February 14 and 19, 2002.
Lectured on ethics in neurology for a course on Advanced Topics in
Neuroscience taught by Prof. Patti Simone of SCU's Psychology Dept., 24 January 2002.
"Christian Pacifism and Just-War Theory," presented with Bill
Prior of the SCU Philosophy Dept. at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 9 December 2001.
"The Problem of Holy War," presented at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church, Lafayette, 17 November 2001.
Quoted in Rob Elder, "'Just War Theory' Calls for Restraint,"
San Jose Mercury News, 11 November 2001.
Quoted regarding unconfirmed terrorist threats against West Coast
bridges, in Brandon Bailey, "FBI Mistakenly Notified Businesses," San Jose
Mercury News, 6 November 2001.
"Can War Be Just?" presented with Bill Prior at Graham
Residence Hall, SCU, 1 November 2001.
Interviewed on ethical responses to the September 11 attacks, KNTV 11
News, San Jose, 21 September 2001.
Quoted on the evolution of Christian moral views on violence from early
pacifism to the medieval Crusades, in Richard Scheinin, "Terrorists Distort Meaning
of 'Martyr,'" San Jose Mercury News, 15 September 2001.
Quoted on ethical responses to the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon
and the World Trade Center, in David Early, "Businesses Struggle with How to
Proceed," San Jose Mercury News, 14 September 2001.
Quoted regarding conflicts of interest on the part of California public
officials who own stock in energy companies, in Richard Scheinin, "State Officials'
Energy Ethics in Question," San Jose Mercury News, 11 August 2001.
Interviewed for a news report on web-based plagiarism for "Silicon
Valley Business," a weekly program on KICU channel 36, aired 19 May 2001.
Led workshop on "Ethics and Genetics" for students in
Sanfilippo Residence Hall, SCU, 16 May 2001.
Moderated a panel discussion on a proposal to notify parents when minor
students violate alcohol laws, Dunne Residence Hall, SCU, 15 May 2001.
Served on a panel discussing current ethical and political issues,
modeled after the TV show "Politically Incorrect," Sobrato Residence Hall, SCU,
2 May 2001.
Interviewed regarding concerns about President Clinton's end-of-term
pardons, and featured in the lead story on KTVU Fox Channel 2 on 21 February 2001.
"Exploring Current Ethical Issues in Housing, Energy, and
Genetics," presented at Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, 21 January 2001.
Quoted on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Genevieve Roja,
"Higher Learning," Metro (San Jose), 9 November 2000.
Organized a panel of experts and served as their formal respondent
discussing "Risks, Responsibilities, and Realities of Biotechnology: Using
Documentary Film to Inform and Foster Ethical Deliberation," American Society for
Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting, 28 October 2000, Salt Lake City.
Interviewed by KGO Radio in San Francisco for a broadcast on 27 June
2000 regarding the dramatic increase in the cost of Bay Area office space and its effects
on the poor and local charities.
"Ethics in Public Service," a workshop for Leadership Santa
Clara on 8 June 2000.
Quoted on micro-lending in banking by Lucía Kuntz, "The Battle
for an Ethical Buck," UNESCO Courier, May 2000; reprinted by Britannica.com.
"Ethics and Sports," presented 20 April 2000 to an SCU class
entitled "Student Athletes in the Jesuit Tradition."
Lectured on ethics in war and espionage, San Jose High Academy, Intl.
Baccalaureate Program, April 3 & 5, 2000.
Spoke on "Ethics and War in Comparative Religious
Perspective" at Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship, 2 April 2000.
Assisted in planning a major symposium hosted by the SCU Law School on
24 March 2000, "Law, Ethics, and the Good Samaritan: Should There Be a Duty to
Rescue?" Papers from that symposium were published in Santa Clara Law
Review 40/4 (2000).
Interviewed regarding a local case of animal cruelty for a newspaper
article and a radio talk show: Geoffrey Tomb, "Why Leo Arouses So Much
Sympathy," San Jose Mercury News, 12 March 2000; KFOX radio 98.5 FM,
interview aired 15 March 2000.
Interviewed on ethics and genetics for a news story broadcast on 2 May
1999 on Channel 13 TV in Seattle.
"Selected Ethical Issues in Neurology," a presentation to the
Bioethics Committee of Virginia Mason Medical Center and Group Health Cooperative,
Seattle, 2 November 1998.
"Genetic Engineering, Natural Law, Human Dignity, Divine Action,
and the Problem of Evil," invited paper presented at a conference on Science and
Suffering: Genetics and the Problem of Evil, sponsored by the Counterbalance Foundation,
Seattle Pacific U., 17 October 1998.
"Abortion and Personhood: Historical and
Comparative Notes," used in many of my ethics courses as well as those of my
former colleagues at Seattle U.
"The Ethics of Abortion: Teaching Diverse Views to Catholic
Students," a presentation to the Seattle chapter of Zero Population Growth on 17
"Should the CIA Spy for American
Corporations?" presented at Davenport College, the Northwest Ethics Institute and
the Ballard Rotary Club in 1993. The essay is required reading in an English course
at Pasadena City College.
Issues in Medicine and the Scope of Ethics," presented to 80 members of hospital
boards in Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 1993.
Interviewed by TV and radio stations in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
February 1993, regarding ethical issues in intelligence operations.
Privacy and Electronic Data Transfers," presented at a Washington DC conference
sponsored by the Electronic Funds Transfer Association, November 1992.
"Ethical Issues in Espionage Methods," presented at the
Conference on the Study of Government Ethics, Park City, Utah, June 1991.
Provided expertise in ethics for panel discussions on three segments of
a Virginia cable TV program, "No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed," 1991.
Made numerous presentations on business ethics 1989-1992 at George
Mason U., Johns Hopkins U., American U., Eastern Michigan U., and two banking workshops in
Organized and moderated a panel discussion on professional ethics among
three former U.S. intelligence officers for the annual meeting of the Society of Christian
Ethics, January 1990.
"Christianity in a Capitalistic Context," Lutheran World
Federation Youth Assembly, Budapest, Hungary, July 1984.
"Multinational Corporations: Ethical Issues and Regulation,"
General Motors Intercollegiate Business Understanding Program (U. of Chicago), April 1984.
"Hunger: Biblical and Theological Bases for Concern," Grace
United Meth. Church, Naperville, IL, September 1983.
"The U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Peace,"
Augustana Lutheran Church, Chicago, November 1982.
Member of Institutional Review Board, Carlisle Regional Medical Center
Agnews Developmental Center, San Jose, CA, a state institution serving
individuals with moderate to profound developmental disabilities: Member of
Bioethics Committee, 1999-2003: Participated in case consultations; advised the
committee on policies, substantive ethical principles and decision-making frameworks
regarding life-sustaining treatments for Agnews residents. Client Rights Advocate
for 13 Agnews residents, 2000-2002.
Member of Ethics Committee, Sunny View Lutheran Home, Cupertino, CA,
Member of Bioethics Committee and Case Consultation Committee, Virginia
Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1996-1999, and the Ethics Committee of Group Health
Cooperative, Central Region, 1995-1996: Provided ethical analysis and counsel to
physicians, nurses and families regarding clinical dilemmas and policies.
Service in the Lutheran Church:
Board of the Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America, 1990-1995 (elected Secretary 1991-1993 and 1993-1995).
Management Committee, Division for World Mission and Ecumenism,
Lutheran Church in America, 1985-1987.
LCA Planning Commission on Scientific/Intellectual Change, 1984-1988.
Delegate to Lutheran World Federation meetings in Caracas, Venezuela,
1986, and Budapest, Hungary, 1984.
Member of LWF delegation to Lutheran congregations in the Soviet Baltic
Republics, May 1985.
Study tour of Christian base communities in Central America, December
Summer counselor for Seattle-area Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, 1978 and
LCA National Youth Consulting Committee, 1977-1978.
Seattle-area LCA Youth Planning Commission, 1975-1977.
Tudor Choir (semi-professional), Seattle, 1998-1999.
St. Mark's Cathedral Choir, Seattle, 1993-1999.
Motet and Collegium choirs, U. of Chicago, 1984-1986.
Basically Bach professional choir, Chicago, 1985.
Principle trumpet in PLU's symphony orchestra, 1977-1980, and in a
chamber orchestra which toured the U.S. with PLU's Choir of the West in 1979 and 1980.
Garland Music Award, Tacoma, 1977.
Member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Society
for Bioethics and Humanities, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, and
the Society of Christian Ethics.
Member of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northeast and Mid-Penn,
2008-2009. Member of the PP of Susquehanna Valley Board, 2006-2008. Volunteer
for Seattle-area NARAL, 1995-1997. Volunteer escort for a Planned Parenthood clinic
in Washington, DC, 1989-1992.
Member of planning committees for the 20- and 30-year reunions of my
Stadium H.S. class of 1977.
Created a wide-ranging list of ethics-related web links,
primarily for my students.
Distinguished Visitor, Davenport College and Smiths Industries, Grand
Rapids, Michigan, February 1993.
Passed written portion of U.S. Foreign Service Exam in 1993.
Research intern in Soviet and East European affairs for Walter Laqueur
and Janusz Buajski, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC,
Co-coordinator of a conference on "Religion and the Economic
Order: Historical Relations and the Normative Task," U. of Chicago Divinity School,
February 1984, papers from which were published in Bruce Grelle and David Krueger, eds., Christianity
and Capitalism: Perspectives on Religion, Liberalism and the Economy (1986).
Coordinator of Shalom Education, a Chicago-area nonprofit focusing on
peace and justice concerns, 1983-1984: edited quarterly newsletter and organized
letters and student evaluations can be provided upon request. (This website was last
updated in June 2009.)