Ethics Week 2020 (March 16-21 and 27) CANCELLED
March 6, 2020
The events of Ethics Week and its postlude have been cancelled,
but ethics might nevertheless figure in your teaching at the end of the week,
albeit within a virtual classroom.
As underlined below, we do expect to announce the undergraduate,
graduate student, and faculty Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics
at some point during the week.
Ethics Week 2020
An annual event at Baruch College since 2004, Ethics Week evolved from curricula in our three Schools that include emphases on ethical reasoning and/or decision-making. Generously supported by the Charles Dreifus Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative, the week typically features several components: classroom discussions led by instructors on issues related to their courses or disciplines; speakers invited to address classes; public workshops or presentations by invited guests; and announcement of the student and faculty winners of the annual Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics. This year, there is also a “Postlude” on March 27:
Monday, March 16
- Noon-2:00, Asriel and Marie T. Rackow Conference Room, Information and Technology Building, Room 750
Panel Discussion—The Ethics of Influencers
One of the hottest trends in marketing involves using Influencers. In 2018, 81% of marketers reported that using influencers was an effective strategy. But there are ethical issues associated with this trend. For example, “inauthentic partnerships and content” (when influencers do not always use or even like the products they endorse on social media). Similarly, influencers do not always disclose if a certain recommendation is a sponsored endorsement or not (a 2018 survey of influencers done by Marketer demonstrated that fewer than half of the respondents labeled their endorsements with the FTC-mandated hashtags even when specifically asked. This event will consider these and other issues, and include a general discussion on the ethical implications of digital marketing technologies.
Nizan Geslevich Packin, organizer and moderator, Associate Professor of Law, Zicklin School of Business
Gil Eyal, CEO and Founder, HYPR
Hamutal Schieber, CEO and Founder, Schieber Research, LLC
2:00–3:30, NVC 7-205
Timothy “Speed” Levitch: In Conversation
Mr. Levitch, an actor, author, tour guide, host of Hulu’s original series Up to Speed, and subject of the documentary The Cruise, joins Baruch Prof. Ian Singleton to discuss his work. Levitch’s work explores little known layers of history or, as he puts it, “monumentally ignored monuments.” Such discussions can lead to novel insights about topics such as colonialism, labor relations, even the Civil War. They also lead to new perspectives on history which interrogate longstanding narratives and the motives behind them.
Tuesday, March 17
- Noon-2:00, NVC 14-220
Mary C. Gentile: Giving Voice to Values
Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity as we welcome back Mary C. Gentile. Dr. Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values, and to align their professional path with their principles. Her book, Giving Voice to Values, is inspired by a curriculum Gentile launched at the Aspen Institute with the Yale School of Management, with interim support from Babson College, and now at University of Virginia Darden School of Business. The curriculum has been piloted in over 1,000 schools and organizations on all seven continents.
Challenging the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools, she argues that often the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong, but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure. Drawing on actual business experiences as well as social science research, Gentile will offer advice, practical exercises, and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas.
Wednesday, March 18
12:50-2:05, NVC 10-150
Matthew T. Caulfield: The Fundamentals of Ethical Deliberation in Business Contexts
The audience for this event is Junghoon Park’s MGT 3120 (Fundamentals of Management) class.
Matthew Caulfield comes to us from the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics of the Wharton School. His lecture will address definitions of ethics and how we determine what is ethical. How can ethics figure into a market economy? How does ethics relate to business success? In exploring both theory and case studies, the lecture will ultimately be oriented to helping students understand how ethical concepts relate to management concepts and how to think deeply about conflicts between ethics and profit.
Ethics Week Postlude
Friday, March 27
- 11:00-12:30, NVC 3-165
Tyler Anbinder: The Ethics of Immigration Restriction
Dr. Abinder is a history professor at George Washington University, author of City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York, and consultant to Martin Scorsese’s film Gangs of New York. While the event was organized for students in Prof. Donna Gitter’s Macaulay honors seminar (People of New York City), all members of the Baruch community are invited to attend.
The foregoing schedule of Ethics Week 2020 is also available at
Dennis Slavin, PhD
Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning
Assistant Vice President
Baruch College, CUNY
646-660-6504 (phone); 646-660-6531 (fax)