November 21, 2009 - The Mann Center has launched a new series of short videos, "Conversations on Ethics and Leadership". Published on the center's web site, the first two programs feature recent speakers in the A. Gerow Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership. Jerome Miller, vice president for diversity and social responsibility at Toyota USA, discusses diversity management and its relevance to business and higher education. Betty L. Siegel, president emeritus of Kennesaw State University, shares perspectives on women's leadership based on her 25 years as president of Georgia's third-largest university. Each video is approximately eight minutes in length.
November 21, 2009 - Samford's Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) Institute has published the full proceedings of its 2009 conference, The Intersection of Faith and Ethics in Health Care. The following presentations are available online: “The Numinous, the Medical and the Moral” (Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., Ph.D.); “The Fine Edge Between Light and Shadow: Spirituality, Illness and Dignity” (Karen Lebacqz, Ph.D.); “When to be Spiritual in Health Care” (Dennis Sansom, Ph.D.); "Conscientious Objection and the Future of Catholic Health Care” (Leonard J. Nelson, J.D., LL.M.); “Self-Deception, Medical Practice and the Eclipse of Spirituality” (John C. Knapp, Ph.D.); and “Justice: Bedside Clinical Ethics’ Next Great Challenge” (Bruce D. White, D.O., J.D.).
The Business of Higher Education, a three-volume collection of essays on critical issues facing colleges and universities, was released this month by Praeger Publishers. Co-edited by Mann Center Director John C. Knapp and East Carolina University's David J. Siegel, the three dozen chapters explore the growing tension between traditional academic values and the need to improve efficiency, fiscal performance and accountability. Forty-four contributors address marketing, academic-industry partnerships, leadership development, academic freedom, unionization, student retention, athletics, tuition cost, college rankings, commercialization and other current concerns.