Law and Values Consortium at U to Sponsor Ethics Talk, Professor Jacko to Serve as Commentator
I was very surprised to learn today that a lecture is to be held here at the University of Minnesota on a matter related to ethics. It is sponsored by:
The topic is:
What is truly amazing about this talk is that one of the commentators is none other than:
Now a lot of strange things have happened at the U in the area of ethics. For example we had Dr. David Polly speak in the Mini-Medical School last Spring on the ethics of industry/university conflict of interest. We had Dr. Leo Furcht serve as co-chair of a committee that was to develop new rules for conflict of interest in the med school. Dr. Furcht himself had been disciplined for a major conflict of interest policy violation a few years earlier.
Arguments used by Dr. Cerra and Dr. Powell - former Dean and now a faculty member in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (chaired by Dr. Furcht) - for Dr. Furcht's being on the committee were summarized by Margaret Soltan in her post about the Hannnibal Lechter executive strategy entitled: It takes a thief.
So what's wrong with Professor Jacko serving as commenter on a lecture about ethics?
I could go on, but you get the idea. Tolerating this kind of behavior by the University administration is sickening and demonstrates weak moral fiber. If we don't have integrity here at the U, what do we have?
Well we have a president who has the nerve to make statements like this:
"I think we need to put ourselves in the position of acting according to the highest ethical principles. I believe our people do that now and I believe our people will be doing that in the future as well." President Bruininks (Daily: 6-18-08)
President Bruininks, do you really think that people both inside and outside the U don't realize what is going on here? How long is this situation going to go on without action on your part?