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In 2014, the Carnegie Council created Global Ethics Day as an opportunity to explore ethics in an increasingly globalized world. This year, Global Ethics Day is officially October 21, but the Office of Ethics and Policy will be celebrating all throughout the month of October! Check out our events promoting awareness and discussion around ethics. Come out and learn more about ethics and the unique ways in which they affect our lives.

Global Ethics Month 2020 Timeline

Ethics of Reopening K-12 and Higher Education Panel Discussion

Date: October 5
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Panelists: Dr. Chris Marsicano – Davidson College, Dr. Dana Griffin – UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Jim Thomas, UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Paula McAvoy – NC State University
Zoom Link
Passcode: 011637

Ethics Bowl: An Undergraduate Roundtable on Race and the Pandemic

October 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Ethics Bowl is a 1-hour virtual match between teams made up of Parr Center Undergraduate Fellows and Ethics + Policy Undergraduate Interns. Teams will each have 4 members (2 from Parr and 2 from E+P), and will focus on two cases from NHSEB’s Regional Case Set: Dining Out During a Pandemic and What’s In A Name?. This will be followed by a 20-30 minute Q+A with participants, reflecting on the process.

The Loving Story Movie Discussion

October 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Speakers: Dr. William Chafe, Duke University & Dr. Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University
Zoom Link
Passcode: 885751

The documentary The Loving Story covers the legalization of interracial marriage in the United States, closely following the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. Dr. Danielle McGuire from Wayne State University and Dr. William Chafe from Duke University will give their take on the case and contextualize it in today’s social climate. Additionally, they will discuss the ramifications of the case and talk about the accuracy of the film itself in telling this important story.

Facilitating Injustice: The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans

Speaker: Dr. Yoosun Park, Smith College School for Social Work
October 26, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Social workers were integral cogs in the WWII federal program of forced removal, incarceration, and resettlement of 120,000 persons of “Japanese ancestry.” Social workers vetted, registered, counseled, and tagged all affected individuals; staffed social work departments within the concentration camps; and worked in the offices administering the “resettlement,” the planned scattering of the population explicitly intended to prevent regional re-concentration. In its unwillingness to take a resolute stand against the removal and incarceration and carrying out its government-assigned tasks, social work enacted and thus legitimized the bigoted policies of racial profiling en masse. This forgotten disciplinary history underscores an enduring tension in the field—the conflict between its purported value-base promoting pluralism and social justice and its professional functions enabling injustice and actualizing social biases. Highlighting the urgency to examine the profession’s current approaches, practices, and policies, this presentation raises the question: how should social work should understand its ethics and responsibilities in these troubled times?

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