Thursday, October 11, 2007

An Invitation to Think

Do any of the following four questions interest you:

What is the proper balance in hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions between the need for transparency and accountability and the need for confidentiality?

What institutional arrangements give university trustees adequate independence from the administrators they review?

Is it consistent with their mission for university presses to publish books whose facts and footnotes they do not check?

In accordance with what principles may a university bar ROTC from campus because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy" concerning homosexuals, while inviting to campus a foreign leader whose country not only punishes private consensual homosexual sex but is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and who himself denies the Holocaust and threatens to obliterate the sovereign state of Israel?
If you answered, “yes,” I think you’ll want to visit Duke Students for an Ethical Duke, where you’ll find an op-ed by Stanford’s Peter Berkowitz. It includes the questions you’ve just read and a lot more.

Give it a look. Berkowitz gave DSED permission to reproduce his op-ed from the WSJ. It's in the center of DSED's main page: Ethics 101