News Release: Events, Religion and Ethics

Oct. 31,  2008

University Presidents to Discuss 'Taking A Stand'


WHO:         James W. Wagner, president of Emory University; Robert M. Franklin Jr., president of  Morehouse College; and Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College

WHAT:     Panel Discussion: "Taking a Stand: The Role of the Ethically Engaged University"

WHEN:    4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

WHERE:    Emory Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

PARKING:    Peavine Visitors Lot, 27 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322

ADMISSON:    Free

INFO:        www.ethics.emory.edu, 404-727-4954

Should universities take stands on social issues? Three presidents of Atlanta area universities will tackle this question at a public forum titled, "Taking a Stand: The Role of the Ethically Engaged University" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Admission is free.

Panelists are James W. Wagner, president of Emory; Robert M. Franklin Jr., president of Morehouse College; and Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College. The discussion will be moderated by Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory's Center for Ethics.

The president's panel is the first in a series of events at Emory's Center for Ethics that will look at the role of ethics at a university and the posture that universities should take when faced with ethical issues, says Wolpe.

"We thought that one good way to begin this series is to invite university presidents to answer two related questions," he says. "First, what is the proper role of a university in taking a stand on social issues? Next, what is the role of a university president in taking a stand?"

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