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Is that ethical?

The Hinckley Institute of Politics will host the U’s inaugural Ethics Week today through Thursday.

The Hinckley Institute of Politics is proud to present the inaugural Ethics Week at the U in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business. The three-day event will encourage campuswide discussion on ethical matters as they relate to the private sector, government and higher education institutions.

“The first Ethics Week at the U is a perfect setting for all students, faculty and members of our community to learn about the positive impact of creating an ethical culture within a business entity,” said Abe Bakhsheshy, professor and director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. “Profoundly in-depth and meaningful, the event will have a lasting impression on all those who attend and hear about moral quandaries in our personal and professional lives.”

The idea came from Jennifer Robinson, the associate director of the Gardner Policy Institute. For nearly 10 years, she has been embedding ethics training into every political science course she teaches.

“This spurred my idea to have an ethics week where students can learn more about the importance of ethical behavior in both government and business,” said Robinson. “Our goal is to give every student at the U the opportunity to learn more about ethics and encourage discussion of ethical matters facing our nation today.”

The series features prominent speakers from a variety of industries and professional backgrounds to discuss timely ethical issues including ethical business culture, gene editing and flight aviation and safety. All events are free and open to the public. Food will also be provided.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating an Ethical Culture in Business
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Institute of Politics
260 South Central Campus Drive, Suite 2018

Keynote lecture by Bill Child, chair of RC Willey, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

How Far Is Too Far? Examining Gene Editing
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Institute of Politics
260 South Central Campus Drive, Suite 2018


  • Jeff Botkin, professor of pediatrics, adjunct professor of human genetics
  • Dana Carroll, distinguished professor of biochemistry
  • Erin Rothwell, associate vice president for Research, Office of Research Integrity & Compliance, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • James Tabery, professor of philosophy
  • Sophia DiCaro (moderator), chief compliance officer, The Cynosure Group; board member, Primary Children’s Hospital

Safer Skies: The Moral Obligations of Flight Aviation (Panel Discussion)
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Institute of Politics
260 South Central Campus Drive, Suite 2018

  • Michael Huerta, FAA administrator from 2013-18; Board of Directors, Delta Airlines
  • James Woody, project administrator, Boeing (former); director of innovation, TEAML1NK
  • Pat Veillette (moderator), Ph.D., retired captain, professor of aviation at Westminster College