YHC to Host Ethics Awareness Week

Friday, February 3, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College to Host Ethics Awareness Week

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host Ethics Awareness Week, Monday-Friday, Feb. 13-17, sponsored by the Ethics Across the Curriculum program. The conference will feature lectures and presentations by YHC faculty and guest speakers and special displays in Duckworth Library.

“This year we have an exciting opportunity to hear how professionals in different fields understand and respond to moral concerns,” Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics Across the Curriculum Coordinator Jamie Watson, Ph.D., said. “We have designed the program to engage both faculty and students, and we hope it will encourage more discussion about these difficult questions among everyone in the community.”

The weeklong event will highlight five topics related to ethics in professions, including “Applied Ethics,” “Ethics in Education,” “Ethics in Sports,” “Ethics in Business” and “Ethics in Healthcare.”

The conference will begin on Monday, Feb. 13, with a lecture on moral relativism and professionalism by Dr. Watson titled “Real vs. Relative Morality in the Office.” On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Assistant Professor of Education Mark Brunner, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Education Sharon Jackson, Ed.D., will present a lecture regarding moral concerns in education programs titled “The Ethics Coin: Who Gives a Flip?”

Associate Professor of Physical Education Jim Thomas will speak about morality in sports on Wednesday, Feb. 15, while Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy Nathan Gray, Ph.D., will present a lecture on business ethics titled “Whistleblowing” on Thursday, Feb. 16. 

The conference will conclude on Friday, Feb. 17, with “Evidence-Based Ethics: Professionalism and Medicine,” a presentation by guest lecturer Katharine Meacham, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Mars Hill College. The lecture will focus on Dr. Meacham’s recent sabbatical spent studying moral ideas as they are discussed and applied at the Medical School of the University of North Carolina.

The lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 14, will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. All other lectures will take place at 6 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center.

The Ethics Across the Curriculum program at Young Harris College was established in 2008. This program encourages professors in all disciplines to incorporate the study of ethics into their courses and often includes workshops and luncheons on ethics in practice, ethical theories, moral reasoning and teaching ethics.

Students, academic professionals and community members are encouraged to attend the conference.

For more information about Ethics Awareness Week, call (706) 379-5261.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 800 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Science—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.