Platform addresses on ethical topics and issues recorded live from the Ethical Society of St. Louis. These lectures cover a number of areas including ethics, religion, values, and humanism. To discuss our podcasts please visit us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EthicalSocietySTL
Feelings of Awe and Wonder – Helen De Cruz, PhD, 9-Jan-2022
Dr Helen De Cruz, the Danforth Chair in the Humanities in the Philosophy department of Saint Louis University, discusses the feelings of awe and wonder.
Seeking My Karass: How Kurt Vonnegut Introduced Me to Humanism; Louise Jett, 2-Jan-2022
Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I am a Humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishment after I am dead.” This quote is only one example of how the late Vonnegut was an ambassador for Humanism. He was also an honorary president of the American Humanist Association and honored as Humanist of the Year by the organization in 1992. As a teenager, Leader-in-Training Louise Jett learned about Humanism via Vonnegut and his work, which reinforced values she held and introduced her to new perspectives. During this Platform, Louise will explore the relationship Vonnegut had with Humanism while illustrating the role the celebrated author has played in her life and personal beliefs.
WildCare Park and the Evolution of Our Zoo, Jeffrey Bonner, 5-Dec-2021
The Zoo is at a turning point in its 112-year history. It is preparing to embark on its biggest fundraising effort ever. The Zoo is in the midst of creating a whole institution in WildCare Park and for the first time in 20 years, the Zoo will have a new president. Finally, we know that we have much to do if we are to maintain the high standard of our Forest Park campus. This presentation will focus on this inflection point and will speculate on the Zoo’s future. Jeffrey Bonner has led the Zoo for 20 years as the Dana Brown President and CEO. Prior to that he led the Indianapolis Zoo and prior to that he was part of the team that created the new St. Louis Science Center. He is a Burgess Fellow, a Traveling Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of the National Research Service Award. He is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, the University of Missouri, and Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the author of a book on zoos entitled Sailing With Noah.
What IS Medical Business Ethics, and Why Does It Matter? Katherine Mathews, MD, MPH, MBA; 28-Nov-2021
Katherine Mathews will tell the story behind the creation of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University. She will then discuss the Centerâ€™s innovative curriculum for training medical students to be positive change agents and leaders within the complex US healthcare industry. Through this curriculum students learn about financial drivers within healthcare where every dollar spent is someone elseâ€™s dollar of revenue or profit. Students also work in teams and use cases to practice foundational skills for professional development and ethical leadership. With a background in public health, research, healthcare administration, and direct patient care, Katherine Jahnige Mathews, M.D., MPH, MBA, is a Saint Louis University School of Medicine professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Womenâ€™s Health. She also serves as director of education for the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics. In 2020 she launched an innovative required curriculum for first- and second-year medical students called Leadership and the Business of Medicine. This curriculum has been developed with and for students and is grounded in explicit reflection about the values that inform our actions and sense of right and wrong.
Learning from Someone You Hate, Leader James Croft, EdD; 7-Nov-2021
How do you learn from people you hate? Not just disagree with, not just have conflict with, but actively hate? James Croft has been there: in his first proper job he was paired with a mentor whom he hated – and who he is pretty sure hated him too. Yet somehow they were able to learn from each other. How can we learn to do this in our own lives – and should we?
Communicating Fairly and Kindly; Jim Reeves; 10-Oct-2021
Jim Reeves is a professional mediator and facilitator with 29 years of experience helping people have conversations, finding root causes of conflict, and building solutions for productive working relationships. He holds a BS from the University of Central Missouri; a JD from St. Louis University; and an LLM in Conflict Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Missouri. Jim is the principal and founder of ClearBridge Consulting, which helps people live and work together more effectively through mediation, facilitation, ombuds, and negotiation and conflict coaching services.
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