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An International Look at Ethics Education Across Professions

In our professional lives, how do we draw lines between right and wrong? What should students learn about navigating a profession-whether it is business or biology, education or communications, medicine or theology?

The answers may develop at the first International Conference on Education in Ethics, hosted by Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, drawing on international perspectives on the teaching of ethics. Presenters from 33 countries-Qatar, China, Israel, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Tunisia, the Dominican Republic and more-will discuss ethics in their nations and in their professions. The program, organized by Dr. Henk ten Have, director of Duquesne's Center for Healthcare Ethics, will run from Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3.

"This program gives us opportunity to learn from each other and to be mindful of the professional values we share in teaching and through our example," said ten Have, who also serves as secretary of the international organization. "Ethics provide the foundation for how we conduct ourselves, and this conference offers a chance for us to reflect upon exactly how we do so."

Over two days, attendees can choose from 125 presentations, including those focused on bioethics as well as business, clinical, medical, religious, pharmacy, biological sciences, law, education, biotechnology, nursing and philosophical ethics.

Duquesne University President Dr. Charles Dougherty will chair a session examining Can Ethics Education Be Improved? Dougherty, a nationally recognized scholar and expert in health care ethics, has served on numerous health care advisory commissions and projects, including the Not-for-Profit Hospital Trustees Project at the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as the National Coalition on Catholic Health Care.

Among other sessions are:

  • Education in ethics through symbols in art (Russia)
  • Ethics education in resource-poor countries (U.S., Panama, Singapore/Philippines)
  • Business ethics considerations in international education: Pittsburgh to Ireland, Ireland to Pittsburgh (U.S.)
  • Morals, moguls and the movies (Canada)
  • Case studies in lending to the vulnerable: Indian microfinance and American credit card and payday lending (U.S.)
  • An ethics education program for those serving incarcerated populations (U.S.)
  • Democratization of medical education as a need to efficient teaching of bioethics (Saudi Arabia)
  • Marketing ethics and medications (Kenya)
  • Teaching the teacher: a global need for ethics education in education (U.S.)
  • * Moralmap.com: website for moral reflection (Netherlands)
  • Training on how to break bad news with professional actors (Brazil)

"Not only does this gathering give people the opportunity to discuss the foundations of our decisions, but it provides an opportunity to interact and learn best practices from others around the globe in a wide variety of settings," said ten Have, a renowned bioethicist and physician who most recently served as director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Division of Ethics of Science and Technology.

To learn more about the conference or to register, visit www.duq.edu/healthcare-ethics.

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