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2009 Theme:   Ethics. Beyond ourselves.



Change begins with learning . . .

What we're reading:

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium.
New York: Riverhead Books, 2001, 1999.

Study Guide [pdf] for Ethics for the New Millennium by the Los Altos Study Group of the Dalai Lama Foundation.

Study/Discussion Guide [pdf] prepared by John P. Catalini, Instructor, UCSB Writing Program


Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about Ethics for the New Millennium or on issues of ethics of community in general.

Ethics and the importance of ethical behavior in developing a sense of community is a topic of great interest and concern in our world today. The range of issues are diverse, from those raised by developments in science and medicine to issues of leadership in government, business practices in the global economy, environmental concerns, and how we as individuals interact with each other. We would like to use these conversations to talk more about these issues as a community.

Post a question for the Dalai Lama:
What would you ask the Dalai Lama??

Thinking about and discussing ethics, and the choices we make, might help us to make changes in our daily lives, and perhaps, by this, in the world around us. What do you think? . . . Bring your ideas and take part in the discussions.



Community Conversations


Wednesday, February 25, Noon
        Serials Reading Room, 1st floor, UCSB Davidson Library
        "Ethics and Research"
    Discussion led by:
Prof. John SW Park, UCSB Asian American Studies
Prof. Teresa Shewry, UCSB English Dept.
Dr. Michael Witherell, UCSB Vice Chancellor for Research

Wednesday, February 25, 7 pm
        Montecito Public Library
    Discussion led by:
Prof. Marc Bobro, SBCC Philosophy (Ethics)
Joel Gruber, UCSB graduate student in Religious Studies (Tibetan Buddhism)
Rev. Aaron McEmrys, Senior Minister, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
Prof. Telford Work, Westmont College, Religious Studies (Theology)

Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm
        Carpinteria Public Library
    Discussion led by:
Prof. Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, UCSB Chicana/o Studies (Social Justice)
Prof. Juan Campo, UCSB Religious Studies Dept.
Prof. Jim Chesher, SBCC Philosophy Dept.
Prof. Catherine Ramus, UCSB Donald Bren School of Environmental Sciences

Wednesday, March 4, Noon
        Serials Reading Room, 1st floor, UCSB Davidson Library
        "Ethics and Higher Education"
    Discussion led by:
Dr. Jane Conoley, Dean, UCSB Gevirtz School of Education
Dr. Gene Lucas, UCSB Executive Vice Chancellor
Priscilla Mori, UCSB Campus Ombuds
Dr. Jason Raley, lecturer, UCSB Gevirtz School of Education

Thursday, March 5, 7 pm
        Solvang Public Library
    Discussion led by:
Prof. Manou Eskandari, SBCC Political Science Dept. (Political theory)
Dorothy Jardin, Counselor and educator
Judge Kay Kuns, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, North county seat
Prof. Joe White, SBCC Philosophy Dept.

Monday, March 9, 7 pm
        Goleta Public Library
    Discussion led by:
Prof. David Cleveland, UCSB Environmental Studies
Rev. Erika Hewitt, Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Dr. LeeAnne Kryder, UCSB Writing Dept. (Business and sustainability)
Prof. Mike McGinnis, UCSB Environmental Studies

Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm
        Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Central Public Library
    Discussion led by:
Marty Blum, Mayor, City of Santa Barbara
Prof. Hymon Johnson, Antioch University (Comparative religion)
Prof. Joe Martorana, SBCC Political Science Dept.
Prof. Wade Clark Roof, UCSB Religious Studies Dept.

Thursday, March 19, 5:30 pm
        Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Central Public Library
        "Ethics and Information"
    Discussion led by:
Brenda Johnson, University Librarian, UCSB
Irene Macias, Director, SB Public Library System
Jerry Roberts, UCSB Publications Director
Prof. Cynthia Stohl, UCSB Communication Dept.

Thursday, April 23, 4 pm
        Luria Library, Santa Barbara City College
        "Panel Discussion on Ethics"
    Discussion led by:
Prof. Marc Bobro, SBCC Philosophy Dept.
Prof. Jim Chesher, SBCC Philosophy Dept.
Prof. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, SBCC Political Science Dept.
Prof. Joe White, SBCC Philosophy Dept.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am
        Flying "A" Room, University Center, UCSB
    Discussion led by:
Mark French, Director of Scholarships and Outreach, UCSB Alumni Association;
      and former head coach, UCSB women's basketball (ethics in intercollegiate athletics)
Judy Guillermo-Newton, SVP, Director of HR and Organizational Development,
      Montecito Bank and Trust (ethics in banking)
Hannah-Beth Jackson, former member of the California State Assembly,
      35th Assembly District (ethics in government)
John Zant, sports writer/reporter (ethics in the media)
      Hosted by the UCSB Alumni Association.

Tuesday, April 28, Noon
        Monroe Dining Room, Westmont College
        "Tuesdays with Morals" series
    Discussion led by:
Prof. Charles Farhadian, Westmont, World Religions
Prof. Deborah Dunn, Westmont, Communication Studies





In this film, the Dalai Lama and a group of religious, political, and environmental activists discuss ethical issues and how they relate to the global community. Other panelists include U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rev. Al Sharpton, Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons, Amy Goodman, Ben Cohen, and more; the discussion is moderated by Robert Thurman.





Community Conversation at the 2008 Reads
Goleta Public Library


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