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Shannon E. French, Ph.D. - Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence


Friday September 26, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Our campus just hosted a Constitution Day program on torture. There could hardly be better evidence that response to terrorism poses serious ethical challenges. Yet the U.S. is hardly the only country to have ever faced such issues, and the question is at least as pressing for the American military as for any other members of our society. Shannon French, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, brings unusual expertise and perspective on the subject: before joining our faculty, she was Associate Chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, where she wrote The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

Shannon E. French, Ph.D., began her tenure as director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and Inamori Professor of Ethics at Case Western Reserve University on September 8, 2008.

Prior to leading the Inamori Center, French was the associate chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, where she had been a member of the civilian faculty since 1997.

At Case Western Reserve, she'll serve as a tenured faculty member in the philosophy department in the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to her leadership duties at the Inamori Center.

French's research and scholarly interests are primarily in the area of military ethics, but also include leadership ethics, professional ethics, moral psychology, biomedical and environmental ethics. She has contributed articles and chapters on present-day conduct of war issues such as defining terrorism, the use of torture, warrior transitions and the moral responsibility of leaders not to erode values that provide the foundation for restraint and limit the awful scope of war. Her 2003 book, The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present, features a forward by Senator John McCain.

Currently working on her second book, French has published numerous other works and is an associate editor for the Journal of Military Ethics and the Encyclopedia of Global Justice.

French has presented papers at prestigious international conferences around the globe. In 2004, she helped design and present four-day training seminars on moral reasoning and ethical advisement for the U.S. Navy's Chaplain Corps at Navy and Marine Corps bases around the United States and in Italy and Japan. The success of that program resulted in the development and presentation of a similar series of seminars on the subject of character development in 2006.

French received her bachelor's degree in philosophy, classical studies and history from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1990. She was recognized in 1990 as one of the 20 "Best and Brightest College Students in America" by USA TODAY. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University before joining the Naval Academy faculty.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 3: Health Policy in the 2008 Election with Joe White, Professor of Political Science.

October 10: Presidential Ecotheologies with Tim Beal, Professor of Religion.

October 17: Biological Bases of Moral (or Immoral) Behavior, with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technology, Arizona State University.

October 24: Seniors in the 2008 Election with Robert H. Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health and Society.

October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.

November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.

November 21: TBA

November 28: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: TBA

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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A Special Announcement About Election Day Poll Working

Dear Colleagues:

How votes are cast and then counted in Cuyahoga County on November 5 could have a significant effect on the future of our country.  The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections needs as many good people to work on administering this election as they can possibly find.

Unfortunately, the hours are long and inconvenient.  But, if you can possibly spend the day (and some time the evening before) helping out, please check out the information posted on the the Center for Policy Studies web site.

Best regards,
Joe White

Putting Voters First: Public Campaign Financing

Wednesday September 24, 7:00 p.m., Cleveland Heights-University Height Main Library

Featuring Maine State Senator Ethan Strimling, discussion moderated by Subdoh Chandra

More money will be spent on the 2008 Presidential and Congressional campaign than for any other election in history. Corporations, special interest PAC's, and wealthy individuals, through their political contributions, increasingly determine who is “electable.”

It’s different in some state elections, however. For example, in 2003, Maine voters passed an initiative providing public funding to any qualified political candidate who agrees not to accept any private political contributions. According to voters and candidates across the political spectrum, Maine’s public funding law has been a rousing success.

How does it really work? How do candidates qualify for public funds? Could it happen here? How could it happen nation-wide? Can we control corporate influence of elections?

Co-Sponsored by the Cleveland Committee on Corporations, Law and Democracy, Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, the Progressive Democrats of America, and Common Cause Ohio.

For more information, call 216-231-2170 or visit:

College of Arts and Sciences Book Talk and Signing with Karen Beckwith

Date: Friday, October 3, 2008 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: 1914 Lounge, Thwing Student Center Cost: FREE event, signed books will be available for purchase.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Dr. Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science and co-author of the recently published Political Women and American Democracy. Dr. Beckwith will meet with all alumni to highlight the book’s discussion of the role and influence of women in politics – a hot topic in this year’s presidential election. Signed copies of Political Women and American Democracy will be available as well. Registration is required for this event.

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