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Rotary symposium teaches ethical decision-making

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”
Augustine of Hippo

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In a world where right and wrong aren't always clear-cut, where black and white blur into grey, it’s not always easy to make ethical decisions. That’s why, once again, Mercyhurst University’s Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society is hosting the Rotary Club of Erie’s annual Ethics Symposium on Tuesday, March 7.

Juniors from 20 area high schools will convene on Mercyhurst’s Erie campus for the seventh annual symposium. The daylong event, which begins with registration at 8 a.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, engages students in discourse over ethical dilemmas that they may face in their lives now and in the future.

“Rotary’s emphasis on truth, fairness, friendship and constructive goodwill are values that resonate with the mission of the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society and Mercyhurst University,” said Dr. Daniel McFee, co-director of the institute. “High school students often face difficult ethical issues and need constructive space to think carefully about their own values. We are pleased to host and support this important event again.”

The symposium is presented in engaging, interactive formats, including a play presentation,  classroom discussions and an “open mic” session. The program encourages students to think about their personal decisions, and how the choices they make can impact their lives and those of others.

As is customary, students will learn the 4-Way Test, which provides Rotarians around the world with a set of time-honored guidelines to make ethical decisions.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard McCarty, associate professor of religious studies, who is managing the symposium on Mercyhurst’s behalf: rmccarty@mercyhurst.edu.

FILE PHOTO: President Michael Victor addresses 2016 symposium guests.