The Ethics Institute
Ethics Institute Happenings
Ken Feinberg Lecture
October 8, 2014, 4:30 pm
Location: Hood Auditorium, Hood Museum of Art
Roger S. Aaron '64 '65T Lecture on Ethics in Law and Business
Ken Feinberg is an American attorney, specializing in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He was appointed Special Master of the U.S. government's September 11th Compensation Fund. He served as the government-appointed administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund and was appointed by the Commonwealth of Mass. to administer the One Fund—the victim assistance fund established in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Most recently, he was retained by General Motors to assist in their recall response.
The Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics was established in 1982 by a group of faculty who recognized the primacy of ethics in a liberal arts education. One of the founders, John Hennessey of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, wrote:
"Morality must be a persistent concern of all professions and all professional schools. Indeed by definition one of the essential ingredients of a profession is the creation and use of an explicit set of ethics governing individual and collective behavior of the professionals in that field."
Those words, written in 1974, take on even greater significance today. Considerations of ethics have existed within specific professions and within the curriculum of professional schools from their inception, but in recent years the complexity of this consideration has grown dramatically. Where the term "professional ethics" once signified little more than questions of personal etiquette, it has more recently come to involve pressing new questions of individual and group responsibility. The rapid pace of technological and social change in the fields of medicine, engineering, education, business and law have generated new social choices and responsibilities.
Last Updated: 9/24/14