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Online Lecture: Ethics, Smethics! Ethics in an Age of Lies and Deceit

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Course Description

Trump is out. Biden is in. The moral bankruptcy in the White House has left for Mar-a-Lago, but the Age of Lies and Deceit continues despite the transition. There will always be liars and cheaters in politics, business, sports, and every other aspect of life. Why do we seem to accept some of it (politicians’ lies, for example), but rise up against other forms of bad behavior (“Me, too”)? This course is not a deep dive into the philosophy of ethics or telling anyone how to behave. Instead, it is practical, down-to-earth, and grounded in current events. It is about recognizing, thinking about, and dealing with ethical issues that affect us all the time. Hopefully, too, it is also about having fun and stimulating “the little gray cells.” Join us for an interactive and engaging discussion.

About the Instructor

Edward F. (Ned) Brooks, DrPH, MBA, retired from University service in 2014, after a long and distinguished career in higher education. From 1972 to 1986, he was Associate Director of UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In 1986, he joined the University’s administration serving as Assistant, and later as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. In 1997, Ned was appointed Associate Provost with responsibilities for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the Health Sciences Library, and seven research centers. He has served as a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and taught leadership and ethics courses in their graduate programs. Ned has taught ethics and leadership at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris since 2011. At UNC, he chaired various boards and departmental committees, most notably, the committee to plan the creation of The Friday Center. He is active in many community and civic organizations.

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