This annual series explores the role that a variety of professions play in strengthening our common societal good. Does one’s work simply provide for one’s personal needs or can it play a role in enriching our democracy? This series features the stories of local individuals and how they live out their personal values and the shared ethical standards of their profession.  Students ask questions and speak frankly with professionals who are navigating ethical questions within the context of work while attempting to put their ideals into action. A dinner is served so students have the luxury of time with each other to reflect upon the ethical questions that emerge.

The opportunity to come together and learn about various professions gives all participants the opportunity to know more fully the moral challenges within different professions and the ways in which ethical and religious commitments shape professional careers. Students explore how all sectors of society can use their sphere of influence to work for the common good and learn about the historic public tenets of each sector and specific professions.

This series is regularly jointly hosted by an academic department.

Past events include:

  • “Ethics in the STEM Professions”
  • “Expanding One’s Vocational Context: How Values Transcend Sectors”
  • “Progress in a World of Polarity – How do we move forward despite deep value clashes?”
  • “The Courage to Teach”
  • “The Courage to Heal: An Evening with Twin Cities Medical Professionals”
  • “The Courage to Advocate and Decide: An Evening with Twin Cities Law Professionals”
  • “Ethics and the Performing Arts”
  • “Ethics and Microfinance”
  • “An Evening with Innovators: Exploring the ethical dimensions of starting a non-profit”
  • “Conventional Professions, Unconventional Work”
  • “Ethics in a Time of Scarcity”
  • “The Ethics of Service”
  • “Personal Conviction in the Face of Censorship”
  • “Food for Thought”
  • “Dilemmas in Global Health”
  • “Sustainability and the Bottom Line: Where Personal Values Meet Corporate Policy”
  • “The Courage to be a Peacemaker”
  • “The Journalist as a Committed Observer”
  • “The Courage to Speak Truth, Mediating History towards a Healing Future”
  • “Making Decisions that Matter”