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Hundreds of students and community members will question their collective conscience about timely and troubling human rights and sustainability issues during Arizona State University’s 4th Annual Lincoln Ethics Symposium. Amy Landis, associate professor, and Brad Allenby, President’s Professor, will be presenting as part of this year’s discussion. Both are in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
9 a.m.-noon
Memorial Union [map]
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Four distinguished ASU Lincoln Professors and Lincoln Fellows lead this year’s discussion, themed “Are We Smart Enough to Save Ourselves? Are We Kind Enough to Save Each Other?” Jason Robert, interim director of ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, serves as master of ceremonies. The four academics frame the discussion by presenting each of their ethical questions briefly and then opening it up to the audience for an interactive exchange about all four issues on the table.

Members of the Lincoln family provide the symposium’s opening and closing remarks. David C. and Joan Lincoln of Paradise Valley, Ariz. founded ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics in 1998.

Lincoln Fellow for Sustainable Development and Ethics Amy Landis tackles the controversial issue of greenwashing – when companies and organizations mislead consumers regarding the environmental benefits of a product or service. Her talk will drill down to what it means to be green, or sustainable.

“Can you measure greenness?” Landis asked. “I want audience members to think hard about where responsibility lies for greening products and services. Are companies responsible for clearly reporting on the greenness of their products, or are consumers responsible for understanding green marketing and labeling and determining if that information is accurate?”

Compelling questions about conflict and its impact on civilization will be raised by Lincoln Professor of Sustainable Engineering and Ethics Braden Allenby. He is President’s Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, a professor of law in Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, distinguished sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management. Allenby suggests we have been trained, for the most part, to view all conflict as undesirable.

Learn more: Lincoln Ethics Symposium weighs sustainability, human rights questions

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