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On October 2, 2013, A2Ethics issued a press release to local media outlets about our new City & Local Ethics podcast series. Please share this news with other A2Ethics enthusiasts: launches the City & Local Ethics podcast series to invite discussion on ethics guidelines for local office holders

Jennifer Conlin, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and newly appointed board member of A2Ethics has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/ Knight Foundation grant as a winner of their first annual Community Arts Journali

Enthusiasm for reforming education continues unabated. Ideas are orbiting everywhere. We are glad to be a part of this international discussion, especially when we consider the many ethical issues involved in education reform. 

The cold weather could not keep the 100 or so Big Ethical Question fans away from Slam 2. If you didn't see it, you won't know who won. It was close. Second place went to Arbor Hospice Ethics team, in part for their response to a question about whether it is ethical to omit qualifications as important as having a doctorate from your resume...because you don't want to be placed in the overqualifed dead resume pile. Who won? 

Watch the video below to find out.

The Ann Arbor City Council approved the appointment of the city's transportation program manager to the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's (AATA) governing board on December 19th. Two Council members, Stephen Kunselman (D-3rd Ward) and Jane Lumm (I-2nd Ward), voted against the appointment.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 is local election day in Ann Arbor. Six candidates are running for school board. Four of the five wards have contested elections. There are 3 proposals on the ballot. Proposal 3 taps into an issue is keenly interested in examining at the municipal government level: the elimination of conflicts of interest by city officers. 

On Thursday, June 16 from 7-8:30pm at the Ann Arbor District Library, two area state representatives as well as the city and county clerks responsible for elections, have been invited by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area and the Kiwanis Club for a panel addressing the issues surrounding:

Redistricting: It Matters to All of Us

The confirmed panelists are:

Jacqueline Beaudry, Ann Arbor City Clerk

Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk

Jeff Irwin, State Representative, 53rd District

Ronald and Nancy Bishop both graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1944. Like many other students of the era, they stayed to teach and practice, making Ann Arbor their home. What especially endeared them to the community was their long-standing public involvement in issues of social justice and concern for civil liberties.

The teams in the Big Ethical Question Slam were, quite simply, terrific. Critical. Thoughtful. Funny. Eloquent. Temperate in their competitive zeal. Knowledgeable. Clever. Patient with the fact that this was our first time. And they will be first in our hearts forever for helping us get the Slam started and for making it worthwhile.

What was the spark for the first Big Ethical Question Slam? At, we are tired of people slamming ethics. We are concerned that ethics is given top billing by our leaders, but is treated like an extracurricular program in our educational institutions, or regarded as just another field that has to justify its existence as a job provider or of economic value. So, we started a different kind of ethics slam. The Big Ethical Question Slam. We want to give ethics its due. Its own show. Never mind its economic value. It IS values. 

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