Cullen O'Keefe, former co-lead of the University of Michigan Ethics Bowl team and 2016 U of M graduate, walks us through his 'most compelling case' on transgender civil rights. He also discusses how an Ethics Bowl works and what it's like to be on the U of M Ethics Bowl team. 

Robin Zheng, a 2015 PhD graduate of the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy, former Ethics Bowl volunteer and current assistant philosophy professor at the Singapore Yale-NUS school, discusses her fascinating work on implicit bias and responsibility with us.

A2Ethics talks the ethical benefits and pitfalls of participatory budgeting across the world with Ana Paula Pimental Walker, a professor of urban planning at the University of Michigan who specializes in PB. 

Karen Lancaster, finance director for the city of Ann Arbor, discusses the annual budgeting process for the city with us in what you could call a ‘Budget 101’. Walking through the stages of the budget process and different city funds, Karen suggests several ways citizens can be more informed and influential on their local budgets, such as coming to City Council meetings early on in the process, tracking funding allocations online or signing up for email updates.

Per-Erik Milam talks about his compelling work on the ethics of forgiveness, and in particular, his stimulating ideas about the practices of self-forgiveness. He also suggests how we can distinguish forgiveness from its kin, e.g., apologizing, excusing and pardoning. Most thrillingly, he invites us to think about the future of forgiveness, if we imagine that we do not have free will, and our actions are not our own.

It was rather serendipitous the way A2Ethics connected with journalist and lawyer Stephanie Hepburn. In New York for a few days, we decided to go on a pilgrimage to one of the most famous pillars of ethicsworld--the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Fortunately for us, Stephanie was the featured speaker, invited to talk about her latest book, Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight.

Our conversation with Don Welch, PhD, President and CEO of Michigan's member-owned Merit Network begins with a lively discussion on a very pressing concern: how to ethically train students and workforce personnel to protect and defend institutional networks against cyberattacks and security breaches. As an early innovator in computer networking services for researchers and educators, Merit is uniquely positioned in this field. 

Dr. Andrew Barnosky, Director of the Adult Clinical Ethics Consultation Service and Chair of the Adult Ethics Committee at the University of Michigan Health System conducts a valuable clinic for us--on the vital role and reasons for the increasing use of ethics consultations in patient care. 

One traditional way to tell a team competition story is to be the publicly detached sport journalist, who provides the written reality show to other fans, offering them an inside tale of locker room antics. No matter the competition, the story line is the same. It basically follows the four tasks required of a team. Sooner or later, all teams have to: "form, storm, norm and perform."

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