2 days

Starting Date

Jun 2019

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Rules of Engagement - The Ethics Bootcamp

The Ethics Bootcamp is designed to encourage us to pause and think through the ethical implications of engagement in our rapidly changing world and allow us to think critically and reflectively about our engagements in different sectors, spheres, and contexts.

Traditionally, considerations of the “Rules of Engagement” were limited to the sphere of the military across the globe. Military leaders and servicemen attempted to think through the ethics of interfacing with other cultures, peoples, and countries – usually in the context of war. But today,we find ourselves engaging with other peoples, places, companies, technologies, and research across the globe without thinking through what the politics of these engagements are. What are the ethics of engaging in dialogue or trade globally when power dynamics are so different? What considerations need to be taken into account when conducting research with other people? How can we understand the ethics of deploying certain technologies – such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence – when technological developments are taking place at such a rapid pace that there is often no time to pause and think about ethical consequences?

In addition to covering readings and theories, we will engage in role playing, hands on exercises, and simulations to help participants work through some of the challenges they may face in these arenas.


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Daniel Baer

Daniel Baer was U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from 2013 to 2017.

He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy,Human Rights, and Labor from 2009-2013. Dan was an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a Faculty Fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, and a project leader at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford and a degree in Social Studies and African American Studies from Harvard.

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Pardis Mahdavi

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD, is currently Acting Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver...

Before coming to Denver, she was at Pomona College from 2006-2017 where she most recently served as professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College as well as Dean of Women. Her research interests include academic freedom, diversity and inclusion in higher education, gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She has published four single authored books and one edited volume in addition to numerous journal and news articles. She has been a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas,and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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