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Ninth Annual Ethics Day

September 29, 2005

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MACOMB, IL – Oct. 6 marks the annual Ethics Day, “The Corporation: Profits at Any Cost?”, as part of Western Illinois University’s College of Business and Technology Week.

A screening of the documentary “The Corporation” will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. The screening is open free to the public. Discussions regarding “The Corporation” will be held after each showing. Christopher Pynes, philosophy and religious studies, will lead the 9:30 a.m. discussion, followed by Gordon Rands, management, at 11 a.m.; and Russell Fox, political science, at 12:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Ethics Day presentation on Oct. 6, Peter Cole, history, has also arranged a showing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Morgan 101B.

According to the documentary’s synopis at, “The Corporation” explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news and corporate propaganda illuminates the corporation's grip on society. “The Corporation” includes 40 interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Naomi Klein, author of “No Logo,” and filmmaker and author Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

“The Corporation” is the winner of 24 international awards including Audience Choice and Audience Award for Documentary in World Cinema at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on the book “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” by Joel Bakan.

A panel discussion, “Corporations, Crime and Community,” will be held at 2 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. Panelists include Western faculty members Peter Cole, history; Pynes; Rands; and Gloria Delany-Barmann, educational and interdisciplinary studies, along with Greg Coleridge, director of the Economic Justice and Empowerment Program of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee and co-founder of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy and Michael Benson, author and professor of criminology, University of Cincinnati. Bill Maakestad, management professor and co-director of the Program for the Study of Ethics at Western, will serve as panel moderator.

Breakout sessions on ethics and social responsibility topics will be held with the panelists beginning at
3:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 501 and 527.

The presentations are open free to the public. For more information, contact the CBT Dean's Office at 309/298-2442, or the Program for the Study of Ethics at 309/298-1193.

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