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When: April 10th at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Strom Thurmond Institute Auditorium

What: The Engineering Ethics Slam is a great opportunity for Clemson University, Rutland Institute for Ethics, and industry professionals to collaborate. The event will be a debate between teams about ethical issues that can arise in the workplace or academics.Clemson University professors will judge teams of students as they debate ethical issues.

Industry professionals will have opportunities to interact with students in discussing ethical issues as well as chances for recruiting opportunities.

We hope to see you there!

NEW Opportunity for Involvement: Engineering Ethics Slam by Angelina Oberdan

On April 10th at 6:30 pm in the Self Auditorium of the Strom Thurmond Institute, technical writing students are holding an Engineering Ethics Slam. The first of its kind, this event hopes to establish a campus series of ethics slams focused on varied student populations.

Inspired by Ann Arbor’s “Big Questions Ethics Slam,” the Rutland Institute for Ethics partnered with the Pearce Center for Professional Communication’s Client Based Program to create a similar series at Clemson. This first ethics slam is organized by Angelina Oberdan’s technical writing students. These students are currently organizing the event based on their research and proposed plan for the event. Not only are they responsible for self-managing and executing a professional event, they have also been asked to provide analysis and instructions so that other student groups can hold similar slams in future semesters.

The Engineering Ethics Slam is a debate-style event wherein teams of students will be tasked with ethical dilemmas and their responses will be judged by professors and industry professionals. The dilemmas will engage the teams of students, as well as their supportive audience, in real world scenarios as they will be assessed on how they critically examine the situation and establish a model to act ethically.

This event presents opportunities for students, professors, and community professionals. • Students who participate in the event will have the chance to win prizes and as well show off their ethics before their peers and professionals. Student attendants will be able to show their support for ethics, learned from the discussed dilemmas, and network with professionals. • Professors can participate as judges or just come out to promote ethics at Clemson and the Rutland Institute for Ethics. They can also help support this event by encouraging their students to attend. • Professionals can just attend or participate as judges, and this is also a great opportunity to see Clemson’s best in a way that challenges the students and couldn’t be observed in a traditional career fair or interview.

In you’re interested in participating or would like further details, please contact Angelina Oberdan at (reprinted from Volume 6 Issue 1 of Issues and Perspectives)


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