Talking About Ethics

Talking About Ethics is a discussion series for IUB undergraduates co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, the Wells Scholars Program, and the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. It’s a chance to sit down over refreshments and ask the tough questions about hot topics and current events: What values are at stake? Who is affected? Who should have a say? How should competing interests be negotiated? What would you do? At each session, a facilitator will provide a 60-second summary of the issues to kick off discussion. Topics are drawn from local events, national and international news, research by IU scholars, and ethics debate competitions. Cases for each discussion will be announced on they Poynter and Hutton websites, on the Poynter Facebook page, and by email. Contact or

Student Planning committee: Ethics for Tea and Ethics for Breakfast are brought to you by a student planning committee that helps pick topics and provide feedback on the format. Plus, there are opportunities for students to co-host discussions! Email or to ask about joining the planning committee or becoming a student host! Feel free to submit ideas for good topics by email anytime.


The Ethics over Tea series takes place 11:30-12:30 on select Wednesdays at the Poynter Center. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Spring 2014 dates: Feb. 18th, March 12th, April 9th

COMING UP April 9th: Boss Vs. Friend: When the Professional Gets Personal

Wednesday, April 9th, 11:30-12:30

The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St., Bloomington IN 47405.

Refreshments served


Robin Waters is a vice president with a successful career. When her boss gives her responsibility for handling a sale that affects one of her old friends, she finds herself in a tricky situation. Read the full case here, and then come join us for a discusison led by Professor Josh Perry of the Kelley School.

What should Robin do? How should she go about it? What does she owe her friend, her boss, herself, the many workers affected by her decisions?

On February 18, we discussed: Affluenza: Manslaughter, Wealth & Justice with Professor Joe Varga from Labor Studies. Read the short case here.

On March 12, we discusses Tragedy in the News with Professor Tom French from Journalism. Read the story that sparked the controversy here.

The Ethics for Breakfast series takes place 8:15-9:00 a.m. on select Fridays at the Hutton Honors College. Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided. Sign-up required. Cases will be provided by e-mail. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is space.

 Spring 2014 dates: Jan. 24th, Feb. 14th, March 7th, April 4th.

Coming Up in April: Email for this month's topic!

Fri., January 24, 8:15-9 a.m., HHC Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)