In the wake of the Sandusky scandal and the Freeh report our university has many ethical questions to ask:
- Is loyalty ever more important than honesty?
- Is it impossible for an enormous institution to remain ethical?
- When is it more ethical to speak out? When is it more ethical to remain silent?
- Is it better to betray one’s friend or one’s principles?
As the November election approaches we are also asking:
- Is it impossible for a politician to behave ethically?
- When can we deem a politician an ideologue? When can we consider him a fanatic?
- When is compromise unethical?
- In politics do the ends justify the means?
And we should always ask:
- What does it mean to live an ethical life?
- How should I behave as a parent, employee, spouse, partner, citizen?
In English 197A, Ethical Dilemmas on Film, we will discuss all of these questions as we view a number of classic and independent films including The Crying Game, Citizen Kane, The Best Man, The Third Man, The Lives of Others, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Two for the Road, The Nun’s Story, The Girl in the Caf�, Europa Europa, The Manchurian Candidate, & Sunset Blvd. We will screen the films Monday nights at 7:00 at the State Theatre. This is a 1-credit course. Honors students are strongly urged to honors option it.
I look forward to hearing from the Penn State community in response to these questions throughout the semester.