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The Center for Ethical Concerns organizes, sponsors and supports a series of conferences to explore ethical issues facing society. For details or proceedings on any of the following conferences, please contact Paul Byers, director, Center for Ethical Concerns, at (703) 284-1688 or pbyers@marymount.edu.

A national conference on Cyber Ethics: Teaching Responsible Use of Technology drew leaders from government, industry and education to the University for a three-day program in October 2000. Faculty from the School of Education and Human Services, working in cooperation with the Cybercitizen Partnership, the Information Technology Association of America and the Department of Justice, organized the conference which explored ways to teach young people how to live ethically in the Information Age. 

A national conference on Managing Health Care Costs: Challenges to Ethics and Quality was hosted at Marymount in October 1999.  Faculty from the Schools of Business Administration and Health Professions organized the program during which leaders from Congress, HMOs, the medical professions and the insurance industry shared their views on this controversial topic.

A conference on An Academic Search for Sweatshop Solutions was hosted at Marymount in May of 1997.  Faculty from the Marymount’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Department organized the program during which leaders from universities across the country and experts from the apparel industry and organized labor explored ways to eliminate sweatshop conditions.

A conference on Digital Dilemmas: Defining Ethics in the Internet Age was hosted at Marymount in March of 1996.  The program was organized in conjunction with the School of Business Administration and a team of technology executives. It brought government and industry leaders together to explore the ethical issues facing the emerging Internet culture.

Marymount hosted the Department of Labor’s Fashion Industry Forum in July 1996, attended by more than 300 representatives of manufacturing, retail, labor, government, public interest groups and media.  Labor Secretary Robert Reich moderated the program which included Kathie Lee Gifford, Richard Simmons, Cheryl Tiegs and Senator Tom Harkin.  In response to the forum the White House Anti-Sweatshop Task Force was established.