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Events & Programs

Upcoming Events

Note: All events are held virtually unless otherwise indicated.

International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: "Economic Justice and the Common Good"

The annual business ethics conference  attracts leading academics to examine, discuss and develop the role of business ethics and sustainability in economic, political, corporate and social life today, and is scheduled for Oct. 21-23, 2021.

Call for Papers

  • Abstract deadline: June 15, 2021
  • Decision Date: July 15, 2021
  • Deadline for full paper (to be considered for Primeaux Awards): Aug. 16, 2​021

Visit the conference website for updates

Past Events

Wicklander Fellow Symposium and IBPE Year-End Celebration

The annual symposium was held May 26, 2021, and featured presentations by the 2020-21 Wicklander Fellows:

Rebecca Feinberg, JD, MBe, MS, teaching associate professor, Department of Health Sciences, College of Science and Health: "Out of the Freezer and Into the Policy Fire: Ethical Quandaries in Gamete & Embryo Cryopreservation"

Michael Naas, PhD, professor and co-chair, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences: "The Day the World Stopped Working: Jacques Derrida, Jeremy Rifkin and the Future of Work"

The Wicklander Fellowship is awarded annually to two full-time DePaul faculty members who demonstrate an interest in applied or professional ethics as these topics relate to their particular field of research.

Ethics Across the Curriculum

The EAC workshop was held on April 23, 2021, with an additional workshop to possibly be added in the summer 2021 due to popular demand.

Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) is a faculty workshop devoted to exploring the trending ethics topics that faculty in all disciplines may wish to integrate into course curricula. Workshops are held in the spring and feature experts leading discussions and activities, and offering a small honorarium to each attendee. Keep an eye out for an email from the Office of Academic Affairs for the next workshop. Workshops are small, personal sessions, with a limit of 30 attendees. The workshop is an elective in the Office of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.

Since its inception in 2007, the workshop has trained more than 200 faculty in ethics and values pedagogy as well as given assistance in developing their own ethics curriculum.

A common language manual for ethics education was drafted so that faculty could have a common glossary for the discourse on teaching ethics. Download the manual

DECA Business Ethics Case Competition

Congratulations to the 2021 DECA Business Ethics Case Competition Winners: Shriya Malisetty, Sarah Feroz, Grace Wittlinger, Scott Eisen and Matthew Goncher. And, a thank you to IBPE Board members Flynn McRoberts, Shibu Howlader, Erica Nelson and Candice Kline for serving as judges.

The annual DePaul Business Ethics Symposium and Case Competition (DECA) offers students an opportunity to receive career feedback from business and industry professionals as judges.

DECA participants are provided a business simulation or case study about a timely business ethics issue, and then deliver a presentation of their resolution. Winning teams receive a monetary prize.

A Conversation With: Chris Marquis, author, "Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism" 

Chris Marquis, who serves as the SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University,  discussed his book "Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism" during a virtual event. This event was co-hosted by IBPE and B Academics. 

COVID-19 and the Ethics of Legal Survival

The virtual webinar included presentations by Denis Demblowski, legal analyst and attorney, Bloomberg Law; Candice Kline, partner, Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr LLP; Daryl Koehn, Wicklander Chair in Business Ethics and managing director, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University.  View the full webinar

Cannabis Reform: Criminal Expungement and Racial Disparity

The Institute, in partnership with the Center for Public Interest Law at DePaul's College of Law, held a forum to explore issues around cannabis reform and how policy may impact the community, particularly the minority community, through the expungement process, and open avenues for entry into the now legalized cannabis economy.

Guest speakers were Majority Deputy Leader Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (Illinois State Representative, 92nd District); State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; and Esther Franco-Payne, executive director of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic. Courtney Kelledes, attorney at Rights and Restoration Law Group, was the moderator.

Will A.I. Take My Job or Save It?: The Ethics of AI in the Workplace

The Institute discussed the ethical implications of the future of artificial intelligence and automation technology as we navigate the changes that lie ahead. The panel included experts in AI, robotic manufacturing, and community outreach.

The Maker Movement: Wonderfully Empowering or Ethically Worrisome?

Daryl Koehn, Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics, led a short talk on the ethical issues surrounding 3D printing, make-it-yourself physical spaces, entrepreneurship and more. The event was held at DePaul's Maker Hub where attendees viewed a 3D printing demo and took a tour of the Hub.

EAC 2.0: Ethics of Automation

Automation is changing our world every day, and the impact will touch people in every industry from the ground floor to the executive suite. Faculty were invited to learn about the ethical implications of this technological revolution in a special one-day session of Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Union League Club of Chicago Lecture Series

The Institute for Business & Professional Ethics partnered with the Union League Club of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to host the lecture series that focused on important business ethics topics. Lectures in the series include: Elections, Privacy and AnalyticsHeartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines, The Ethics of Bitcoin, Journalism Ethics in the Era of Fake News, Artificial Intelligence and Human Resources


The Institute also hosts events that cover a variety of subjects, industries, and communities. Have an idea for an upcoming event? Send it to


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