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​​​Upcoming Events

Cannabis Reform: Expungement and Racial Disparity

The institute will also organize and host the following events in 2020: 

  • DECA Business Ethics Competition, February 21, 2020
  • Union League Club of Chicago Ethics Series, in collaboration with the ULCC Public Affairs Committee: Navigating Fake News and Cybersecurity in an Election Year, March 2020
  • B Academics Kick Off, April 2020
  • Ethics Across the Curricula (EAC) Faculty Workshop, May 2020
  • Wicklander Fellow Symposium, Spring 2020
  • Cannabis Reform - Ethical Challenges in the Legal Cannabis Economy, Fall 2020

Past Events

“Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines,” May 7, 2019

book cover
John C. Havens, author of the funny, poignant, and accessible “Heartificial,” paints a vivid portrait of how our lives might look in either a dystopia of robotic and corporate dominance, or a utopia where humans use technology to enhance our natural abilities to evolve into a long-lived, super-intelligent and altruistic species. The lunchtime discussion was part of the Author's Group series at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Will A.I. Take My Job or Save It?: The Ethics of AI in the Workplace, April 24, 2018

AI and Jobs Event Poster

The future of artificial intelligence and automation technology have world-changing potential. Our society will see unprecedented gains in efficiency, brand new goods, and enhanced services, disrupting the status quo in ways not thought possible. These technologies also have the potential to devalue broad swaths of the labor market from blue-collar manufacturing all the way to the legal and medical professions. The Institute discussed the ethical implications of these technologies as we navigate the changes that lie ahead. Our 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, took a tour of the Maker Hub, and enjoyed food and drinks.

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.

Wicklander Fellowship Applications

The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics will be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Wicklander Fellowships in Spring 2020.

The fellowship pays the awardee a $5,000 stipend paid during the course of the academic year, a $2,000 summer stipend and a professional development fund of $5,000 to cover travel, supplies, etc. that can be used during a two-year period. When possible, faculty are given a one-course teaching reduction during the year of the fellowship, which is up to the discretion of the applicant's department.

There is an expectation that fellows will publish the research produced during their time as a Wicklander Fellow and submit the published work to IBPE once the article, book, book chapter, etc. has been sent out for publication. All applicants must include a line in their cover letter indicating that they understand and will fulfill this publishing expectation.

Faculty receiving the award are expected to give the annual Wicklander lecture, usually scheduled in late May/early June.

Interested faculty should prepare a one- to three-page description of their proposed research project as it relates to applied or professional ethics, a letter from their chair or dean supporting the nomination, a cover letter (including the language mentioned above) and their CV.


Application deadline: TBA

Please send the required documents to the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University 1 E. Jackson, Suite 7100, Chicago IL 60604 or electronically to Summer Brown at For further questions contact Summer Brown at (312) 362-8786 or via email.

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