The Davies Forum at the University of San Francisco is a challenging intellectual program that focuses on values in public life.The continuing theme of the Davies Forum "The Search for values in Contemporary America," promises a refreshing examination of the turbulent state of American Society in the Last half of the 20th century and the present.
"Corruption, Ethics and Crisis: The American Economy at Crossroads"
“The great pillars of all government and of social life [are]
virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone,
that renders us invincible."This Fall, the Davies Forum topic will be: "Corruption, Ethics and Crisis: The American Economy at Crossroads" This forum will be taught by Professor Suparna Chakraborty of the Department of Economics.
–Letter to Archibald Blair, January 8, 1799;
Patrick Henry, Moses Coit Tyler (New York: Houghton Mifflin in Co; 1897), p.
The aim of this forum is to examine in depth the
erosion of values in American businesses today and its consequence on the greater
economy. This forum attempts to search for the roots of the recent crisis in a
loss of the moral fiber in pursuit of profit maximization and examine how,
taking short-cuts with ethics, can undermine the very foundations of the market
economy on which our society is based. Entrenched in University of San
Francisco's core value "moral dimension of every significant human
choice", this forum is designed to identify the moral compass around which
we as individuals will take our business decisions, realize the perils of
losing sight of ethics not only for the well-being of our souls, but also for
our very existence as a leader of the free world. Through this forum, we
hope to generate critical thinking about what loss of values can do to our
economy and highlight the need to change the future business climate - one
where ethics will be seen as a tool to achieve success, not a barrier to
circumvent in pursuit of greater material well-being.
the Fall various guests will visit the University of San Francisco to share
their views on these issues. For more information about these events, please see
our Events page.