Past Webinars in this Series

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Trusting the Experts

Recent crises have shown us that following the advice of scientists and experts  is crucial to maintaining public health.  And yet, we live in a society where expertise is doubted and rejected or lauded and revered in seemingly equal measure. While science may be infallible, scientists are not. read more...

Dr. Arthur Caplan
, Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics, NYU School of Medicine

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ethical Dilemmas for Religious Leaders in Times of Crisis

The rise of National Socialism, an ideology that sought to assimilate all social institutions toward its political ends, forced a reckoning for those in fields that once valued their independence from the state and political concerns. This played out not just in the professions, such as business, journalism, law, medicine but also in religion. Join us as our panelists Michael A. Meyer (Hebrew Union College) and Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examine the excruciating choices faced by Jewish religious leaders, such as Rabbi Leo Baeck, as well as the response of Church leaders to National Socialism.

Michael A. Meyer
, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati

Susannah Heschel,  Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Role of Clergy 

Members of the mob that attacked the Capitol and attempted to overthrow a democratic election claimed they were enacting God’s will.  What role did religious leaders play in encouraging or enabling this?  What can history teach us about the role of religious institutions and leaders within polarized societies and authoritarian regimes? read more...

Rev. Dr. Kevin Spicer (FASPE Seminary Faculty & Academic Committee Member), James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Complicity & Accountability — Rebuilding the Guardrails

The January 6 invasion of the Capitol was not simply the actions of an uncontrolled mob, but an assault on democracy incited by political leaders that has massive implications for the ethical responsibilities of professionals. The path to the Capitol was paved by the actions of those who violated crucial norms and undermined central democratic institutions. In the wake of the past four years, how do professionals promote meaningful and fair accountability work for the people and institutions who have violated the law and ethical obligations? read more...

Erica Newland, Counsel, Protect Democracy; former Attorney Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice (DoJ)

David Luban (FASPE Law Faculty & Academic Committee Member),  Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Role of Professionals in Preserving Democracy

Democracies do not often fall in one fell swoop, instead, it is the erosion of democratic norms and processes over time that destabilize government. How do we teach professionals and educators about their role when democracy is at stake? read more...

Dr. Karen Murphy, Director of International Strategy, Facing History and Ourselves

Dr. William Meinecke, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Stephen Latham, JD, PhD, Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Journalism in the Era of Post-Truth

In an era where leaders lambast the press as “fake news” and citizens fall victim to rampant disinformation, ethical journalism has never been more necessary. Journalists are the first line of defense and are essential to ensuring an informed public makes the best choices. read more...

Bill Grueskin (FASPE Board Member & Journalism Faculty), Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Journalism School

Amanda Bennett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor; former Director of the Voice of America

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2pm EST

Auschwitz: Place, Education, Memory

The year 2020 forced a hiatus on all of us. During this time, historical sites barely were accessible for pedagogic or commemorative purposes. What consequences did this have? read more...

Paul Salmons, Curator, educator, & consultant, Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away

Pawel Sawicki, Press Officer, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

About The Rhyme of the Past

Mark Twain is said to have once posited that “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” At FASPE, we believe that history provides both warning and instruction. Join us for a series of webinars in which we explore the historical dimensions of issues such as the erosion of democratic norms, the significance of the rule of law, the power of the press, transitional justice, and the nexus of contemporary ethics and historical memory, examine how professional standards have been challenged during the past four years, and seek to elucidate the role professionals can play today in the writing of tomorrow’s history.

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