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Workshop Focuses on Ethics and Warfighting Technologies

The Stockdale Center recently organized a three-day workshop on "Ethics and Warfighting Technologies" at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA from August 2-4. Participants from the military, DOD, and leading universities around the country gathered at the Marriott Monterey Hotel, adjacent to the NPS campus, to share ideas, explore research topics of interest, and to hear presentations and the important work we accomplished at the 2010 McCain Conference on "New Warriors/New Weapons."

With ethics being a key area of focus for the event, keynote speaker, NPS Professor of Defense Analysis, Dr. John Arquilla, gave a lecture titled "Just and Unjust Cyber Wars," in which he acknowledged that cyber warfare brings up many ethical challenges, for which there are no simple answers. There were briefings from several NPS faculty who collaborate with the Stockdale Center.


Center Outreach to Africa

LT Anne Gibbon, USN, attended the Human Development Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. As the USN representative, she spoke about the Navy's goal of forging strong relations with the NGO community.

Dr. Elizabeth Holmes traveled to the University of Botswana as a speaker at the International Ethics Conference. The theme was: Retrieving the Human Face of Science: Understanding Ethics and Integrity in Healthcare, Medicine, and Research. Dr. Holmes spoke on character, leadership, and the healthcare professions.


The Dreyfus Affair
Voices of Honor, Exhibition and Reception
Funded by Friends of Jewish Chapel/USNA

The facsimile exhibit of the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair was housed in Mitscher Hall of the Naval Academy from September 15 to March 25. In honor and gratitude of Mr. and Mrs. Beitler, the Friends of the Jewish Chapel, and the Stockdale Center held a reception on March 26. There was a brief program of speakers in Mitscher Hall, followed by a catered reception in the Ottenstein Hallway of the Uriah P. Levy Center. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler, Colonel Art Athens, Director of the Stockdale Center as well as Doctor Beitler herself, spoke at this event.

Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish-French Captain accused of espionage in 1894. Dreyfus's family, friends, notables around the world, including President Theodore Roosevelt and French military, political and cultural leaders worked for his eventual exoneration. The scandal was exposed in an article by French journalist Emile Zola, famously titled "J'Accuse . . .!" published in 1898. The exhibit documents the history of the Dreyfus Affair and has traveled the world, educating people on the event itself and its impact on art, society, and politics of France and the modern world. The facsimile exhibit contains artifacts and printed media, brought to the academy because of its connection to military ethics. The case raises issues of civil military relations with regard to judicial matters, media responsibility and press freedom, and presents stirring examples of moral courage by persons involved.

The program, especially created for the exhibition by the U.S. Naval Academy Publications Office, the Stockdale Center, and Dr. Beitler can be viewed online: The Dreyfus Affair: Voices of Honor.

Dr. Phil Zimbardo Lecture
Nazi Germany, Armenia, Darfur, Abu Ghraib (How could they happen?)

The Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership sponsored and funded a special lecture presented to all second class midshipmen in April 2008 by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a world-renowned psychologist. Dr. Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968, having taught previously at Yale, NYU and Columbia. Zimbardo's career is noted for popularizing psychology through his PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 300 publications. He is also well-known for the Stanford Prison Experiment that he conducted in 1971 to study the effect of prison environments on both inmates and correction officers. During the presentation, Zimbardo referenced his recently published book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil and described his study of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal to offer the second class midshipmen a unique perspective on leadership, training, command climate, and moral courage. Dr. Zimbardo was very well received by the midshipmen and the Center is looking at opportunities to have him return to the Academy on a regular basis.

Dr. Zimbardo's lecture is available online: Psychology of Evil: The Lucifer Effect in Action.

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