Ethics Institute

The Ethics Institute was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institution directed by regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation, and it facilitates this process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums. The institute also bestows the Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award upon a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior in their personal, civic and/or professional life during its annual dinner.

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University sponsored the panel presentation and program, “Differing Faith Perspectives on Nonviolence,” on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Alden Trust Room 219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program focused on the topic of nonviolence, one of the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Misericordia in 1924. It included a brief introductory presentation and then a discussion on various perspectives of nonviolence from different faith traditions. The event was free and open to the public. For more information about this event click here.


EMAIL: ethics@misericordia.edu


Diversity Camp attendees with members of the EI Board
Pictured above: Diversity Camp attendees with members of the Ethics Institute Board.


Fall 2018 Programs on Ethics

Fall 2018 Programs on Ethics


-September 5th Labor Day Lecture: “Pennsylvania’s Landscapes: Rust, Revival, and the Future of Labor in Penn’s, Woods” 7:00 PM in McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, King’s College; presenter, Allen Dieterich-Ward (Shippensburg University); sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College

-September 17th Constitution Day Event:“The Scope and Limits of Presidential Power: A Non-Partisan Discussion.” 7:00 PM in McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, King’s College; panelists Beth Admiraal (King’s College), Thomas Baldino (Wilkes University), and Michael Moreland (Villanova University); sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College

-September 20th Exhibit Opening: on the anniversary of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health: “Scarred,” 6:00 PM, McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University; RSVP to Stacy Gallin at sgallin@misericordia.edu by 9/10; sponsored by the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health at Misericordia University

- September 26th Sr. Siena Finley, RSM second annual lecture on ethics: “How to speak to Nones and all: a politics of integrity,” 7:00 PM, Insalaco Hall 218, Misericordia University; presenter, Bernard Prusak (King’s College); sponsored by the NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University

-October 15th World Bioethics Events: “End of Life Care: an Honest Conversation,” 12:00 PM, Insalaco Hall 218, Misericordia University; presenter, Daniel Davis (Geisinger); co-sponsored by the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health, the Medical and Health Humanities Program, and the Arts of Health and Humanities Student Club at Misericordia University

-October 15th Feast of Saint Francis Lecture:“Being there: What Contemporary Health Care Owes Persons at the End of Life,” 7:00 pm, McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, King’s College; presenter, Patricia Talone (former VP Catholic Health Association); sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College

-October 17th: “The Role of Religion in Medical Ethics: Perspectives from Judaism and Catholicism,” 4:00 PM, Bevevino Library, McGowan Room, Misericordia University; presenters, Ira Bedzow (New York Medical College) and Joseph Curran (Misericordia University); sponsored by the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health and the Medical and Health Humanities program at Misericordia University

-October 17th: “Is there a Place for Religion in End of Life Care? a Jewish Bioethical Approach,” 7:00 PM, Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University; presenter, Ira Bedzow (New York Medical College); sponsored by the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health at Misericordia University

-November 15th: Hesburgh Lecture: “Time Biases,” 7:00 PM, McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium, King’s College; presenter, Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame); sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College.

Poster made possible by a grant from the Religious Sisters of Mercy -- Mercy Foundation.


Fall 2018 events sponsored by the following four organizations involved in ethics programming:
The NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University;
The McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King's College;
The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Healthcare at Misericordia University;
and The Medicine and Arts Program at Misericordia University.

Letter from Director, Dr. James Calderone - July 2018

Cherishing human life and believing in the inherent dignity of every individual are values found in most, perhaps all, serious ethical frameworks worldwide. In addition, these two values are ordinarily ranked at or near the top by societies which consider themselves to be humane.

As Members of the Board of the NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University, we affirm the primacy of these values, and we object strongly to the current policies which have been and continue to be implemented by United States government agencies responsible for working with people seeking asylum at our southern border.

In particular, the detention of asylum seekers, the separation of families, the lack of a structure for a swift unification of families, and the use of national policy to further political goals at the expense of creating long-lasting human harm are all unacceptable for a nation which upholds human rights.

We urge all to express their concerns to our representatives about a national environment where policies and practices subordinate human dignity and human welfare and elevate an unhealthy fear and a retaliatory defensiveness in the “promotion of national security.” Disrespect of the values that we as Americans hold as ideals, such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” should never be tolerated, especially in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

We hope that the powerful phrases (from Emma Lazarus’ 1903 poem, “The New Colossus”) which are written on a plaque at the foundation of our Statue of Liberty are still written deep in the heart of every American:

…Bring me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, and the tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Respectfully,

Dr. James M. Calderone, Director

On Behalf of THE BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NE PA ETHICS INSTITUTE AT MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY

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Previous Honorees 1994 - 2014

Previous Honorees 1994 - 2013

PAST RECIPIENTS OF ETHICS AWARD

1994 Allan Kluger

1995 Sister Siena Finley, RSM

1996 Tom Bigler

1997 Buddy Rothstein

1998 Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM and Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM

1999 Thomas Pugh

2000 Habitat for Humanity

2001 Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn

2002 St. Joseph's Center

2003 Rev. Thomas J. O'Hara, CSC

2004 Children's Service Center

2005 Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco, Sr.

2006 State Senator Charles D. Lemmond

2007 The Board and Staff of the Commission on Economic Opportunity

2008 The Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton

2009 Patrice and Joseph Persico

2010 The People of Luzerne County Who Strive for an Ethical Community

2011 Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D. and Sr. Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.

2012 Mr. Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A. and Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E.

2013 Mr. Rodrigo "Rod" Gereda

2014 Christine Somers, M.S.W., D. Min.

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute

Additional Programming by the Ethics Institute have included:

Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and support from The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Social Media in Health Care: Ethical Challenges and Clinical Possibilities", October 4, 2013, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Ethical Issues in Healthcare: Bridging the Cultural Divide", October 2, 2011, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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"Ethical Perspectives on Elder Care" that was held on April 26th, 2007, at Luzerne County Community College's Educational Conference Center.

Twelve informative lectures on a wide spectrum of topics were presented by experts in geriatric care.

Lecturers' topics included dementia, elder abuse, cultural diversity, technology, spiritual care, moral dilemmas and legal issues that arise in the care of the elderly.


The Geisinger Health System and the Ethics Institute of Northeastern PA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Choices at the End of Life: Facing Medical & Ethical Dilemmas", April 27th, 2006, at East Mountain Inn, Wilkes Barre, PA.


Jane Randel, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Liz Claiborne, Inc., presented the program, "Is there a Role for Business in Addressing Domestic Violence?", November 9th, 2005.

Randel who is director of Liz Claiborne's award-winning, cause marketing program aimed at generating awareness, educating the public, and preventing violence against women.

Jane Randel spoke on how employers have unique opportunities to provide tools, assistance, and resources to employees to prevent and remedy situations causing emotional and physical violence in the home.

Ethics Institute Board Members

Ethics Institute Board Members

The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institute directed by regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation and it facilitates the process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums.

Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members

Dr. James Calderone

Sr. Carol Gallagher, R.S.M.

Mr. Joseph DeVizia

Ms. Kathleen Gelso

Mr. Howard Grossman

Ms. Karen Holcomb

Rabbi Roger Lerner

Ms. Alejandra Marroquin

Mr. Rick Miller

Dr. Gary Mrozinski

Mrs. Barbara Quinn

Atty. Eileen Reilly

Dr. Paul Reinert

Mr. Rodrigo Gereda

Associate Board Members

Ms. Rita Boyle

Reb. Michael Bryant

Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy

Mr. William Jones

Ms. Elly Miller

Dr. Henry Nardone

Ms. Kristine Pruett

Dr. Margarita Rose

Dr. Charles Zola

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