Howard Schultz: Exemplar of Ethical Public Communication

The CEO of Starbucks has earned a reputation for communicating enlightened corporate responsibility in several ways. Most recently he has championed a movement to recognize and reward America’s veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Together with the Washington Post senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, […]

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Let’s Be Rational

On November 16, 2014 By

“Can’t we just be rational about this?” Probably you have heard or uttered this admonition before, perhaps more than once. There is an assumption (in fact, the basis for this site and this blog) that we can and ought to be rational, especially when making arguments affecting people in public arenas or dealing with significant […]

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Carmel, Indiana, the rapidly growing suburb on the north side of metropolitan Indianapolis, has lately received a lot of favorable publicity. CNN Money Magazine, for example, recently ranked the city as number one in the nation on its list of “Best Places to Live.” At the same time, Carmel was named number one on a […]

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Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) looks up from his room service breakfast at Kelly (Robert Redford) to announce he knows how the con works: “You’re past-posted.” This is the point in the movie The Sting when Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman) and Kelly/Redford set the hook to reel in their big fish for their big sting. Lonnegan […]

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Reflecting on the inaugural four-day meeting of the Conference on Ethics and Public Argumentation at Butler, I am struck by all the ways that the presenters communicate their ethical stance on various community-building projects. Blog entries will feature exemplars from the first conference sessions.

The first speaker at the Conference was the Reverend Charles Harrison, […]

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On February 13 of this year, electronic devices across the US were, according to the hype of the day, focused on the beginning of the second season of the Netflix original hit, “House of Cards.” Stories abounded concerning plans people were making for “binge parties,” as some viewers prepared for day and night long watching […]

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition

Program Time: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Rev. Charles Harrison
Location: Johnson Room of Robertson Hall
Pastors and community members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition take to the streets to address neighborhood violence, and to promote peace instead of […]

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The previous blog entry (February 9) begins the discussion of the upcoming initial meeting of the Conference on Ethics and Public Argumentation at Butler University, April 1 – 4 of this spring. The theme, “Engaging the Community,” highlights various settings for building community through ethical communication. In the previous entry, community was defined in very […]

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