The “Be Better Club”
An informal ethics discussion group
Students, faculty, and staff interested interested in talking with us about contemporary ethical issues are welcome to participate in the bi-weekly “Be Better Club,” an informal but informed bi-weekly discussion group. Topics are chosen by community interest and driven by your thinking.
Discussions are held by Zoom and are open to everyone. Join us at
Vaccines, Variants, and Uncertainty
As we negotiate viral variants, what’s the right thing to do? How do we deal with ongoing uncertainty about a changing risk landscape?
FRAMING PODCAST: Baker and Maxmen. 04 June 2021. Coronapod: Uncertainty and COVID ‘lab-leak’ theory.
Intellectual Property, Ownership, and Theft
What are the ethical concerns around intellectual property? What are their implications in new FL legislation like FL HB 7017 and 1523?
FRAMING PODCAST: Aronczyk, A. 26 June 2020. Seed Spy. Planet Money. After Dinner Conversation.
Online Learning, Choice, and Equity
Cameras on or off? Attending live or listening later? How do we balance engagement, privacy, and choice for students learning online?
FRAMING PODCAST: Stommel, J. July 29, 2020. How to Be Together in Learning Online. Teaching in Higher Ed.
Data Scraping and the IRB
What are the ethically relevant differences between data scraped from online social media and other human subjects data?
FRAMING PODCAST: Rodebaugh, T. and Leary, M. September 2014. More than meets the IRB – Social media research ethics: Considering the Facebook “emotional contagion” study. HRPO Podcasts.
Morally Neutral or Morally Neutered?
The volume is up in the critique against perceived political bias in higher education. What gives? What does the future look like?
FRAMING PODCAST: Coaston, J. 8 December 2021. Can a New University Really Fix Academia’s Free Speech Problem? The Argument.
Rise of the Robots
As robotics become more advanced, robots play a bigger and bigger role in tasks that humans traditionally have done. What are the ethical limits, if any, to their rise?
FRAMING PODCAST: Beard, M. 25 December 2020. Should Robots Replace Humans? Short and Curly.
Facial Recognition, AI, and You
Like the old western, there’s good, bad, and ugly here. We’ll talk them through and see where you stand.
FRAMING PODCAST:MIT. 12 October 2021. How AI is Destroying Our Moral and Civil Efficacy. Bold Stories. Future Focused.