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New Free Series Focuses on Morality and War

Leonard J. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
8/30/2007 —
Penn State York’s Grumbacher Program in Ethics and Humanistic Studies presents Today’s Ethical Issues, a program offering discussions, courses, and performances focusing on critical ethical issues of today.  The program begins on Sept. 4 at the YMCA of York when Leonard J. Berkowitz, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Penn State York and published author, will begin a monthly program and discussion focusing on topics including war, terrorism, and morality.    The program continues in three other locations in York throughout the year: the Jewish Community Center of York, South Central York County Senior Center, and the White Rose Senior Center. Twenty-three sessions have been scheduled from September – May and all are free and open to the public.  (A complete list of program dates is included at the end of this article).
Berkowitz, an award winning faculty member at York, will focus on morality and war for this year’s program. He plans to discuss terrorism as well as consider questions such as what situations justify going to war, what principles govern actions in war, and how do these principles apply to terrorism and our responses to it? These discussions will provide a venue for group discussion and offer an introduction to a performance in February at Penn State York.
The play Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, on national tour and performed by L.A. Theatre Works, is being brought to Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center by the program as a way to engage a wider audience in the ethical issues of this year’s topic. The play raises many ethical issues, including governmental deception and secrecy, whistle-blowing and journalistic responsibility.   Participants in Today’s Ethical Issues will receive one free admission to the play Top Secret:Tthe Battle for the Pentagon Papers, at Penn State York, on Feb.13, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the general public to this performance are $29 and go on sale Nov. 30.

Penn State York’s Program on Ethics and Humanistic Studies is funded by a generous grant from the Grumbacher Family Foundation.   For more information about the program series taking place beginning in September, please contact Dr. Leonard Berkowitz at 717-771-4159 or e-mail at ljb1@psu.edu.
Schedule for 2007-2008 
Jewish Community Center of York
2000 Hollywood Drive, York
Tuesday Morning Club
Sept. 25 (12:30 p.m.)
Oct. 16 (10:30 a.m.)
Dec. 4 (12:30 p.m.)
Jan. 22 (10:30 a.m.)
Feb. 19 (10:30 a.m.)
March 25 (10:30 a.m.)
April 22 (10:30 a.m.)
South Central York County Senior Center
150 E. Main Street, New Freedom

Oct. 10 (12:30 p.m.)
White Rose Senior Center
27 S. Broad Street, York

Sept. 27 (10:30 a.m.)
Oct. 25 (10:30 a.m.)
Dec. 6 (10:30 a.m.)
Jan. 31 (10:30 a.m.)
Feb. 21 (10:30 a.m.)
March 27 (10:30 a.m.)
April 24 (10:30 a.m.)
YMCA of York
90 N. Newberry Street, York

Sept. 4 (10 a.m.)
Oct. 2 (10 a.m.)
Nov. 6 (10 a.m.)
Dec. 4 (10 a.m.)
Feb. 5 (10 a.m.)
March 4 (10 a.m.)
April 1 (10 a.m.)
May 6 (10 a.m.)
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