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Computer Ethics Expert Presents Annual Schmidt Lecture

October 22, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Philosopher Deborah G. Johnson will present the 2007 Edward S. And A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics, “Ethics.com: Watching and Being Watched in Cyberspace.” This free, public lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Johnson is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson professor of applied ethics at the University of Virginia. She is a leading voice among a small but growing group of philosophers who are using traditional theoretical tools to explore the human side of technology. Her talk will focus on the ethical dimensions of online communication amid the increasing popularity of social networking sites and the continued growth of such computer applications as blogs and e-business.

Johnson is the author of several books on the ethical implications of technology, and her academic papers on the subject have been published in a variety of professional journals and edited volumes. She is the recipient of the John Barwise prize from the American Philosophical Association, the ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference Award and the Sterling Olmsted Award from the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has served as a visiting professor at Princeton University where she worked on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project on ethics and computer decision models. She has received NSF funding to conduct faculty workshops on ethical and professional issues in computing, and on teaching computer ethics using the Web.

The Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics is designed to impart to students the value and role of ethics in professional and personal endeavors. Established by Edward R. Schmidt '69, a member of Susquehanna University's board of trustees, the lectureship encourages dialogue on ethical thinking in all areas of academic preparation. It honors Schmidt's parents, Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt, of Hatboro, Pa., in recognition that the first teachers of ethics and moral behavior are parents.

Contact: Victoria Kidd

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