BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Ethical aspects of housing debacle focus of Reiter lecture

Dr. Robert Kolb will be on campus next week to provide some answers to the question on many Americans’ lips these days: “How did we get in this mess?”

As this year’s speaker in the Edward and Linda Reiter Endowed Lecture Series, Kolb will discuss “Incentives, Incentive Structures, Duties and Decency in the Financial Crisis of 2007 and Beyond” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. His talk is free and open to the public.

A professor of finance and the Frank W. Considine Chair of Applied Ethics at Loyola University in Chicago, Kolb is a widely published expert on financial derivatives and their applications to risk management.

In the Reiter lecture, he will discuss how the housing market functions from the perspective of ethical and unethical behaviors in an environment of powerful incentives and their structures.

The Edward and Linda Reiter Endowed Lectureship was established in 2004 to bring prominent figures to campus to discuss the role of values and ethics in the workplace. The lectureship is designed to recognize and nurture the commitment to ethical decision-making and the greater good exemplified by the Reiters, who are local residents.

The series is administered by BG Experience, the University's values initiative that incorporates critical thinking about values in coursework and teaches students to think critically about their personal values in making decisions in everyday life.

February 2, 2009