Monday, October 23rd, 2017
A Moral Political Vision for a Polarized Nation
keynote address by The New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow
March 22–24, 2018
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
The 2018 Herb and Karen Baum Symposium for Ethics and the Professions will examine the key moral responsibilities of members of the U.S. civic body, from various walks of professional life, in light of the current political climate. Scheduled for Thursday, March 22 through the morning of Saturday, March 24, 2018, the free symposium will feature a keynote lecture by The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow and discussions by a diverse set of thought leaders and scholars.
“This is a time of heightened political polarization, in which citizens of all backgrounds and political viewpoints find themselves in distress—be it over what they see as a devolving commitment to truth and facts; violations of longstanding expectations of ethics in private life and in public office; or the rhetoric around communities of color, immigrant groups, and religious minorities,” said Jennifer Harvey, Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics at Drake University. “The 2018 Baum Symposium creates a space and environment for constructive dialogue. Participants will examine important questions through presentations and workshops by some of the nation’s most respected leaders and scholars.”
Keynote lecturer Charles M. Blow will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018; he is best known for his newspaper columns tackling hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter movement. He is also a CNN commentator; a presidential visiting professor at Yale University, where he teaches a seminar on media and politics; and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
The symposium continues Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, with a diverse program of speakers and leaders from a variety of professions and academic fields. Sessions will focus on topics related to media, politics, business, education, and activism.
This event is free and open to the public (made possible through a generous donation from Herb, BN’58, and Karen Baum). Additional support is provided by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement and the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. Registration information and additional details are available online at http://baumsymposium4ethics.wp.drake.edu.
About the keynote lecturer
Charles M. Blow is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Blow is also a CNN commentator and a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he teaches a seminar on media and politics.
Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”
Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. He went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Blow had worked at The Detroit News.
Blow graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.
About The Baum Symposium
The Herb and Karen Baum Symposium for Ethics and the Professions is held every three years, and is open to the public. It’s designed to engage in careful and collaborative scrutiny of a contemporary issue of ethics that impacts communities and leaders in the worlds of business, education, journalism, law and other professional fields.
The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of Herb (BN’58) and Karen Baum, whose generous commitment also provides funding for the Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics and the Professions, a prestigious faculty position that guides Drake University students in developing a firmly grounded personal commitment to the highest standards of ethics and ethical decision-making.
Herb and Karen Baum are dedicated philanthropists whose support has greatly benefited Drake University. Their gift was inspired by Herb Baum’s long-time passion: ethics in business. Herb Baum is the retired chairman, president, and CEO of the Dial Corporation and the author of The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company through Straight Talk, Openness and Accountability. He has devoted much of his retirement to promoting ethical behavior within the industry.