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BBC veteran correspondent to speak at Ethics Seminar Sept. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ethics Seminar begins its fourth year at the University of Iowa Friday, Sept. 5, with a discussion of the ethical dilemmas and contradictions implicit in the ending of colonial rule and the renewed exercise of Chinese sovereignty.

Philip Short, a former BBC correspondent who has reported extensively on Chinese affairs, including the recent reversion of Hong Kong to China, will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building, Room W401, as part of the Ethics Seminar series.

This is the fourth year for the Ethics Seminar, which is currently co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Business Administration, the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) and the University of Iowa International Programs. The Ethics Seminars are designed to provide a place to foster interdisciplinary conversations about ethics.

Short's presentation, "Hong Kong and China: Smoke and Mirrors," is one of the three Ethics Seminar sessions offered each semester. It is free and open to faculty, students, staff and the public. People are encouraged to bring brown bag lunches.

Short, originally of Bristol, England, has worked for the past 24 years as a BBC correspondent in Moscow, Beijing, Paris, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. He also worked as a freelance journalist in Malawi and Uganda for the Associated Press, Time magazine, The Financial Times and other publications.

Short, who is also the author of two books, is currently at the University of Iowa as a Distinguished Visiting Professional, thanks to a National Resource Center (NCR) grant through UI International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts. He will be in residence at the International Center in the fall, teaching a course for the Third World Development Support Program, and in residence at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the spring.

The Ethics Seminar was organized in 1994 by the College of Business Administration and the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, to foster an interdisciplinary conversation about ethics. Each session explores a specific issue, and speaker papers are made available to allow participants to prepare for discussion.

Because the University of Iowa officially observes the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during the 1998-1999 academic year, the Ethics Seminar will focus on human rights during the Spring 1998 semester.

In the previous years the seminar topics included "Collaboration of Investigators and Industry and the Ethics of Investigator-Industry Relations," "Rethinking the Corporation: Business as Mediating Institution," "Smoke and Mirrors: The Marketing of Tobacco" and others.

Among the speakers were Christopher Squier, professor and associate dean of the UI College of Dentistry, and Timothy Fort, assistant professor of business at the University of Michigan.

For more information on the seminar, call POROI at 335-2753.

(Note to editors: If you are interested in writing a feature on Philip Short, please call Lois Gray, UI International Programs media specialist, at 335-2026.)