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May 10, 2002 Press Contact: Steve Koppes
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Nobel laureate Robert Fogel among experts to discuss ‘Business Ethics After Enron’ June 1 at Gleacher Center

A panel of experts led by Nobel laureate and University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Professor Robert Fogel will discuss the state of business ethics in the United States after Enron from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive.

Other panelists include Al Gini, professor of philosophy and the Institute of Industrial Relations at Loyola University; Ron Nahser, CEO of the Globe Group, a strategy and marketing communications firm; Michael Maley, president of Alliant Energy Generation, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp.; and John Hojnar, president of Hojnar, Leuck & Associates, a public accounting firm.

The panelists will address the broad issue of business ethics in the nation today from a variety of angles. For example, what does the Enron case reveal as problematic in the way U.S. firms conduct themselves? Is Enron an isolated case or does it suggest a more pervasive malaise in corporate behavior? What private or legislative steps are being taken to protect employees and stockholders from the manipulations of senior corporation officers?

Also, what is the situation of the business whistleblower, and should more protections for such people be put into law? Are business schools stressing ethics sufficiently in their curriculum? What pressures to stockholders implicitly apply to corporate officers that may result in a lapse in business ethics? How do U.S. firms competing abroad deal with societies where the standard business practice runs afoul of U.S. laws regarding payoffs and bribery? Following their discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience.

Admission to the June 1 event is $18 for those who preregister, or $25 at the door. A continental breakfast will be provided. Students pay $10 with a valid identification card from an accredited university. Preregistration fees may be mailed to the Graham School of General Studies, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637, or fax a credit card number to (773) 702-6814. For more information, call (773) 702-1682.

Note: Journalists are invited to attend this event at no charge. If you plan to attend, please contact Steve Koppes at (773) 702-8366, or
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