Course Description

Trump is out. Biden is in. The moral bankruptcy in the White House left for Mar-a-Lago, but the Age of Lies and Deceit continues despite the transition. There will always be liars and cheaters in politics, business, sports, and every other aspect of life. Why do we seem to accept some of it (politicians’ lies, for example), but revolt against other forms of bad behavior (“Me, too”)? This course is not a deep dive into the philosophy of ethics or telling anyone how to behave. Instead, it is practical, down-to-earth, and grounded in current events. It is about recognizing, thinking about, and dealing with ethical issues that affect us all the time. Hopefully, too, it is also about having fun and stimulating “the little gray cells.” Join us for an interactive and engaging discussion, where all opinions, liberal and conservative, are welcome!

Course Outline

About the Instructor

Edward F. (Ned) Brooks, DrPH, MBA, retired from university service in 2014, after a long and distinguished career in higher education. From 1972 to 1986, he was Associate Director of UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In 1986, he joined the University’s administration serving as Assistant, and later as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. In 1997, Ned was appointed Associate Provost with responsibilities for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the Health Sciences Library, and seven research centers. He has served as a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and taught leadership and ethics courses in their graduate programs. Ned has taught ethics and leadership at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris since 2011. At UNC, he chaired various boards and departmental committees, most notably, the committee to plan the creation of The Friday Center. He is active in many community and civic organizations.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must be received in writing at least one week before the start of classes. You will be issued a refund, less a $10 administrative fee. Please contact Student Services at stuserv@unc.edu.

Alternatively, participant substitutions are welcome. If you cannot attend an event, you can contact us with the name of the individual who will take your place.

In-Person Course

This course takes place in-person at the Friday Center for Continuing Education. 

Note: Our programming policies follow UNC-Chapel Hill Community Standards and are subject to change. In concordance with these standards, masks are optional for in-person courses. See the COVID-19 Community Standards for more information.

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