Elected Officials to Discuss Political Decency at WSU Symposium

OGDEN, Utah – From Watergate to Abscam to Monica Lewinsky to Jack Abramanoff, U.S. political history is rife with scandals and people making bad decisions or having ethical lapses in judgment.

 The sheer volume of headlines and news stories about questionable ethics makes one wonder if wrongdoing has become commonplace.

Weber State University’s Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct will present the symposium “Decency in the Political Arena: Is it Really the Exception and Not the Rule?” on Dec. 7. The event is free to the public and will be held on the fourth floor of the Stewart Stadium Sky Suites on WSU’s Ogden campus.

Congressman Rob Bishop will deliver the keynote address for the symposium at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, the symposium will feature panel discussions by former politicians, pollsters and university professors.

The symposium will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a panel discussion on “Ethics & Politics: A View from the Academy,” featuring history, philosophy and political science professors from WSU and Louisiana State University.

That will be followed by “Ethics & Politics: A View from the Trenches,” with a panel composed of James Hansen, a former congressman from Utah’s first district who chaired the House ethics committee; Salt Lake County councilmember Randy Horiuchi; pollster Dan Jones: and former Republican National Committee chairman Richard Richards.

The Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct was established in the Department of Political Science in WSU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2007 to facilitate student-faculty fellowships and scholarships, a public lectures series, and to promote the study of political reform. The goal of the institute is to create greater awareness about political decency, and educate and prepare future generations to make ethical decisions. Initial funding for the institute was made possible through a generous lead gift from Richard and Annette Richards.

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Decency in the Political Arena: Is it Really the Exception and Not the Rule?

Friday, December 7, 2007
Stewart Stadium Sky Suites, 4th Floor

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Ethics & Politics: A View from the Academy

Moderator: Gene Sessions
Chair, Department of History, Weber State University
Bob Becker
Emeritus Professor of History, Louisiana State University

Richard Greene
Associate Professor of Philosophy WSU
Gary Johnson
Associate Professor of Political Science WSU
Leah Murray
Assistant Professor of Political Science WSU

4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
Ethics & Politics: A View from "The Trenches"
Moderator: Jay Taggart
Morgan County School District Board President and former Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Honorable James Hansen
Former congressman (R-Utah, 1st District)

Randy Horiuchi
Salt Lake County councilmember

Dan Jones
Political pollster

Richard Richards
Former chairman of the Republican National Committee

6 p.m. Break

7:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah, 1st District)

Frank Guliuzza, professor and chairman, political science department
801-626-6698 · fguliuzza@weber.edu
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu