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The Ethics of American Youth

Michael Josephson has been called "the locator of missing corporate souls, the fanner of the flame at the grave of the honest politician, [and] the last man you'd want to meet at the gates of heaven." Mr. Josephson is one of several speakers in "Ethics in the 1990s," a series sponsored by the Salvatori Center and organized by CMC's own Leslie Bailey and the Philosophy Colloquium.

A graduate of UCLA and the UCLA law school, Mr. Josephson was a law professor for almost 20 years at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Loyola, Los Angeles. In 1987 he left academia to devote himself to the work of the Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute for the Advancement of Ethics, a public benefit, nonprofit corporation he founded in honor of his parents.

As president of the institute, Josephson actively improves the ethical quality of society by teaching and advocating principled reasoning and ethical decision making. Through its programs and publications, the institute offers today's leaders in business, government, journalism, and education practical insights into ethical issues. Josephson's philosophy focuses more on behavior than on research and theory, and emphasizes the need to reach particularly those individuals in positions of power, helping them to recognize and realize their own potential to make a positive difference in the world.

Mr. Josephson's speech, titled "The Ethics of American Youth," begins at 7:00, following a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. Please return the enclosed coupon to reserve your seat for dinner.