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St. Paul Rotary Club hosts debate on ethics in business and daily life

A public lunch will follow a workshop and debates during the May 13 event in St. Paul.

Ethics in business and personal life will be discussed at a May 13 forum of the Rotary Club of St. Paul.

An invited group of people from government, law, accounting, police, fire, religion, military, education, arts and culture, and nonprofits will meet in the morning for a workshop on values and ethics.

A public lunch, with a speech by Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, will follow at the Prom Center. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

In announcing the forum, Rotary Club President Jim Kosmo said:

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“Every day news media reports blast out scurrilous details of prominent people and organizations encountering embarrassing ethical and values challenges. The true challenge is how we react. What is our litmus test for ethical behavior?”

Kosmo, retired riverboat pilot with the Padelford fleet on the Mississippi River, is a former mayor of Bayport. He’s co-author, with John Kriesel, of “Still Standing.”

The morning forum starts with a debate on “Does America face a values crisis?” between Mitch Pearlstein, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, and Rich Broderick, research fellow for the Thai Khadi Institute and an editor, historian and journalism professor. Moderator will be Rotarian Stephen Young, global executive director of the Caux Round Table and former dean of the Hamline University Law School.

After the debate small groups will current ethical issues.

The noon lunch is open to non-Rotary members. Keynote speaker at lunch will be Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, former chair/CEO of Carlson Companies. She will be introduced by Stanley Hubbard, chair/CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting. Online registration is available.