Now is the Time

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. To commemorate the event, I listened to the full audio of the speech, which saddens and inspires me each time I hear it.
I also played the first few minutes of the speech to my students in Business Ethics, ending at the line “America has given the Negro people a bad deck, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'” I asked them to think if the check had finally been cashed (no, of course not) and if other groups today are having the same type of discrimination as people of color in the 1960s (yes, of course). I also reminded them that businesses play a significant role and have a responsibility to work for fairness… of note, the march was called the “March for Jobs and Freedom.”

Full text of speech
Full audio of speech

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Overheard

Hallway, Muller Faculty Center

Young Woman: Are you going to smoke?
Young Man: Uh, well, why?
Young Woman: You shouldn’t smoke. You are going to be taking the LSATs. Your mind should be clear.
Young Man: I don’t smoke that much.
And what exactly would he be smoking, then, that would fuzzy his mind?

One Day in November

Hollywood Housewife asked her readers to document their daily lives on November 14, 2012. Here’s my day:
My day begins with the dogs, feeding them and taking them outside for a walk.

I do a little work and then read with horror about the latest Mercy for Animals undercover operation in which abuse of turkeys at Butterball factories was documented.

Next, up, some cuddles with the dogs!

Later tonight, I am going to a birthday party, but I won’t be home before then, so I make some stitch markers to take as a gift.
Another faculty member and I are giving a workshop on “Hard to Assess Learning Outcomes,” so I head to the Center for Faculty Excellence on campus.
Usually, the center displays some student or faculty artwork. Today, they had pieces from the show Turn up the Transparency: 35 mm Slide Art. These were my two favorite pieces.
We didn’t have a lot of folks attend the workshop, but it was a good conversation nonetheless. However, we didn’t have much time to debrief because my colleague and I both had meetings immediately following the workshop. No time for photos between the two events! By the time I was done with the meeting, it was dark outside.
I headed over to the Clark Lounge in the Campus Center where there was a wine and cheese reception for faculty members. I noticed on my way that the TerraCycle Brigade had put a collection bin in the common area.
Some of our brilliant music students performed at the reception.
After some hurried mingling, I went to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of the women who comes to knit night. 
George had his own dinner tonight, a celebration of the end of the season with his co-workers at the farm, so I hardly saw him today. I ended the day, as I started it, with the dogs.
(That’s Survivor on the television.) I also did a little bit of knitting.
Today was fairly atypical – I am usually not running around quite so much! I am glad that Laura chose today for the project, otherwise you’d probably only be getting pictures of the dogs.

Animal Rights in the Classroom

On Wednesday, we are scheduled to discuss animal rights as they relate to business ethics. Perhaps I should be more excited about covering this with my students, but I am too close to the subject. In thinking about the upcoming class, I was reminded of an incident in my MBA program.

In my Operations Management class, we had to give group presentations on a topic related to the course. (I can’t remember at all what my group’s presentation covered.) One day, a group helmed by a student I remember as a jerk presented on slaughterhouse waste. I suppose that the topic was legitimate, and perhaps not even controversial in an Oklahoma classroom, but the group treated the concept as a joke. To me, the death of animals is never a joke, and in fact, the entire premise of slaughterhouses is immoral.

I had to leave the classroom until the presentation was over. It’s bad enough that animals are killed in a cruel and inhumane manner, but to laugh about it? This is what they found so humorous:

Unforgivable.

B-School Tailgate

All of us, including the dogs, George’s parents, and Gary, went to the welcome back BBQ tailgate hosted by the School of Business Peer Advisors group. Walter and Norman wore the school colors, yellow and blue. They love spending time with the students!

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