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Ethics for the Community

  • The Applied Ethics Institute sponsors a variety of ethics programs throughout Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay Area. Through partnerships with community organizations, faculty and students are involved in activities designed to elevate the awareness of ethical issues locally:

    1. Speakers Bureau
      Our 12 full-time professors are available to speak to your organization about a range of topics that will help your members consider, "What would I do?" Our Speakers Bureau can schedule a speaker for your members on a variety of topics like personal ethics, bioethics, business ethics, virtue ethics, Socrates and the ancients, critical thinking and more.
    2. Partnerships with Pinellas County Schools to promote K-12 ethics and character education
    3. Partnerships with local non-profits to promote community-based ethics programs

    There is never a charge for our speakers nor will they sell anything or solicit donations. To schedule a speaker for your organization, please call us at 727-341-4335.

    Community Service

    Applied Ethics Institute sponsors student involvement in service organizations throughout Pinellas County. Thousands of volunteer hours have been donated to dozens of groups, including:

    • All Children's Hospital
    • The Arts Center
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • The Center for Women
    • Children's Home Society
    • Friends of Strays
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
    • Keep Pinellas Beautiful
    • PARC
    • Stavros Institute
    • Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
    • Trinity Cafe
  • Keith Goree Applied Ethics Lecture Series

    The Keith Goree Applied Ethics Lecture Series is designed to provide thought-provoking presentations on ethics issues important to the St. Petersburg College community. The Keith Goree Lecture Series is named for the former Director of the Applied Ethics Institute who died in 2009. He taught ethics at St. Petersburg College for more than 20 years, co-authoring the ethics textbook which has been used by more than 100,000 students at six universities. "Keith Goree's daily life modeled the ideals of compassion, wisdom, justice and humor and, most importantly, courage", said fellow professor Jane Till.

    Remembering Keith Goree, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Ethics Instructor, 1960-2009

    Keith GoreeEpilogue: William Keith Goree
    St. Petersburg Times
    Wed., July 22, 2009
     

    Goree, a St. Petersburg resident, began teaching Ethics at the college in 1986 and had written ethics books, articles and curricula. He became Director of the college's Applied Ethics Institute in 2005, and was instrumental in establishing its first Advisory Board.

    Through his leadership, the Institute developed a variety of programs for students such as the Ethics Bowl, the High School Leadership Academy, the "Characters with Character" library story time for children, and other programs designed to create meaningful ethical discussions in our community and to help businesses and professional groups maintain the ethical standards necessary for long-term success.

    "Everyone would agree that Keith is an outstanding teacher of ethics and has touched thousands of students' lives helping them discover how they can become better human beings", said Jane Till, Acting Instructor-in-Charge, Applied Ethics and the Applied Ethics Institute. "His daily life models the ideals of compassion, wisdom, justice, and humor and most importantly – courage".

    Goree received accolades for his efforts. In 1999, he received the Carol Burnett Prize for Ethics in Journalism, and in 2005 he won the William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award, one of the most prestigious commendations given to community college faculty.

    In October, Goree was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Although he briefly went into remission after chemotherapy treatment, the leukemia returned last month.

    In September, Chris Robinson, son of SPC Director of Libraries Deborah Robinson, will honor Goree by competing in a race sponsored by Team in Training, which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Robinson will run with Goree's name and picture on his shirt.

    Goree's wife, Anna, is an Academic Advisor at the Allstate Center and they have two grown children, Leann and Michael, who are pursuing careers in law and music.

    "This is a loss felt deeply by our college family", said Karen Kaufman White, Provost, SP/G. "My heart is full of more than 25 wonderful years of knowing Keith. Like so many others, I will be eternally grateful for all that Keith brought to my life, both professionally and personally. Our hearts go out in a special way to Anna, Leann and Michael, as we remember our friend always".