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Decline of Ethical Standards

Lecture to Focus on Decline of Ethical Standards

Thane Rosenbaum, noted legal scholar and novelist, will address issues relating to current national and global crises on March 3 at UC Riverside.

(February 19, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Legal scholar Thane Rosenbaum will discuss “The Decline of Ethical Standards, Moral Responsibility, and Spiritual Values in Modern America” at the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Humanities and Social Sciences Room 1500.

The lecture, which is sponsored by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5.

Rosenbaum is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law and director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham University, and has written on moral justice, ethics and the law.

“As a legal scholar, Rosenbaum tackles tough questions such as our longing for moral justice and human rights,” said Emory Elliott, distinguished professor of English and director of the Center for Ideas and Society. “He also takes a critical look at what our legal system does to the spirits of those who must come before the law, along with those who practice within it.”

Rosenbaum, a noted novelist, essayist and law professor, will address a wide range of issues having do to with current national and global crises, such as: how rampant greed could bring down Wall Street; how the irresponsibility of CEOs could lead to the collapse of major U.S. industries, accounting firms and regulatory agencies; and how national leaders could ignore blatant irregularities and refuse to come together for the good of the country.

He is the author of the novels “The Golems of Gotham,” which was a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Book; “Second Hand Smoke,” which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award; and “Elijah Visible,” which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction.

Rosenbaum also wrote “The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to do What’s Right,” which deals, in part, with matters such as post-atrocity legal and moral resolutions, and “Law Lit, from Atticus Finch to ‘The Practice’: A Collection of Great Writing about the Law.”

His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Forward.

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