Dr. Norman K. Swazo, Interim/Acting Dean and Professor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics, and Dr. Muhammad Haris, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, recently participated in a 2-day international workshop on “Professional Ethics in a Globalized World: Towards a Unified East-West Perspective.” The workshop was held on May 11-12 in Doha Qatar, sponsored by the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Society of Engineers, and organized by Dr. Hassan Bashir and Dr. Eyad Masad of Texas A&M Qatar and Dr. Basma Abdelgafar and Dr. Jasser Auda of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies.

Dr. Swazo delivered a plenary address entitled, “Defeasible Logic in Contemporary Bioethics: On the Relevance of both Casuistry and Islamic Ijtihad,” and served in a Roundtable discussion on the theme of “Ethical Considerations in the Internationalization of Western Higher Education.”

Dr. Haris presented a paper in a parallel session organized on the theme of “Border Crossings: Ethical Issues in a Globalized World.” His paper was entitled, “The Relevance of the Concept of Tragedy for Engineering Ethics.” Dr. Haris also served in a Roundtable discussion on the theme of “Curriculum Design Issues in Engineering Ethics.”