What do YOU owe the world?



What do YOU owe the world?

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Six months ago the CGSC Foundation and the Jewish Community Center were interested in a partnership and program around ethics. Once the discussions begain, Dr. Shannon French, the General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Chair in Ethics for the CGSC Foundation, was invited to join and help create a program called “What do YOU Owe the World?” In other words, as a citizen of the United States what are your responsibilities to the rest of the world?

Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad delivers remarks and introduces Dr. Shannon French at the ethics program Oct. 30 at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan.

Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad delivers remarks and introduces Dr. Shannon French at the ethics program Oct. 30 at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan.

On Oct. 30 the Jewish Community Center and the Foundation co-hosted the program and 62 people joined to not only hear Dr. French, but to also be involved in the roundtable discussions that followed. These thoughtful discussions included four topics: humanitarian aid, climate change, refuges, and military intervention. Each table had one topic and a facilitator who asked questions that Dr. French had written for each topic.

Dr. Shannon French, the CGSC Foundation's General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Chair in Ethics, kicks off her presentation at the JCC on Oct. 30.

Dr. Shannon French, the CGSC Foundation’s General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Chair in Ethics, kicks off her presentation at the JCC on Oct. 30.

The conversations were lively and engaging, but always polite and respectful. After the program many participants stayed afterward to continue the discussions and some asked if this type of programming could be an annual event.

One of the facilitators, Ashley Beard-Fosnow, Executive Director with American Public Square, stated, “This is one of the best run events I have attended. What an enjoyable evening.”

Many thanks to Jill Maidhof, the JCC’s director of Jewish Experiences, and JCC’s Public Relations Manager Ruth Bigus for being such great partners with the Foundation.

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