Vol. 9 No. 2
October/November 2006

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Out of Control
Alcohol abuse and academic life at Emory

Use and Abuse

Select Recommendations from the President's Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs

"Faculty members generally are more aware of what’s going on with students than the rest of us are. They see the impact more closely in terms of class absences, emotional trauma because of assault, and grades suffering."

"In Italy someone who is out of control because of alcohol is considered the lowest of the low as far as bad public behavior is concerned. Drunkenness is disgusting. American youth are always associated with drunken behavior, and they go from drunken to destructive."

An Image of Ethics
The response of the human brain to moral conflict

Neuroethics and Moral Progress
Toward an understanding of ethics decisions

Emory Indicators: Research impact on neuroscience

Further Reading


Who is European?
One of the foremost discussions in Europe is the tactic of integration, which is approached very cautiously because integration is a one-way street, and this is part of the problem in Europe. In the United States in the sixties, we understood that the real issue is civil rights and equal opportunity. Events that have really helped shape European consciousness and woken them up to this whole issue were the murders of Pim Fortuyn and, two years later, filmmaker Theo van Gogh. They had an enormous effect in Europe as a whole, not just in Holland, in forming opinions of the Muslim community. Those murders had a much more direct emotional impact than the bomb attack in Madrid. I think it’s interesting that Europe doesn’t feel threatened by terrorism, they feel threatened by the Muslim minority. There are links between them, it’s clear, but I think that discussion has gone in a different direction in Europe than it’s gone in the United States. . . .

Overlaying these problems is the growing importance of Islam in the lives of many young people. Muslims in Europe are on average much younger than other Europeans. This is a critical issue. How can Islam be integrated into a democratic understanding of nationhood and a state of law? I’m personally very optimistic, but I think the majority must be ready to accept the minority.

—Deirdre Berger, Managing Director of the American Jewish Committee Berlin Office, and former correspondent for National Public Radio, from her talk, “The Changing Face of Europe: Who is European?,” Monday August 21, 2006

Rioting for Higher Education
This summer, Germany hosted the World Cup soccer tournament. We surprised ourselves to see how hospitable we are—how much [our visitors] loved Germany. Initially we were quite unaware of it. We thought, oh, the soccer championship, this is going to be difficult. But afterwards it was such a success. Everything worked out well; there were no riots. The only riots we actually had was demonstrations against a tuition increase by students in Frankfurt who blockaded traffic. [The increase] was unpopular. Actually, what they were unhappy about was a tuition of $600 per semester—$1,200 a year. That wouldn’t be anything to write home about in the United States, but it’s a huge issue in Germany. Why do the two countries have such a different approach to this? Why would the Americans not be upset by this at all? Why are Germans so upset?

—Manfred Nettekoven, Chancellor and Vice President of Finance of Hamburg University, Germany, from his talk, “The Role of Higher Education in Germany: Investment Versus Commodity,” Thursday, September 7, 2006