Ethics presentations planned at CMU

A film screening and two presentations are planned as part of an ethics lecture series at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Events are set for 6 p.m. March  19, 20 and 21 in the Meyer Ballroom in the University Center. The events are free and open to the public.

The series is set to begin March 19 with a screening of “All the Queen’s Horses,” a documentary about an Illinois woman who embezzled $53 million from a small town and built a quarter horse breeding empire without anyone noticing.

On March 20, the series will feature Weston Smith, the former chief financial officer of HealthSouth. Smith will share his insider story of how compromises and competition led to $2.9 billion in fraud by HealthSouth executives.

On March 21, the series will feature and athlete and official formerly with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. Yuliya Stepanova, a middle-distance runner who helped expose state-sponsored doping in Russia and set off a global scandal ahead of the 2016 Olympics, and her husband, Vitaly Stepanov, will talk about their efforts and experiences in exposing what’s considered the largest institutional doping scandal in the history of sports.

The lecture series will be sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at CMU and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the CMU athletic department and CMU Student Center for the Public Trust. CMU joined 10 other universities in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in 2014. The initiative focuses on strengthening principle-based ethics education and fostering a higher standard of ethics.