Despite the pandemic, your Board has remained in contact and will soon be making plans for our 2021-2022 season. The theme of our 2020-2021 season has been the pandemic and the ethical conflicts it has created. We will continue to monitor the pandemic for the issues it presents, but assuming conditions improve, during 2021-2022 we will consider other topics of concern as well. Once the Board meets in the spring to plan our upcoming season, we will arrange for our agenda to be posted on our website.
The 2020-2021 season has been conducted entirely by Zoom. Our attendance has been good and our discussions have been excellent. As Howard Radest once said, our task has been to adapt our moral wisdom from the past to the world we are in and the world we create, and by zoom, that is what we have been doing (excuse the pun)! We can be satisfied with our success in this medium but can also look forward to the time, possibly as early as October, when we can reconvene in person.
On April 7 we will discuss the ethics of finance. We are pleased to announce that Paul Weismantel will be the presenter. The ethics of finance during the pandemic was in the news last year, when GameStop tried to keep its retail stores open by professing that they were essential businesses. More recently, GameStop shares soared unaccountably, due to online market manipulation. Paul studied the back room strategies as they unfolded and will discuss the ethical issues involved.
Our final meeting of the 2020-2021 season will be on May 5th. When we have it, we will announce the topic at our April meeting and on our website.
Gordon Haist, Director
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