FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.
FASPE Business begins by analyzing the decisions, actions and impact of German business people and German businesses in enabling Nazi policies. The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing business and business people can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Business Fellows both to grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their broad communities and to confront the ethical issues that currently face business people. By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful and personal way.