Milton J. Bennett has been invited to give a keynote speech at Sietar Italy Conference in Milan the 1st of february 2013 on
Intercultural Ethicality: Relativity and Commitment
After reviewing some issues of professional standards and professional ethics, this presentation addresses a question that is inherent in the work that interculturalists do: how can the idea of cultural relativity be reconciled with ethical commitment without retreating to an assumption of universal ethics? The term "ethicality" refers to how to think about ethical issues, not to any particular ethical position or standard. So the presentation is about how interculturalists might think about ethics in a way that 1) is compatible with the relativistic foundation of intercultural communication; 2) allows us to address important issues of human rights and justice; and 3) satisfies the need to ourselves act with integrity. The presentation will include but not be restricted to the work of William Perry and Lee Knefelkamp on developing ethical commitment, and it will explore how intercultural communication can provide a non-universalist approach to equity.