Spotlight on Ethics

Spotlight on Ethics is a regular showcase of innovative ethics programming. Our most recent spotlight is highlighted on the right, and an archive of previous spotlights can be found below.

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After School Ethics for All Ages

Learning the fundamentals of utilitarian theory, Kantian theory, and virtue ethics might seem like your average college course, but in South Carolina, 6th graders can learn  these same lessons in ethics and reasoning! Through an innovative after school program, The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at Coastal Carolina University connects middle school students with philosophy undergraduates to expand the ethical horizons of both while connecting the local community.

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An Ethics Conference for Undergrads, by Undergrads

The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at Washington and Lee University (W&L) is concerned with advancing dialogue, teaching, and research on  ethical issues. While the Mudd Center implements curricula and hosts public events for each of the university’s schools, its unique contribution is the annual Undergraduate Ethics Conference–the only conference of its kind in the country dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues.

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Reproductive Rights and Interdisciplinary Ethics

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities maintains a strong commitment to addressing issues in clinical practice and biomedical research from the perspectives of ethics and law. Through a yearly Reproductive Ethics Conference, they have taken on the charge of championing reproductive rights.

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Reframing the Ethics of Climate Change

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois Institute of Technology was founded in 1976 originally focusing on ethics in the professions. Recently, the Center launched a new project, Climate Change & Ethics, that questions our ethical assumptions around climate justice by bringing scholars and activists together to investigate the presuppositions in the current climate change debate.

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Ethics Center Protects Democracy in Battleground State

Misinformation can acquire power through repetition, creating an illusion of truth. Such dangers lead the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics in their three-prong approach to spreading the truth this election season.

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Ohio State University Creates Ethics Circles

“People don’t always know how to talk about ethics,” said Piers Turner, the Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) at Ohio State University. “But there is a hankering for ethics once they look at it with something that interests them.”

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JMU Ponders Eight Key Questions

When a university makes teaching ethical reasoning skills a ten-year project, people notice.

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Growing Ethics Across the Curriculum

Elaine Englehardt was an instructor at the Utah Technical College in 1986 when she designed the first grant-funded Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) program. The National Endowment for the Humanities agreed that a required course in ethics might help the 1,700 vocationally minded students to examine their own lives.

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Marian University Leadership Prioritizes Ethics

Marian University Indianapolis, prides itself on transformational leadership. So, it was no surprise that duties for the new Semler Endowed Chair in Ethics include providing expert consultation on ethics issues faced by the university itself.

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