Ethics Center

Established in 2006, the Center encourages reflection on a broad range of values issues, from social policy to professional challenges to interpersonal relations.

Initial efforts focused on the common values at the core of the academic enterprise: integrity and freedom, as well as the commitment to treat alternative views seriously.

Given the connections between faithful engagement in the academic process and the honest attempt to lead a good life, we view dedication to academic values as an essential element of the more general concern with ethical development.

Underlying the Center’s efforts is the desire to enhance an institutional environment in which each member of the community is encouraged to engage in the reflection required to clarify and to deepen the ethical commitments that must guide our actions.

Department News

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    Students in Professor Zeller’s RELG 335 “Religion and Food” course cooked and served a meal for students in Moore Hall. Students chose recipes from books read in class, including foods drawn from Judaism, African-American Christianity, and Hinduism.

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    Cathy Benton directs an ASIANetwork June 2014 program in India for liberal arts faculty preparing to include India in their teaching and research.
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    I graduated Lake Forest College back in 2011 with a double major in Religion and Politics. Funnily enough, my career path and interests pulled me into the financial world first as a Portfolio Manager running an equity fund and now as a Wealth Manager.
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    Three faculty members join the Dean of Students to present a panel discussion about the role of race in the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Judy Dozier, Jed Stone, Desmond Odugu and Rob Flot will present their ideas. Moderated by Lou Lombardi, director of the Ethics Center.
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    Panel discussion co-sponsored by the Ethics Center including an attorney from the Women’s Project at the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. Senior staff attorney Karen L. Daniel, Judy Royal and Erin Tropp will discuss their work at the Center and why over half of female exonerees were wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit. 
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