The Levan Institute is a partner of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in its multimedia initiative, the Global Ethics Network. This initiative provides a platform for educational institutions around the world to create and share interactive multimedia resources that explore the ethical dimensions of international affairs. It combines existing Carnegie Council resources with their partner institutions to ignite new ideas and foster lively debate on such subjects as human rights, conflict resolution and environmental stability.
The Global Ethics Network serves as a tool to increase dialogue and global conversation.
The Network's educational resources include:
Click here to see more about the Global Ethics Network
The Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs met November 8-10 in New York City. Lyn Boyd-Judson, director of the Levan Institute, and Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow chaired a panel on political will and responsibility. Dr. Boyd-Judson will chair a working a group over the next year on the ethics of global democratization.
The Levan Institute is the first U.S. partner of the Carnegie Ethics Studio, a new media venture proposed by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. The Carnegie Studios are located at affiliated institutions around the world, operate in partnership with the Council, and provide a multi-media venue for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Carnegie’s New York studio will bind its programming with the networked university partners through the changing landscape of the digital world.
The vision of the Ethics Studio is a “global, interactive network sharing content and discourse” on international policy issues. Carnegie’s institutional partnerships around the world—from Taiwan to Australia to Egypt—will deliver content from the New York studio and add their own content for use by the other partner universities.
Programs will feature recognizable personalities discussing new ideas about human rights, economic fairness, the just use of force, and the resolution of conflicts. The initial program, established in the Fall of 2008, will result in podcasts, transcripts, teaching modules, and development of new curricula applying to three basic principles:
The Levan Institute will develop an undergraduate course in Ethics and Global Affairs to take advantage of this unique partnership. The course will incorporate discussions with students and professors in Tokyo, Taipei, Beirut, Cairo, and Canberra on issues of the day. Students will produce short videos on the weekly discussion topics that can be broadcast to partner universities to spur student discussion.
For example, the USC class may begin by watching a one-minute video made by a student from Taipei or Cairo giving his or her view on the environment, global terrorism, or the United Nations. Our USC class would then discuss and make a response video to be viewed by classrooms at these partner universities. Technically, USC has the capacity to hold a split screen discussion with eight global points simultaneously. The overriding vision is of a class that introduces USC students to alternative world views on ethics and global affairs.
Carnegie initially plans, as a test run in Spring 2009, to have each partner university host an in-house panel of professors to address what, in their opinion, are the five global ethical decisions facing our world. The panel will link to the international partners (professors and students) for real-time discussions. The podcast will be sent to Carnegie for editing into a thirty-minute format shown on their World in Focus program.
Spring 2013 Levan/Carnegie Ethics Network Event
Cosponsors: Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Jewish World Watch
The rise of human rights has transformed the way we think about the ethics of international relations. In the past decade, the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect has successfully entrenched a conditional understanding of state sovereignty that makes human rights the touchstone of sovereign rights. While there have been genuine advances, the current theory and practice of humanitarian intervention is at an unstable resting point in its development. How are ethical, philosophical, political and policy considerations impacted by developments in this doctrine? Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion.
Moderator: Steven Lamy, Vice-Dean and Professor of International Relations, USC Dornsife
Panelists: David Rodin, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow; Edwin Smith, Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations and Political Science, USC Gould School of Law; Lynn Ta, Human Rights lawyer, experience in Cambodia; Naama Haviv, Jewish World Watch, experience in Congo and Darfur; Rebecca Wertman, Undergraduate, School of International Relations, USC Dornsife
Wednesday, February 27, 10-11:20 AM, THH 201
Spring 2012 Levan/Carnegie Global Ethics Network Event
Roundtable: "How Do We Bring the Rule of Law to Places That Don't Have It?"
Cosponsors: Jewish World Watch, Blackstonians Pre-Law Honor Society, Dornsife Political Science Department, USC Center for Law and Philosophy, Unruh Institute of Politics, USC STAND: An Anti-Genocide Coalition, USC Journal of Law and Society, Armenian Students' Association
The rule of law is one of the most cherished governmental principles in dozens of countries around the world. Unfortunately, many nations lack this rule of law as a governing principle and thus tend to violate human rights and allow corruption to flourish.
In the first joint Levan Institute/Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network event, a diverse panel of experts considered important questions relating to the rule of law including: What factors are necessary to help bring the rule of law to places that don't have it? How can accountability be instituted and impunity ended in these states? What powers do judicial officials require in order for their rulings and orders to have the most impact?
Moderator: Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow
Panelists: Richard Dekmejian, Professor and Director, Political Science, USC Dornsife; Naama Haviv, Assistant Director, Jewish World Watch; David Ritchie, Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy at Mercer University, and Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow; Edwin Smith, Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations and Political Science, USC Gould School of Law
Living with Differences: International Student Photo Contest
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its first International Student Photography Contest. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World,a three-year global education project in celebration of the 2014 Carnegie Council Centennial.
The Centennial project connects people across the globe in joint pursuit of Andrew Carnegie's vision for global responsibility—what we call a "global ethic." Is there such a thing? If not, should we try to create one?
In a world with tremendous diversity of beliefs and cultures, how do we live together amicably? Carnegie Council believes that part of the answer lies in pluralism—the appreciation of diversity and differences, with recognition of and respect for shared values.
Students everywhere can take part in this project by submitting photography that depicts the concept of living harmoniously with differences.
The photography contest will be conducted via Carnegie Council's online Global Ethics Network, a social media platform for exploring the role of ethics in international affairs through multimedia resources.
All students of every nationality, from high school through graduate school, are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified.
PHOTO TOPIC: Pluralism: Living with Differences.
1st prize: $200 Amazon Gift Certificate
Two 2nd prizes: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
Click HERE for information on how to enter