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Carnegie Partnership

I. Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network Partnership

The Levan Institute was the first U.S. partner of the Carnegie Ethics Studio, a media venture proposed by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and currently is an institutional partner of 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:

  • Live streaming and videoconferences 
  • Class exercises, lesson plans, and faculty development
  • Joint lectures, symposiums, and conferences

Click here to see more about the Global Ethics Network

II. Global Ethics Fellows


The Global Ethics Fellows of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs met in November 2013 in New York City. Lyn Boyd-Judson, director of the Levan Institute and Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow, reported with Michael Ignatieff on his upcoming visit to USC and Los Angeles, "In Search of Global Ethic: Lessons From the Big Cities." 

III. Ethics Fellows for the Future

USC undergraduates Marissa Roy, Dornsife '14, and Amanda Schmitt, Dornsife '15, served as the Carnegie Council Ethics Fellows for the Future 2013. Amanda and Marissa presented their research with Levan director, Dr. Boyd-Judson, at the Global Ethics Fellows meeting in New York in November 2013.

The purpose of the Ethics Fellows for the Future program is to build the next generation of thinking about ethical issues in international affairs and to facilitate cooperation and dialogue between students from different regions of the world.

IV. Carnegie Council Round Table Events

Spring 2013 Levan/Carnegie Ethics Network Event
Roundtable: "Rethinking the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)"

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 the 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 discussed 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

Click here to watch the full discussion 

V. Ethics for a Connected World

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Carnegie Council is undertaking an ambitious three-year project called "Ethics for a Connected World." 

This project connects public intellectuals, business leaders, policymakers, religious leaders, students, and educators from across the globe to explore how shared ethical and moral values can be put into action to confront international challenges. It is led by the Carnegie Council Centennial chair, Michael Iganatieff

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.