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The Global Ethics Fellows Conference hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs brings together students from around the world to discuss global ethical challenges. Here, attendees participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the program held in New York Nov. 5 to 8. Photo by Amanda Schmitt.

Advocates for Ethics

December 19, 2013

When an earthquake and tsunami occurred in Futaba, Japan, in March 2011, there was a horrible ripple effect. Not only was the small coastal town devastated by the natural disaster, but the nearby Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear…

What makes you you? Panelists and audience members discuss what it means to find your authentic self during a recent event organized by USC Dornsife’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. 1994 © New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

Behind the Mask

November 30, 2011

When remembering Shakespeare’s words in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” most don’t consider that the play’s buffoon Polonius delivers the line. “In the context of the…

Mark Ridley-Thomas (Ph.D., religion, '89) is a Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Pillar of Empowerment

June 23, 2011

In 1968, Mark Ridley-Thomas was a seventh grader at George Washington Carver Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. At Victory Baptist Church near his school campus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often preached and…

Lauren Slak, a senior majoring in international relations and creative writing in USC College, teaches ethics to Manual Arts Senior High School students, with Richard Sidhom, a philosophy freshmen in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Teachable Moments

December 13, 2010

So the United States government wants to read your private e-mails and texts. Not too hypothetical after the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001 easing restrictions on intelligence gathering within the U.S. Is that 2G2BT…

Photo credit Jayson Kellogg.

Talking to Strangers

November 1, 2010

Yes, we can show you how to change the world, but what exactly do you want to change? If we are thoughtful and precise, the answer will of course differ from scientist, to philosopher, to policymaker. The question is both…

Lyn Boyd Judson, director of the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, housed in USC College, contemplates the sculpture, "Life," created by Junxian Poon. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Art of Ethics

January 27, 2010

Go ahead, gripe. It's not against the law or anything. But have you considered your negativity's impact on others? Constant exposure to a Debbie Downer or Bob Bummer can be like inhaling second hand smoke. It's repugnant, but…

University Professor Emeritus Stephen Toulmin, a renowned ethical philosopher in USC College, called for scholars to "come out of their self-imposed isolation and reenter the collective world of practical life and shared human problems." Photo courtesy of Donna Toulmin.

In Memoriam: Stephen E. Toulmin, 87

December 8, 2009

Stephen Edelston Toulmin, University Professor Emeritus and one of the most influential ethical philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, the Henry R. Luce Professor for the Center for…

USC College Philosopher Wins Prestigious Fellowship

USC College Philosopher Wins Prestigious Fellowship

May 1, 2006

Philosophers and lawmakers have long argued about whether killing someone is morally worse than letting a person die.It’s one thing not to save a drowning child. Another to force a child’s head under water. In…