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USC Levan Institute Director Lyn Boyd-Judson with students in front of the oldest door at the University of Oxford, where teaching has existed since 1096. From left, Boyd-Judson, Emmanuel Laboy, Andrew Molina, Mushfiqur Chowdhury, Anshuman Siripurapu, Marissa Roy, Alice Lee and Orli Robin. All are USC Dornsife students except Laboy of  Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Lyn Boyd-Judson.

Humanitarian Spring

May 1, 2014

Ensconced in a lecture room at the University of Oxford’s Merton College, seven USC Dornsife undergraduates gazed about them at the venerable oil paintings adorning the walls. Through the windows, they could look across…

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…

Ethics and the Environment

Ethics and the Environment

February 1, 2008

Philosopher and environmental expert Dale Jamieson brought with him a serious message about global warming during his recent visit to USC. Early in his appearance on campus, Jamieson declared that “the window for action…

What Do You Call 10 Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean?

What Do You Call 10 Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean?

April 1, 2007

Singing to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage,” Jonathan Shapiro warbled:   “Law and eth-ics, law and eth-ics — they go together like nurture and gen-e-tics.” Shapiro was a…

New Institute Created With $6M Gift

New Institute Created With $6M Gift

February 7, 2007

Norman Levan, a Trojan alumnus, professor emeritus and former chief of dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has given $6 million to his alma mater. His contribution – the first major gift supporting…