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Eugene P. Beard Fellowship in Ethics Names First Graduate Fellow

May 19, 2015

Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is pleased to announce the Eugene P. Beard Fellowship in Ethics, a new named fellowship made possible by a generous gift from Eugene P. Beard, founder of Westport Asset, Inc. and long-time supporter of the Center. The fellowship will support outstanding graduate students from any school within Harvard who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion.

In memoriam: Alan Wertheimer

April 13, 2015

Former Faculty Fellow Alan Wertheimer passed away on April 10th. Wertheimer was Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Vermont; he also served as a Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard from 1991 to 1993.


Latest Blog Posts

We Need to Protect the Whistleblowers Who Save Our Skins but Pay the Price

by Kate Kenny, reblogged from The Conversation


Approach with caution. Holly OcchipintiCC BY

The recent Francis Report into how poor care at Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust was allowed to happen was another lesson in just how valuable whistleblowers are to society. And yet as a society, we don’t seem to care that many struggle to survive.

“The Rise of ‘The Rest’”: Understanding Institutional Corruption in the Context of Emerging Market Economies

by Jacob Park

The phrase “the rise of ‘the rest,’” is borrowed from the title of a 2001 book1 by the late Alice Amsden, Professor of Political Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is also used by Fareed Zakaria in the 2009 paperback edition2 of his 2008 book of a similar title.

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