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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.

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Practical Tools to Fight Government Corruption

by Carla Miller

Early in my career as a federal prosecutor I discovered that corruption in government remains a serious problem in the U.S. and, as the Ethics Director for the City of Jacksonville, I’ve come to understand that temptations to use government offices for private ends are subtle and widespread. However, I believe research-based training and related tools can dramatically reduce government corruption and I’ve spent the last two decades searching for effective solutions and workable ideas that can make this a reality.

Tackling Politicization in Education - The Case of Pre-University Education in Armenia

by Mihaylo Milovanovitch

There is evidence that corruption is a persistent problem in Armenian education and that attempts to tackle it have so far led to less satisfactory results: in the perceptions of the Armenian public, education continues to be a sector particularly affected by the problem.

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