Past Events

  • 2017 Mar 23

    A Conversation with Kathleen O'Toole


    Emerson Hall, Room 210, Harvard Yard
    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Join us for a special and timely discussion with Chief Kathleen O'Toole, in conversation with Danielle Allen, on a range of topics such as codes of conduct for policing, core values of the profession, transparency and fairness in investigations of misconduct, and police reform efforts and challenges.

  • 2017 Feb 24

    Julie L. Rose Book Talk & Signing - "Ethics in Your World" Book Series


    Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MA 02138
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Harvard Book Store are pleased to welcome Julie L. Rose, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, for a discussion of Free Time.

    This is part of our speaker series, co-presented with the Harvard Book Store, featuring leading thinkers taking on tough problems that matter to us all.

  • 2017 Feb 23

    Public Lecture by Yuval Levin


    Emerson Hall, Room 210, Harvard Yard
    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Title: “In Pursuit of Solidarity in the Age of Trump”

    The 2016 election revealed deep divisions in our country, and a widespread alienation from our governing institutions. But it also suggested a growing desire for solidarity and unity. That desire can easily point in dangerous directions, in different ways on the Left and the Right, yet properly harnessed it might also point the way toward an era of political renewal. How can we distinguish the peril from the promise?

  • 2016 Nov 17

    Annual Kissel Lecture in Ethics by Rae Langton


    Emerson Hall, Room 210, Harvard Yard
    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    This lecture is named for the late Lester Kissel, a graduate of Harvard Law School and longtime benefactor of Harvard University's ethics programs and activities.

    Speaker: Professor Rae Langton

    Title: "Blocking as Counter-Speech"

  • 2016 Nov 07

    Symposium - "The Ethics of Early Embryo Research and the Future of the 14-Day Rule"


    Austin Hall North, Harvard Law School
    3:00pm to 6:00pm

    For over 35 years, the “14-Day Rule,” prohibiting in vitro experimentation on embryos beyond 14 days, has stood as an ethical line in the sand for embryo research around the world. Throughout the arc of the rule’s existence it has not been questioned, as scientists have been unable to grow embryos in vitro either up to, or beyond, 14 days; a practical limitation that served as a backstop to the ethical rule. However, in May of this year, labs in the U.S. and the U.K. were the first to report being able to sustain human embryos in vitro for up to 13 days.

  • 2016 Oct 27

    DEBATE: Is it okay to eat meat?


    Geological Museum Lecture Hall, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Is eating meat healthy or ethical? Watch the debate and decide for yourself!

    John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of The Good Food Institute, will debate together on the resolution, "Eating Meat is Neither Ethical Nor Healthy.” Bruce and John will take the affirmative and two Harvard debaters – Dhruva Bhat (2017), and Danny DuBois (2018) – will argue the negative. The event will be followed by a Q&A with John and Bruce.

  • 2016 Oct 21

    Keynote Address by Jeremy Waldron


    CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    10th Annual Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory
    Keynote: Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law
    Title:  "What Respect is Owed to Illusions about Immigration and Culture?"

    Registration & Details HERE