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Christopher Robichaud's Leadership Simulation: Patient Zero wins International Serious Play Gold Award

July 16, 2021

Leadership Simulation: Patient Zero won the International Serious Play Gold Award! Serious Play recognizes outstanding game-based learning in higher education, uniting creators across education, healthcare, government, and military sectors accelerating the field of game-based learning. 

Author, Christopher Robichaud, is the Director of Pedagogical Innovation and a Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Patient Zero models the tensions and tradeoffs required for...

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New Article from Frances M. Kamm in the Philosophers' Magazine

June 4, 2021

Long-time Center affiliate and Professor, Frances M. Kamm, has a new essay in The Philosopher's Magazine. The article, "Harms, Wrongs, and Meaning in a Pandemic," compares deaths from COVID-19 to those from U.S. wars in the twentieth century while examining the varying degress of harm done to those who have died. You can read the essay ...

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Community Profiles

Our new “Community Profiles” interview series highlights the longstanding members of our community at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Nien-hê Hsieh is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration and Joseph L. Rice, III Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School. He serves as Co-Director of Rapid Response Impact Initiatives at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and is a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and is a Faculty Advisory Committee member for the EJSCE. Prof. Nien-hê will serve as Acting Director of the EJSCE for the coming academic year, beginning on July 1, 2021. Nien-hê is a representative of the EJSCE community members who join our community forever.

We could think of no better person to interview to launch our new "Community Profiles" interview series. On June 17th, Communications Assistant Alexis Jimenez Maldonado sat down with Nien-hê to learn more about his history with the Center. 

The transcript of the interview has been edited for clarity.

Alexis Jimenez Maldonado: You have been a part of the center’s ecosystem since 1997 when you were a Grad fellow, followed by a faculty fellowship in 2007 and then as a faculty committee member in 2017. There seems to be something drawing you back every decade. What keeps bringing you back to the center?

Nien-hê Hsieh: You’ve probably heard this by now, but there’s sort of a longstanding joke among those of us who are long-time affiliates that basically the center keeps bringing us back because we still haven’t gotten it right—we are not yet sufficiently ethical.

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to come back to the center and to be here now as acting director. I guess ten years marks national inflection points and one’s academic career, so I think in some ways it reflects that rhythm. But more importantly, I’d say it shows how special of a place the center is. There really aren’t other places like it to do interdisciplinary work focused on ethics, from theory to practice.

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