The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest. 

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Upcoming Events

2021 Oct 22

Ethics in Your World with Myisha Cherry

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Book Store Virtual Events

Myisha Cherry will discuss her new book, The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle, in conversation with Jason Reynolds.

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her research is primarily concerned with the role of emotions and attitudes in public life. Cherry’s books include UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justic" (Oxford University Press) and, co-edited with Owen Flanagan, The Moral Psychology of Anger (...

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New Podcast featuring Anna Lewis

August 25, 2021

Research Associate, Anna Lewis, sat down for an episode of The Genetics Podcast. The episode discusses the ethical questions that arise as more people get their DNA sequenced. 

Episode 67 "Dr Anna Lewis from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, on the biggest ethical questions in DNA sequencing and editing" can be listen to here.

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New Article from Natalie Kofler in the Boston Globe

August 25, 2021

Visting Fellow, Natalie Kofler, along with Seema Mohapatra and Françoise Baylis, have a new Op-Ed in The Boston Globe. The article, "Why cities like Boston shouldn’t follow New York’s lead on vaccination passports," details how vaccination passports could be onerous and cost-prohibitive while also causing concern for people of color. You can read the article ...

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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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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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