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

2020 Oct 08

10 Years On: Lessons from the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MPIOQkGCT06RDCsLZrIeAQ

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October 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of UN peacekeepers’ introduction of cholera to Haiti. The resulting epidemic has killed over 10,000 people and caused immeasurable losses in Haiti. The UN’s reluctance to accept responsibility and to remedy affected communities has also tested the...

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2020 Oct 09

Ethics in Your World with Mathias Risse

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Book Store Virtual Events

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome MATHIAS RISSE—Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, On Justice...

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Latest News

New Article from Frances Kamm

September 29, 2020
The lecture that Frances Kamm delivered in March 2019 has been published. "The Use and Abuse of the Trolley Problem: Self-Driving Cars, Medical Treatments, and the Distribution of Harm" can be found in AI and Ethics, edited by S. Matthew Liao (Oxford University Press, 2020).

New Dædalus Issue Witnessing Climate Change: Personal Narratives, Professional Expertise

September 22, 2020

CAMBRIDGE, MA — (See Dædalus online) The many and varied dangers of climate change propel scientists, doctors, public health experts, social scientists, lawyers, journalists, business consultants, and military officers to speak out from the vantage point of their specialized knowledge. We call them witnessing professionals. The Fall 2020 issue of Dædalus on “Witnessing Climate Change,” guest edited by Nancy...

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Seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow in race, genetics and ethics

September 15, 2020

We are seeking a key team member at the postdoctoral level for a new two-year project. This project will focus on how the concepts of population and ancestry are used across science and social science disciplines, and how they should be used. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a background in social science methodologies and a keen interest in the intersection of questions of race and justice to join this project. The successful candidate will work alongside a core team with expertise in genetics, ethics and bioethics, with input from a working group encompassing a wide...

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New Book from Former Fellow Clayton Peoples

September 14, 2020

Clayton Peoples's new book, "The Undermining of American Democracy: How Campaign Contributions Corrupt our System and Harm us All," is now available (Routledge, 2020). It is the culmination of many years of research on campaign finance and includes findings from studies conducted during his fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Some main contributions of the book are:

  • Provides definitive evidence that campaign contributions affect policy.
  • Shows that campaign contributions led to the Financial Crisis and the...
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