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The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University is turning 30! To mark this occasion, we are hosting a two-and-a-half-day celebration, @HarvardEthics: Celebrating 30 Years at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics from Thursday to Saturday, May 4-6, 2017.
Title: "Reimagining Capitalism: Business, Purpose and the Big Problems"
As a world we face a number of “big problems” including accelerating environmental degradation and rising inequality. The private sector has traditionally treated these problems as externalities and relied on the public sector to address them. But governments around the world are finding it increasingly difficult to address them with any success. Could the private sector play a major role in addressing them? Would it make a difference if firms were “purpose driven”? What would purpose driven firms look like, in a world in which many managers believe that the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits? Would they be legal? Could they survive? Could they change the world?… Read more about Public Lecture by Rebecca Henderson
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.
Kathleen O'Toole was sworn in as Chief of the Seattle Police Department on June 23, 2014. Chief O'Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform strategies. In 2012, Ms. O’Toole completed a six-year term as… Read more about A Conversation with Kathleen O'Toole
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?
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. This development and other advances… Read more about Symposium - "The Ethics of Early Embryo Research and the Future of the 14-Day Rule"