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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COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Initiative

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The Edmond J. Safra Center at Harvard University has convened a rapid response initiative in response to the COVID-19 threat.

The initiative will bring scholarship to bear on the crisis by providing an avenue for swift dissemination of white papers focused on issues of ethics and governance (including of the economy), emerging from the effort to respond to the pandemic. This cross-disciplinary, rapid peer-review process aims to undo the disconnect among lawmakers, technical experts, bureaucracy, and the general public. White papers will engage topics of societal goals, education, the economy, the health system, the temporality of planning, triage in the justice system, volunteerism, and social solidarity. 

We share these materials broadly and publicly in the hopes of encouraging wide engagement in supporting our elected decision-makers in this urgent and difficult period of collective planning.

We are excited to hear your ideas too. If you have feedback or are interested in working on a white paper, please get in touch with series editors Danielle Allen (danielleallen@fas.harvard.edu) and Josh Simons (joshua_simons@g.harvard.edu).

Our first white paper, “Securing Justice, Health and Democracy against COVID-19,” was published on Friday, March 20. There is an accompanying op-ed in the Washington Post and a brief NPR conversation. Here are the links:

The white paper can be found here.

The Washington Post op-ed can be found here.

The NPR segment can be found here.

Please check our COVID-19 Response page for future white papers and associated publications from this working group. 

Upcoming Events

2020 Apr 16

Canceled - Civil Disagreement Series with Govind Persad and Paul Farmer

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

TBD

We have canceled all public lectures, workshops, conferences, and in-person events for the rest of the semester, due to Harvard's latest guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

We are working on alternative online-only presentations for this event if possible, and will communicate those details as they are settled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

2020 Apr 23

Canceled - Public Lecture with Laurence Ralph

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

TBD

We have canceled all public lectures, workshops, conferences, and in-person events for the rest of the semester, due to Harvard's latest guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

2020 May 01

POSTPONED - Educational Ethics: A Field-launching Conference

Fri - Sat, May 1 to May 2, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Gutman Conference Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

We regret to announce that we must postpone Educational Ethics: A Field-Launching Conference and the International Normative Case Study Workshop and Network Initiative until the 2020-2021 academic year, due to new coronavirus-related restrictions on travel and on large gatherings at Harvard. 

We are grateful to everyone who set aside time in their calendars to participate in this initiative, and we look forward to announcing the new dates...

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Meira Levinson and Bill Hanage on Ways Schools should Prepare for Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Many school districts are facing challenging decisions about how to prepare and respond to the novel coronavirus including whether to close and try distance learning. Harvard epidemiologist Bill Hanage and education ethicist Meira Levinson explore this public health crisis and its potential impact on schools and families in the latest episode of the Harvard EdCast, HGSE's weekly podcast.

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Kathleen Carroll to be Awarded the 2020 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

February 27, 2020

Advisory Council member Kathleen Carroll will be awarded the 2020 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by the Shorenstein Center. Congratulations, Kathleen, on this well-deserved honor!


About Kathleen Carroll and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

The Goldsmith Career Award is given for outstanding contributions to the field of journalism, and for work that has enriched political discourse. Past recipients of the Career Award include Gwen Ifill, Nicholas Kristof, Jorge Ramos, Martha Raddatz, Andrea Mitchell...

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