The first Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Lab seminar of the 2014-2015 academic year convened on September 9, 2014, and was led by the Center’s Director, Professor Lawrence Lessig. During this introductory seminar, Lessig laid the framework for his definition of institutional corruption, discussed some common terminology relevant to this definition, and presented participants of the Lab seminar with several examples of its occurrence.
Lessig opened the seminar by contrasting his definition of institutional corruption with that of Dennis Thompson’s earlier conception of the term.
Lawrence Lessig delivered the inaugural Berlin Family Lectures October 16 - November 13, 2014. In a series entitled "America: Compromised," Lessig explored the application of institutional corruption to a wide range of public institutions with the aim to establish both the distinctiveness of the conception and its particular relevance to modern American life. The conception of institutional corruption, he argues, shows the need for a different perspective on the idea of institutional ethics – on focused less on the behavior of good or bad souls, and more on the consequences of
Institutional corruption and the NSA: Edward Snowden will be interviewed (via videoconference) by Lawrence Lessig about the NSA in a time of war, and whether and how the agency has lost its way.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and all attendees must present a ticket at the door. Registration is full, but we are accepting registrations for our overflow room (Milstein West AB, Wasserstein Building), in which we will be showing a live stream of the event.
The first Edmond J. Safra Lab seminar of the 2011-12 academic year was led by Professor Lawrence Lessig. Participants discussed a chapter from Lessig’s book, “Republic, Lost”, and debated the distinctions between the degrees of influence that should (or should not) be of concern when considering the problem of institutional corruption.
Lessig opened the seminar with a brief description of “dependence” corruption as a subset of institutional corruption. Dependence corruption results from a general influence, which weakens the effectiveness of an institution, while also weakening
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics has had a long list of great souls offering their insight about ethics, philosophy, and the question of institutional corruption. With this event, we launch an occasional series drawing on people from the other side of that ethical line. The "In the Dock" series will, when appropriate and edifying, interview the guilty, not the innocent or aspirational.
Speaker:Lawrence Lessig, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School and Robert G. Kaiser, Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent, The Washington Post
Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, will interview Robert Kaiser, associate editor and senior correspondent at the Washington Post, about his two great books, So Much Damn Money
Harvard Book Store is glad to welcome Harvard law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG for a discussion of his new book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress.
In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress–and that our Republic has been lost.
Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence