The Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society creates interdisciplinary opportunities for the University and Community to engage in public reflection about ethical issues.

Fall 2019 events

Don't miss the ethics in society lecture series.

Sign up for one of our book clubs.


WMU students are invited to enter the Ethics Center's essay contest. The theme is “Lying, Cheating, and the Consequences.” The deadline for graduate submissions has been extended until 11:59 p.m. December 1, 2019. The top undergraduate paper and the top graduate paper will each receive a $500 award.

Listen to the Ethics Center's latest podcast! The center's graduate assistant, Taylor Koopman, hosts WMU philosopher Ashley Atkins, who talks about race and the politics of loss on October 4.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Ethics Center's former associate director and co-founder, Dr. Shirley Bach. To donate to awards for an essay contest in her name, visit the giving page.