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

Come visit the Ethics Center's booth at Bronco Bash on August 27!

Don't miss the ethics in society lecture series.

Sign up for one of our book clubs.

News

Undergraduates interested in competing on the university's Ethics Bowl team should attend an information session at 6 p.m. September 4 in 2072 Moore Hall. For more information, contact Anna Kietzerow.

The Western Michigan Lyceum—a community outreach program run by the WMU Philosophy Department—was recently named the winner of a $1,000 grant from the American Philosophical Association (APA). The grant comes from the APA’s Berry Fund for Public Philosophy and was awarded to Ethics Center advisory board member Charlie Kurth (Associate Professor, Philosophy) and Adam Waggoner (M.A. student, Philosophy), who are heading up this year’s program June 25-29. The Lyceum is a free week-long philosophy summer camp for high school students in the Kalamazoo area. It is funded by the APA grant, the Philosophy Department, the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the WMU Graduate Student Association. Download poster.

WMU students are invited to enter the Ethics Center's essay contest. The theme is “Lying, Cheating, and the Consequences.” Submissions are due October 25. The top undergraduate paper and the top graduate paper will each receive a $500 award.

Listen to the Ethics Center's very first podcast! The center's graduate assistant, Taylor Koopman, hosts WMU philosopher Charlie Kurth, who talked about politicians and anxiety on March 12.

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.