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 2022 events

We hope you will join us for our ethics in society lecture series in Fall 2022. Check back for updated listings! Check out our You Tube channel to catch up on events you missed or listen to them on our podcast, Life Is Better With Ethics.

Our book clubs for Spring 2022 have wrapped up. Stay tuned for our ethics reads in Fall 2022!


The Ethics Center's founding director and current director, Michael Pritchard and Sandra L. Borden, contributed to a special issue of the journal Teaching Ethics on The Ethics of Ethics Centers. Their article, "In Support of a 'Generalist' Orientation for an Ethics Center," appears in Volume 21, Issue 2.

The Ethics Center created a special podcast on What COVID Teaches Us to look at ethical issues at the intersection of COVID-19 and race. If you missed it on WIDR-FM, listen here!

Ethics Center board member Charlie Kurth's book Emotion was published in March 2022.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Ethics Center's former associate director and co-founder, Dr. Shirley Bach. The fund will pay for student awards for an essay contest in her name.

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We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples, and their continued presence.