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.

spring 2021 events

We hope you enjoyed our spring 2021 ethics in society lecture series. Check back for updated listings!

Our book clubs for spring 2021 are now full. Check back for our fall 2021 offerings!

Check the Ethics Center's social media for curated ethics content with a monthly theme!


Dursun Peksen, Dunavant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis, spoke on April 5, 2021, about “Political Effectiveness, Negative Externalities, and the Ethics of Economic Sanctions.” Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

Ethics Center advisory board member Fritz Allhoff was interviewed for the article "Unmasking the Stigma Surrounding Face Coverings."

Ethics Center advisory board member Charlie Kurth talked about the upside of pandemic-related anxiety in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Ethics Center Director Sandra Borden's case study, "Section 230 Showdown," was debated during opening rounds of the 2021 Virtual Michigan High School Ethics Bowl last fall. A2Ethics, an ethics organization based in Ann Arbor, runs the competition. Quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will take place in February to qualify for nationals.

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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