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 2023 events

We hope you will join us for our ethics in society lecture series in Fall 2023. 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 Fall 2023 are in full swing!


The National Science Foundation has awarded the Ethics Center a $49,792 one-year grant to organize a conference in February focused on the role of privilege in research ethics in partnership with the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

The National Ethics Project recently spotlighted the Ethics Center's podcast Life is Better with Ethics as a form of outreach to encourage ethical reflection beyond the confines of academe.

Ethics Center Director Sandra L. Borden was selected for a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Spain in 2023-24.

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.