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 2024 events

Check back in September for our lecture series. In the meantime, visit our You Tube channel to catch up on events you missed or listen to them on our podcast, Life Is Better With Ethics.

Registration opens August 29 for our book clubs in Fall 2024.

The Ethics Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024-25! We will be announcing a special series of events with our partners in September.


Students interested in representing WMU at the regional qualifier for the national Ethics Bowl championship should register for PHIL 3140 in Fall 2024. See flier.

The Ethics Center co-sponsored a workshop on journalism ethics with the Public Communication Department of the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, in June. Participants focused on how journalism can orient itself to the common good to promote flourishing in political communities. Listen to a podcast with the keynote speaker.

Paul Pancella, professor of physics at WMU, and Victoria Vuletich, founder of Ethics Squared in Grand Rapids, are stepping down from the Center's Advisory Board and stepping into their new roles as Center Affiliates. Center Affiliates, who are elected by the Center's Advisory Board, participate in the Center’s activities or demonstrate external commitments to promoting ethics in society.

The Ethics Center held a National Science Foundation-funded conference on Feb. 25 in Cincinnati exploring privilege in STEM research and research ethics training in cooperation with the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. An outcome of the conference is to generate a toolkit of best practices for participants and others to begin to use in training on research ethics that would improve the scientific environment. Participants contributed ideas regarding: strategies for dismantling privilege associated with widely used metrics for success in research; leveraging learning communities for developing allyships and advocating for institutional change; and designing research ethics training modules that center privilege.

Ethics Center Affiliates Dini Metro-Roland (with Dale Brown and Ann Miles) and Ashley Atkins have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

Ethics Center advisory board member Kathy Purnell has been appointed to the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Ethics Center's former associate director and co-founder, Dr. Shirley Bach.

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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.