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Through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, the Ethics Institute serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community.

Ethics Institute Happenings

Knowing Other People’s Stories: Empathy, Illness, and Identity

A talk by Arthur W. Frank, exploring storytelling as a practice that seeks to establish empathic relations by offering listeners a moral imagination of others’ worlds. Sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

Professor Arthur Frank

February 16th at 5:30pm

Lecture: Rockefeller Center, Room 003

Congratulations to our 2015 Aaron Scholars!

Rebecca Rowland

Reem Chamseddine

Nicole Collins

Jonathan Lu

Jonah Kelly

Joanne Nazareth

Carly Schnitzler

Michelle Martinez

Olivia Morrison


The Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics was established in 1982 by a group of faculty who recognized the primacy of ethics in a liberal arts education.  One of the founders, John Hennessey of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, wrote:

"Morality must be a persistent concern of all professions and all professional schools.  Indeed by definition one of the essential ingredients of a profession is the creation and use of an explicit set of ethics governing individual and collective behavior of the professionals in that field."

Those words, written in 1974, take on even greater significance today.  Considerations of ethics have existed within specific professions and within the curriculum of professional schools from their inception, but in recent years the complexity of this consideration has grown dramatically. Where the term "professional ethics" once signified little more than questions of personal etiquette, it has more recently come to involve pressing new questions of individual and group responsibility. The rapid pace of technological and social change in the fields of medicine, engineering, education, business and law have generated new social choices and responsibilities.

The Aaron Scholars have enthusiastically started a week-long seminar that explores the intersection of business, ethics and law.

  2015 Aaron Scholars


“Forgiveness is often misunderstood as an absolution of the act that was perpetrated, but that is not the goal,” says Aine Donovan, the director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute, in a Quartz opinion piece about the vital role of forgiveness in the process of healing.


Last Updated: 2/2/16