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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

April 28 at 4:30

Fake News

Panel Discussion: "Fake News in Perilous Times" The Ethics of Truth in Contemporary Discourse.  Location: Rockefeller Center, Room 001. Free and open to the public.

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Neal Katyal

May 10 at 4:30

2017 Aaron Fellow, Neal Katyal, '91, Lecture. Location: Haldeman 041.  Learn more

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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.


Executive Director Aine Donovan talks about how, at the behest of former Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the institute began working with local schools, focusing
on civic engagement. Read more at:

“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: 4/26/17