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Institute Programs



The Ethics Institute sponsors programming in four general areas:

  • programs for Dartmouth students
  • faculty
  • external faculty and researchers,
  • and the general public  

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Dartmouth Students

Ethics Minor

The Ethics Minor consists of a total of 6 courses: 2 required introductory courses, three other courses forming a coherent "cluster" or focus of interest, and a senior culminating project.

Proposal and Required Courses

Meet our Minor Students!

Ethics Minor Presentations Luncheon, May 20, 2014, 12-1:30, Ethics Institute Conference Room

Dartmouth Ethics Society

The 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl will take place December 6 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  The Dartmouth Ethics Bowl team will compete for spots on the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team. The National competition is held in conjunction with the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics Conference in February. Learn more>>

Read how Svati Narula '13 has applied her Ethics Bowl experience out in the real world.  "I'm working at The Atlantic this year and recently wrote an article relating to one of our Ethics Bowl cases from last fall. Check it out! I actually opened up the Ethics Bowl case packet to find one of my sources, Jim Thatcher, for this story!"_Svati Narula '13

Mediation at Dartmouth (M@D) co-sponsored by the Dean of the College.

On campus, the group works to achieve peaceful compromise between conflicting parties by providing peer mediation services.  Learn more>>

Spring M@Dness event, April 27, 2014, 12-3, Location: Haldeman 125.

Dartmouth Mock Trial Society

The Dartmouth Mock Trial Society interprets, formulates, and argues a legal case from a given fact pattern.  Every year, the American Mock Trial Association releases a fictional case that we must find a way to argue from both the defense and prosecution standpoint. Mock Trial competitions consist of presenting a complete legal case, including opening statements, closing arguments, and three witness testimonies per side. Each element of the case is scored by judges.Mock Trial Team, 2014

The Dartmouth Mock Trial Society participated in a competition at St. Anselm College February 1 and 2.  Learn more>>








Residential Life Herbifloor (Professor Donovan, advisor)

Herbifloor will be a community centered around thinking critically about how what we eat, particularly when it is derived from animals, impacts the world around us. We plan to share plant-based meals together, discuss different topics pertaining to ethical eating, and conduct outreach to share what we discuss with the rest of campus. These topics include considering the ethical implications of eating animals, the environmental impact of the meat industry, the religious connections to the type of food people eat, the effects of being employed in the meat industry on workers, the ways in which people consider the ethics of what they eat in different cultures, and more. It is certainly not required to be a vegetarian in order to live on the floor—we're eager to meet anyone who has interest in thoughtful engagement with ethical and plant-based eating!

Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

Tucson desertStudent teams collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students compete with teams from various business colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility. Competition held in October, at the University of Arizona, Eller School of Management, in Tucson, AZ.



Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC)

The 2014 International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) is a competition in which teams of undergraduate or graduate students present the legal, financial, and ethical aspects of a case as well as their solution.  Competitions take place in Tucson, Arizona. The competition is held in conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association's Sponsoring Partner Forum.

Watch the winning 90 second presentation on YouTube.

The 2014 Business Ethics Case Competition will be held on May 7-9th, 2014, in Tucson, AZ.


Bioethics Bowl

The National Undergraduate Bioethics Bowl is held in conjunction with the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference (NUBC). Teams will discuss and debate their views on the given case studies. They will be judged by a group of eminent bioethicists for soundness of reasoning, focus on and sensitivity to ethically relevant factors, and deliberative thoughtfulness.  Learn more>>

Bioethics Bowl Team 2014

The Bioethics Through Film series allows students with interests in bioethics to get together for discussion and film events planned throughout the year.





Graduate Ethics Program

The Graduate Studies Office, in collaboration with the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth, has developed an institution-wide training program in the basics of professional ethics. This program is a requirement for all first-year Arts and Sciences graduate students. The Graduate Ethics Program has four components: an opening session during orientation, a graduate student ethics survey, and four small group discussions addressing focal topics during the first year of graduate school. Learn more>>


Dartmouth interns at the University of Miami


Winter term:  Internship program at the University of Miami School of Law - The Ethics Institute partnered with the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law to provide an intensive five-day seminar in applied ethics and the law. Professor Anthony Alfieri (University of Miami Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar) and Professor Aine Donovan worked with a select group of Dartmouth undergraduate students to explore issues of legal ethics, conflict resolution and community service.




Dartmouth Faculty

Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar - The Ethics Institute hosts faculty seminars that have as its goal the integration of ethics into research and teaching.

Faculty Working Groups

Ethics Through Film

External Faculty and Researchers

Visiting Scholar Program - The Ethics Institute provides a limited number of appointments for visiting scholars who wish to use the resources of the institute and the campus at large for a designated research project. Learn more>>

General Public

Public Lectures

Dorsett Fellowship-Lectures have included Roshi Joan Halifax, Anita Allen, and Temple Grandin. 

Inaugural Roger S. Aaron '64 TU'65 Distinguished Lecture on Ethics in Law and Business — October 8, 2014 Ken Feinberg, Learn more

Last Updated: 5/7/15