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Dorsett Fellowship

2016 Dorsett Fellow: Joel Rosenthal, President of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Joan Halifax with the Dalai Lama

January 21, 2016
Dartmouth College, Haldeman 041

 Free and open to the public



Joel H. Rosenthal is president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University and chairman of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program in New York City.

During his tenure as president, Carnegie Council has developed its Ethics Studio producing multimedia programs for television, radio, and internet audiences worldwide. The Council has also established its Global Ethics Network of fellows located in two dozen countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East.

Carnegie Council’s national and international outreach is led by television broadcasts on MHz Networks (with access to over 40 million households), C-Span Book TV, and CUNY TV (reaching the entire New York City metro area). The Council’s flagship publication, Ethics & International Affairs journal, is published by Cambridge University Press. Its articles appear thousands of times on hundreds of university syllabi in more than 25 countries. 

As a scholar and teacher, Dr. Rosenthal focuses on ethics in U.S. foreign policy, with special emphasis on issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism. His first book, Righteous Realists (1991) is a study of Hans Morgenthau, George Kennan, and Reinhold Niebuhr, among other American realists. His edited volume Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader (Georgetown University Press; 3rd edition, co-edited by Christian Barry) is a compilation of essays from major figures in the field and is widely used in college and university courses.

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Description of the Dorsett Fellowship

The Dorsett Fellowship was established in 2001 when the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies, made a significant donation in honor of Burt Dorsett ’53, establishing an endowed fund. The purpose of the Dorsett fund is to honor the exemplary business career of Burt Dorsett by bringing practitioners of ethics (business leaders, physicians, engineers, etc.) and/or scholars of ethics to the Dartmouth campus. The Dorsett Fellows (listed below) have provided public lectures, conducted guest lectures in college courses, participated in faculty working groups, and spent time pursuing their own research while on campus.

Dorsett Fellows

Joan Halifax, Roshi, Winter 2014

Norman Daniels, Spring 2013 (Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health)

Anita Allen, Spring 2012 (the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania)

Kenneth Feinberg, Spring 2011 (attorney/author/Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001/Head of BP Claims Fund for 2010 gulf oil spill)

Tracy Kidder, Spring 2010 (Pulitzer Prize winning author)

Michael Beschloss, Fall 2008 (Presidential Historian, award-winning biographer)

Barbara Ehrenreich, Winter 2008 (author/investigative journalist)

Lee Bollinger, Fall 2005 (President of Columbia University)

Marcia Angell, Spring 2005 (Former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author)

Temple Grandin, Spring 2004 (animal rights activist, author)

Tom Chappell, Spring 2003 (founder and CEO of Tom’s of Maine)

Last Updated: 9/29/15