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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

Medicine, Humanities and Social Science Lecture with Paul Scherz, June 28 at 4:30 in Kemeny Hall, Room 008

"Grief, Death, and Longing in Stoic and Christian Ethics: Toward a Contemporary Art of Dying."  Paul Scherz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America.

Dorsett Fellowship Lecture Series: Free Speech on College Campuses

University of Chicago's Geoffrey Stone, September 14 at 4:30.  Learn more>>

Jelani Cobb, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, January 10 at 4:30.  Learn more>>

Robert C. Post, Professor of Law, Yale School of Law, April 12 at 4:30.  Learn more>>

Roger S. Aaron '64 TU'65 Distinguished Lecture on Ethics in Law and Business

Richard Painter
Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at University of Minnesota.

November 6, 2017 at 4:30


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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: 6/1/17