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Everyday Ethics

Learn how ethics is part of our everyday lives by reading articles and stories that show ethical dilemmas are everywhere.

Ask an Ethicist: Lost property on campus

Tom Sowerby This happens to all of us. For days, sometimes weeks, we may see a forgotten umbrella or other lost item sitting in the back of a classroom or office. After some time, many of us wonder if we could simply take that lost property. Is it ethical to take the lost property?

Idioms of Ethical Life

Founding director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Nancy Tuana, welcomes Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt to the Idioms of Ethical Life Conference at Penn State. Recently, the Rock Ethics Institute welcomed distinguished philosophers for the Idioms of Ethical Life Conference. The conference, which took place from October 28 - 29, 2016, was held to honor Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt’s contributions to the field of continental philosophy. Dr. Schmidt has taught philosophy and comparative literature in a variety of institutions including Villanova, SUNY- Birmingham, the University of Rome, and Penn State. He was very actively involved at the Rock Ethics Institute before taking his current position as a professor of philosophy at Western Sydney University.

Why a fractured nation needs to remember King’s message of love

The 2016 election campaign was arguably the most divisive in a generation. And even after Donald Trump’s victory, people are struggling to understand what his presidency will mean for the country. This is especially true for many minority groups who were singled out during the election campaign and have since experienced discrimination and threats of violence.

Denver Tang receives best paper award at international conference

Denver Tang awardDenver Award Certificate Denver Tang, Rock Ethics Institute Postdoctoral Scholar, received the Best Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Science, Technology and Education Policy in Hangzhou, China.

Ask an Ethicist: Can I practice interviewing during an actual interview?

Cassie Rosas Interviewing can be stressful and a common way to help become better at interviewing is practice. But what happens when someone uses actual interviews with companies they have no interest in to just practice? Is it ethical to take away these interview slots to just practice or are there better ways to handle this situation?

4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference: Reconceptualizing Rural Contexts

Dr. Kimberly Pfeifer delivers a keynote address on mapping global food systemsFaculty and students participate in a Q&A session following a presentation On October 28th and 29th, 2016 Penn State’s Rural Sociology Graduate Association hosted the 4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference at Penn State’s University Park campus. The conference provided workshops, keynote presentations, paper sessions, and networking opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students from Penn State and other institutions. We are excited to announce that this year’s conference nearly doubled its previous attendance. We had over 75 people register, from 10 different schools and organizations, with representatives from more than 15 departments and programs across the Penn State campus.

Nancy Tuana receives PA IPL 2016 Visionary Award

Nancy Tuana receiving Visionary Award Nancy Tuana, founding director of the Rock Ethics Institute and DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, received the 2016 Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Visionary Award for her work with climate change ethics.

Environmental Justice

We Americans like to think of ourselves as an ethical people. For generations, our presidents have referred to America as the “shining city on a hill” and “the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” We pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for “liberty and justice for all.” That word “all” is key. If our lofty declarations are to have any meaning, then justice must be available for everyone, including the vulnerable and the oppressed.

2016 Stand Up awardees speak at ‘The Village at Penn State’

2016 Stand Up honorees The 2016 Stand Up honorees, Jaden Rankin-Wahlers, Alanna Kaiser and Nathan Larkin, spoke at ‘The Village at Penn State: State College Retirement Communities’ on Friday, October 21, 2016. The students presented on the topics of which they were honored last spring.