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

Josh Inwood's "America's Birmingham Moment" editorial featured in The Globe Post

by Whitney Chirdon Aug 14, 2017
Josh Inwood, associate professor of geography and senior research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, and Derek H. Alderman, professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, wrote an editorial in response to the violence at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

Josh Inwood featured on NPR podcast

by Whitney Chirdon Aug 02, 2017
Josh Inwood, associate professor of geography and senior research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, was featured on a podcast about the debate around Confederate monuments in St. Louis.

Eduardo Mendieta publishes “Rorty and Post-Post-Truth” in the Los Angeles Review of Books

by Whitney Chirdon Aug 02, 2017
Eduardo Mendieta, professor of philosophy and associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, publishes article dissecting theories of truth in our contemporary political climate.

NSF grant supports research into geospatial intelligence during civil rights era

by Karissa Rodgers Jul 24, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During the civil rights movement, activist groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) used geography and geospatial intelligence to identify protest sites and to plan civil rights protests. A new $373,000 National Science Foundation grant is letting researchers dig into those geospatial tactics to see what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality and how the SNCC collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster its activist efforts.

Mellon Foundation maintains support for Rock Ethics Institute summer program

by Karissa Rodgers Jul 19, 2017
A three-year, $660,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the American Philosophical Association (APA) will enable the Rock Ethics Institute to continue offering the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) program until at least 2020. The Rock Ethics Institute, located administratively in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has offered the PIKSI program to undergraduates since 2006.

Undergraduates honored with Rock Ethics Institute 2017 Stand Up Award

by Rob Peeler May 17, 2017
2017 Penn State Stand Up student awardees, from left to right, Hayly Hoch, Alexis Scott and Brian Davis.Image: Heidi Lynne PhotographyPenn State student Brian Davis speaking at a campus rally he organized about the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting.  Penn State student Hayly Hoch on the Penn State Student Farm.mage: Gabrielle ManninoPenn State student Alexis Scott, with the Queer & Transgender People of Color student group, during Pride Week. The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State recently celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Stand Up Award by honoring Brian Anthony Davis, Hayly Hoch, and Alexis Scott. This award is presented to Penn State Undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief.

The Richard B. Lippin Lecture Series: Moral Development in the Context of Group Games

by Karissa Rodgers Apr 18, 2017
Carolyn Hildebrandt headshot On April 20, Dr. Carolyn Hildebrandt will discuss the comparative benefits of cooperative and competitive games, and the importance of allowing children to create and regulate their own games within democratic, constructivist classrooms.

TEDx Talk w/Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them

by Rob Peeler Apr 11, 2017
Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

Eleanor Brown joins faculty in Penn State Law, SIA, Rock Ethics Institute

by Karissa Rodgers Apr 11, 2017
Eleanor-Brown Headshot Eleanor Brown, a leading scholar of property, migration, globalization, development, and the law, will join the Penn State faculty, effective July 1, as a professor of law at Penn State Law, a professor of international affairs in the School of International Affairs (SIA), and a senior scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute.

Two Penn State Researchers named Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellows

by Rob Peeler Apr 07, 2017
Gary Adler, Jeff Catchmark, Martin Pietrucha, Rose Jolly, Amit Sharma The faculty fellows, Gary John Adler, Jr. and Martin T. Pietrucha, will help integrate curricular and research projects to advance the Rock Ethics Institute’s goal of integrating ethics throughout the Penn State curriculum.