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

Rock Ethics Institute accepting applications for Faculty Fellows Program

by Whitney Chirdon Sep 28, 2017
Program provides funding allowing up to a two-course release from teaching to support ethics-related research projects.

Eduardo Mendieta publishes "Race Beyond the Black/White Binary" in On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis

by Whitney Chirdon Sep 26, 2017
Eduardo Mendieta publishes "Race Beyond the Black/White Binary" in On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis Eduardo Mendieta, professor of philosophy and associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, publishes a chapter on post-race and Latinos with philosopher George Yancy.

Ethicist Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to discuss morality of artificial intelligence

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 05, 2017
Ethicist Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to discuss morality of artificial intelligence Will computers make morally better decisions than humans? Can artificial intelligence improve on human moral judgments? The Rock Ethics Institute presents "Are Machines Taking Over? How to Build Moral Artificial Intelligence," Thursday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library.

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.