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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.

Environmental Justice

by Rob Peeler Oct 27, 2016
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’

by Rob Peeler Oct 27, 2016
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.

Rock research associate speaks at a United Nations co-sponsored conference

by Rob Peeler Oct 27, 2016
Human Cap panel at UN conference Yael Warshel, assistant professor of telecommunications and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, recently traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan to participate in a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs co-sponsored roundtable about refugees and internally displaced persons. Dr. Warshel spoke about "mobile literacy" or the non-formal education which these populations are acquiring  and the irony that those skills better benefit global sensibility.  

What is the PEECh project?

by Rob Peeler Oct 25, 2016
In a recent interview, Michael D. Burroughs, associate director at the Rock, sat down with Monica Janzen from "Engaged Philosophy: Civic Engagement in Philosophy Classes" to learn more about the project and what students can learn form this civic engagement. 

Rock Associate Director receives Authentic Leadership Award

by Rob Peeler Oct 25, 2016
Michael Burroughs and Charles Burford Michael D. Burroughs, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute, received the Authentic Leadership Award at the 21st Annual Values & Leadership conference held at Western University.  

Rock research associate to join IEEE General Principles committee on creating ethical autonomous systems

by Rob Peeler Oct 26, 2016
Alan Wagner headshot Alan R. Wagner, ethics core faculty member at the Rock Ethics Institute and assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was recently accepted onto The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) General Principles committee on creating ethical autonomous systems.

Ask an Ethicist: How important is empathy in the U.S. Presidential election?

by Rob Peeler Oct 18, 2016
Daryl Cameron headshot As Election Day nears, voters are debating the qualities that make for an effective leader. One of these contested qualities is empathy: the ability to understand and resonate with the experiences of others. Does it matter if a President can relate to you and care about what you are going through?

Ask an Ethicist: To stand or to sit for the national anthem

by Rob Peeler Sep 30, 2016
Josh Inwood headshot Expressions of patriotism can be important to the health of the nation and can serve as a rallying point for a diverse and multicultural nation. Equally important is the right to peaceful protest including the right to express opinions that some people might find antithetical to the nation. Recently this tension has come to the fore as athletes and other prominent public figures have begun silently protesting police abuses during the singing of the national anthem. This week’s column tackles this important issue.

Ask an Ethicist: What should I do if I encounter discrimination in the workplace?

by Rob Peeler Sep 23, 2016
Tom C. Hogan The workplace should be an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment. But what happens if you feel discriminated against or someone who is known to discriminate or regularly uses offensive speech is promoted. How should you deal with this and what resources do you have at your disposal? This week’s column aims to offer some advice on the subject.

Penn State welcomes three new ethics core faculty members

by Rob Peeler Sep 13, 2016
From left to right: Joshua F.J. Inwood, associate professor of geography; C. Daryl Cameron, assistant professor of psychology; Alan R. Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State welcomes three new core faculty members in ethical research: C. Daryl Cameron (Psychology), Joshua F.J. Inwood (Geography), and Alan R. Wagner (Aerospace Engineering). These faculty members will help strengthen an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators from across the University and they are committed to enhancing Penn State’s curriculum and research expertise in ethics.