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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: Is it ethical to accept an internship offer from networking only?

by rjp218 Jan 16, 2017
Susan Knell Networking can sometimes help land an internship. But sometimes we may feel guilty because we don’t feel that we deserve the internship because of other factors, such as lower grades. Would it be unethical for you to accept an internship based on networking alone?

Rock Ethics Institute, Leonhard Center discusses ethics-across-the-curriculum program at national conference

by rjp218 Jan 16, 2017
Pictured: Eduardo Mendieta, Jeff Catchmark, Denver Tang, and Tom Litzinger The workshop, “Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers,” was held from January 10 – 12, 2017 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Eduardo Mendieta, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Jeffrey M. Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a Rock Ethics Institute faculty fellow, and Tom Litzinger, director of the Leonhard Center and professor of mechanical engineering, shared their ongoing development of an ethics-across-the-curriculum program for the undergraduate biological engineering major at Penn State. This project also seeks to create a model for implementing ethics-related curriculum changes that can be emulated in other engineering departments.

Eduardo Mendieta receives the Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award

by rjp218 Jan 12, 2017
Eduardo Mendieta headshot Eduardo Mendieta, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute and professor of philosophy, has been honored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association with the Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award. This award is for a young senior scholar or public intellectual of high repute and global impact whose contributions to areas of thought and institutional development are in the spirit of Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary humanism.

Rock affiliate faculty member Gabeba Baderoon name "Artist of the Month"

by rjp218 Jan 10, 2017
Gabeba Baderoon headshot “I like writing in my journals with a pen. The act of writing and the physical contact with pen and paper gives me inspiration,” says Gabeba Baderoon, a South African poet from the city of Cape Town who joined the departments of Women’s Studies and African and African American studies at Penn State as an assistant professor in July 2008. “I never thought I would be a poet until I came to Penn State in 1999.”

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute now accepting applications

Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

by rjp218 Dec 14, 2016
PIKSI 2017 Poster The online application for the 2017 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institutes is live! Check it out at and encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

Ask an Ethicist: Lost property on campus

by rjp218 Dec 05, 2016
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

by rjp218 Dec 01, 2016
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

by rjp218 Nov 16, 2016
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

by rjp218 Nov 08, 2016
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.