About the Center

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The mission of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life is to develop effective responses to conflict and injustice by offering innovative approaches to coexistence, strengthening the work of international courts, and encouraging ethical practice in civic and professional life.

In addition to overseeing the Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society and the Sorensen Fellowship, the Center supports programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts, which look beyond conflict resolution to the vision of a just and sustainable peace.

Note: In the fall of 2010, the Masters Program in Coexistence and Conflict and Coexistence International, formerly a part of the Center, moved to a new home: Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

For a special report on our 10th anniversary (1998 - 2008), which chronicles our history and shares impressions of people whose lives and work have been influenced by their association with the Center, click here.

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES 

An international focus
The Center is committed to exploring issues of ethics and social justice across the globe, sensitive to the nuances of cultural difference on moral questions. The Center's programs and activities are designed to place regional issues in their international context through the inclusion of participants around the world.

The public square
The Center explores significant questions that are contested in the public arenas of civic discourse, politics, community organization, professional life, and the arts.

Across the disciplines
Consideration of ethics and social justice belongs not only to the philosophers but to experts across the spectrum of the liberal arts. A hallmark of the work of the Center is the involvement of scholars and students from many parts of Brandeis University and other institutions.

A bridge between scholarship and practice
Enhancing dialogue between the worlds of the academy and the professions is a central aim of the Center. Events and activities sponsored by the Ethics Center involve scholars and practitioners working together.

The perspective of the arts
The Center operates under the conviction that the world's artists offer compelling visions and expressions of complex moral questions. Conferences and public activities integrate the perspective of artists with those of scholars and policy makers.

Connections to communities
Through joint activities, fellowships, and the Brandeis Seminars program, the Center is committed to developing partnerships between Brandeis University and community organizations to further the impact of the Center's work at a grassroots level.

Select one of the links to the left to learn more about the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.