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Ethics Center Overview

Peacebuilding and the Arts Overview
Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts: Creative Approaches to Transformation of Conflict

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

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Programs in International Justice and Society: Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law

On Campus Overview
Brandeis Campus Programs: Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation at Brandeis

Ethics Center 1998-2008

Watch a movie that highlights the first 10 years of the Ethics Center (1998-2008).

20th anniversary panel

View our YouTube playlist featuring discussions, performances and celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Ethics Center (1998-2018).

About the Center


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, the Center supports programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts, which look beyond conflict resolution to the vision of a just and sustainable peace; and ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, which engages undergraduates across the United States in state-level legislative change.

The Center hosts two University-wide awards on behalf of the Office of the President: the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize and the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life.

In the fall of 2010, the MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX), formerly a part of the Center, moved to a new home: Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

In 2017 (and after 20 years), the Sorensen Fellowship concluded with the 2017 cohort of Sorensen Fellows. Read more about the conclusion of this program here.

In 2018, the Center celebrated its 20th anniversary! To watch videos of the 20th anniversary symposium, performances, and celebration, click here. You can also read a special report on our 10th anniversary (2008), which chronicles our history and shares impressions of people whose lives and work have been influenced by their association with the Center, here.


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.