The Ethics Center works to honor and build on the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, for whom the university is named, by sponsoring, co-sponsoring, supporting or contributing to several campus programs and initiatives with a social-justice focus. These include:
Academic Courses Supported by Ethics Center
- Advocacy for Policy Change – ENACT (LGLS 161B)
- Dance and Migration (CAST 110B)
- Project Design Practicum (CAST 189A)
- Provocative Art: Outside the Comfort Zone (CA 125A)
- Documenting Immigrant Experiences (CAST 170A)
- Ethics of Community Engagement Practicum (CAST 181B)
- Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST 150B)
- Transitional Justice: Global Justice and Societies in Transition (LGLS 129A)
Academic Programs Supported by Ethics Center
Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation. Launched in 2014 with the help of the Ethics Center.
Minor in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies. Ethics Center staff serve as instructors for this program, which explores the rich and diverse coexistence and conflict resolution fields.
Awards Programs Administered by Ethics Center
- Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf and Ari Hahn Peace Awards: Given annually to people who wish to work toward coexistence and peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts of many sorts. The awards are meant to enhance peace culture as it evolves in our society and elsewhere in the world.
- Davis Projects for Peace: An initiative that encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer after the award is granted.
The Ethics Center administers two awards programs for the Office of the President and Office of the Provost:
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize: Annually honors an individual who has made outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.
Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life: Recognizes individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation.
Campus Events Supported by Ethics Center
- "Black Lives Matter Under a New Presidency: What Lies Ahead?" February 17, 2021
DEIS Impact. The Ethics Center created and still supports this social-justice-themed festival that now operates under the auspices of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Ongoing events featuring prominent speakers and activists discussing issues of ethics and social justice and shaping responses to conflict throughout the world.