The Health, Science, & Ethics Pillar is the largest in the CENTER FOR ETHICS. We live in an era of the biomedicalization of life, where medical and biotechnological progress pose unprecedented ethical challenges. How should we negotiate the challenges medical technology has created in how we are born, treat our illnesses, and die? Who should guide us in the dilemmas posed by biotechnologies such as synthetic biology and genetics, our ability to micromanage our minds and moods with lifestyle drugs, or the integration of computer technologies into the human body? The Health, Science, & Ethics Pillar includes the Master of Arts in Bioethics, the Bioethics Consultation Program, The Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia, the Neuroethics Program, the Religion and Bioethics Initiative, Public Health Ethics, and teaching health and science ethics throughout the university.
Positive engagement in community life is a hallmark of responsible stewardship of our shared social and physical environments. Yet social and fiscal pressures have weakened many of the institutions that traditionally produced citizens dedicated to community service. The Citizenship & the Public Good Pillar is designed to develop programs to shape and educate future community leaders. The Pillar includes the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program, the Institute for Human Rights, the Environmental Health and Sustainability Initiatives, and the Ethics Minor. Citizenship & the Public Good programs collaborate with organizations such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights, CARE International, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and the GA Center for Nonprofits.
In a world of multi-national corporate commerce and the interdependency of international non-governmental organizations, corporate responsibility, reflective and intentional institutional service, and collaborative solutions to global problems become imperative. Corporations are focusing more closely on human rights, sustainability, community engagement, and other socially responsible approaches to their work. The ethical challenges are not simple; organizations must struggle with the needs of multiple stakeholders, regional social and cultural differences, and pressing economic and political realities. The Organizational & Corporate Ethics Pillar focuses on for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and includes collaboration with the Goizueta School of Business and Atlanta-based corporations and NGOs.
Artistic expressions are extremely effective vehicles for changing our perspectives on the world. Art can challenge a viewer to experience an ethical dilemma and explore its implications in new and creative ways. Most serious artists use their creations as vehicles to challenge the viewer’s comfortable truths. The Ethics & the Arts Pillar collaborates with arts organizations from the top fine art institutions in Atlanta to community-based arts organizations to engage in ethical reflection and conversation. Ethics & the Arts programming reaches large audiences and reflects both the use of the arts to promote ethical conversation and the examination of the ethics of artistic production and display.