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The Emory Center for Ethics is dedicated to exploring how ethical issues underlie the decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society.

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Center for Ethics faculty are hard at work, weighing in on ethics guidance, providing comments on moral and ethical issues, and speaking to leaders around the country. Visit our COVID-19 ethics resources page for more info. 

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On Monday, October 26, Dr. Carol Anderson sat down with Dr. Carol Henderson to discuss both the history of voter suppression and the ongoing barriers that Black and Latino voters must overcome in the United States. Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy and Dr. Henderson is Emory's Chief Diversity Officer. Both women are powerhouses in their fields. With the 2020 election right around the corner, this is a must-see video!

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Co-created by Ethics & the Arts director Carlton Mackey, the new Emory Arts and Social Justice Fellows program partners six Emory faculty with six Atlanta artists whose work advances racial and social justice.

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Paul Root Wolpe speaks to WABE's Sam Whitehead on his podcast, Did You Wash Your Hands. Paul speaks to Sam about the medical ethics issues being raised by the pandemic. July 23 episode.

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We are working to create and maintain a just and equitable world - and we know a statement is not enough. Follow us here for our actions and updates.

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Center Events

November 9 and 10, 2020

Ethical Management of AI: A French-American Dialogue Virtual Symposium

Time:
8:45 am - 12:00 pm EST (Atlanta)
14h45 – 18h00 CET (France)

Location: Virtual Online

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A French-American dialogue on AI & privacy, trust, and human oversight in health and well-being

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Artificial intelligence (AI) models are now capable of collecting and analyzing enormously large datasets in ways that are challenging fundamental values embraced within Europe and the United States. Holding much promise in terms of increased productivity, efficiency, and quality time, AI programs and algorithms could function as an assistant, a peer, a manager, or even as a friend. Indeed, they might be so revolutionary that no one, regardless of whether they are consumers, citizens, patients, operators, or stakeholders, will remain unaffected.

The power of AI is such that it may jeopardize what it means to be human, whether people retain freedom of choice, and AI might reshape the relationship between humans and technology in society. The ethical issues emerging from AI are complex and quickly evolving. What follows is that identifying and implementing appropriate solutions can be difficult.

The approaches taken by France, the European Union and the United States to address these ethical issues are currently being defined and the governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximize the potential of AI and big data while mitigating potential ethical harms.

This event is organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Emory University Center for Ethics, the Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center , the University of Nantes “Droit et Changement Social”(Law and Social Change) Research Center and DataSanté Research Program, SKEMA Business School, and French Tech Raleigh – Research Triangle, with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.

October 29

Rothschild Lecture - Skin in the Game: American Jews, Whiteness, and the Contemporary Movement for Racial Justice

Time: 7:30 PM EST
Location: Live Online

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The 12th Annual Rothschild Lecture, hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, will feature a conversation between Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center and nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, and TIJS Judith London Evans Director Eric Goldstein, author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity.

Co-Sponsored by the Emory University: Department of Religion, Center for Ethics, Office of Spiritual & Religious Life, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hightower Fund, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

October 26

"An Interview with Dr. Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression" 

Time:4 - 5 PM EST
Location: Live Online

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"Voting is neither an obstacle course nor a privilage. It's a right."

Join us Monday, October 26 from 4 - 5 pm for a free digital engagement with Dr. Carol Anderson discussing voter suppression. Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.

Moderated by Dr. Carol Henderson, Chief Diversity Officer, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4 to 5:00 pm
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Dr. Ibram Kendi is a National Book Award Winner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. As a key voice in the conversation about race in America, Dr. Kendi asks each of us to address the systemic racial inequities and injustice in America by learning how to be an antiracist. At this special live webcast, Dr. Kendi will discuss what is required from us – self-awareness, self-criticism, self-examination – to lead to policy change and make the vision of a just society a shared reality.

We are privileged to have as our moderator DR. CAROL ANDERSON, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, a New York Times Bestseller.

The Emory University Center for Ethics recognizes the power of this moment in time and the call to action. This program is the inaugural event honoring Dr. James W. Fowler, the first full-time director of the Center for Ethics, who lived a life of scholarship, faith, service, and moral courage. The James Fowler Ethics Fund was created to honor Jim’s vision and engage others in continuing the work of the Center for Ethics to ignite moral imagination and courage through vital scholarship, engagement, and programs that lead to change. We invite your support for programs like this through the James Fowler Ethics Fund.

In the true spirit of Dr. Fowler’s vision of a just and moral society, we are delighted that our sister institutions join us in advancing equity, justice, and inclusion and work with us to build and sustain diverse learning communities:

Agnes Scott College – The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion

Georgia State University - Office of the Provost

Georgia Tech – Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kennesaw State University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mercer University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives