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Hope House Scholars Program

The Center sponsors humanities courses at Hope House, a residential treatment facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

Undergraduate Honors Program

Interdisciplinary scholars developing a sophisticated understanding of the problems of social concern.

Ethics of Wealth

A series exploring the ethical questions at the heart of wealth.

The Buzz

The Center's news portal fueled by Stanford students interested in ethics.
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Upcoming Events

Thu 24 Apr
7:00pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014 At Law School, Room 290

Chrystia Freeland will discuss the status of plutocrats in North America today, who have never been richer or wielded

Thu 1 May
5:30pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014 At Law School, Room 290

The newspapers are filled with examples of ethical lapses on the part of elected officials, business leaders, and pro

Thu 8 May
5:30pm on Thursday, May 8, 2014 At Annenberg Auditorium

Noted performance artist Andrea Fraser explores the motivations—everything from prestige to financial investment to p

Fri 9 May
4:00pm on Friday, May 9, 2014 At Bing Studio
The Stanford Philharmonia will be performing Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins on Saturday, May 10, and t
Sat 10 May
7:30pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014 At Bing Concert Hall

Welcome to Ethics in Society

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and engagement. The major problems faced by our troubled globe -- extreme poverty, environmental sustainability, and international peace and security -- are not only technological in nature, but also moral. To that end, we develop initiatives with ethical dimensions that relate to important public problems and draw on the established strengths of interdisciplinary Stanford faculty.

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Recently from The Buzz

By The Buzz Staff on April 22, 2014

The event “Wealth, Philanthropy, and Inequality” on April 8, 2014, featured a conversation between Jeff Raikes and Rob Reich. Raikes is the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, and a member of Stanford’s Board of Trustees. This event was part of the Ethics of Wealth series. Here are some highlights from the conversation.

By Lily Lamboy on March 27, 2014

Honesty. Integrity. Fairness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humor. Grit. These all seem like great qualities. Any parent would feel lucky to have a child who tells the truth, treats others with consideration, displays a sense of humor, and works hard to overcome challenges. But do schools have a responsibility to instill these values in students?