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May 16 2017 | Abbee Cox
Think about the last movie you saw. Was the main character African-American? Were any of the characters? What about the last five movies you’ve seen? This imbalance has always bothered Professor James Forman, Jr., who knew that when he wrote his own book, black characters would be central to the...
May 12 2017 | Sara Button
During his introduction for Refugees Welcome, Ethics Center Faculty Director Rob Reich gave the audience a few numbers to mull over: By the end of 2016, the US had admitted 13,000 Syrian refugees. The population of the United States is roughly 325 million. By the end of 2016, Canada...
May 5 2017 | Sara Button
On Thursday, April 20 we convened again for the second round of Tanner lectures (check out Lecture One if you haven’t yet), and that night’s focus was on “Virtue and Experience.” Professor Richard Kraut, philosophy professor at Northwestern University, tackled two main ideas: the good in being a...
May 5 2017 | Jennifer Fei
Since a word like “humanitarian” is used so often throughout a service-minded institution like Stanford University, it is crucial to examine and contemplate its concrete meaning. Participation in humanitarian action should consider and grapple with related ethical questions and dilemmas. Too often...
May 4 2017 | Sara Button
At some point or another, most people have played the game “Would You Rather?” It’s simple enough: think of two situations (usually neither is enticing), then force your fellow player to choose. As kids, the questions might be something like, “Would you rather eat a handful of live beetles or let...

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