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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?

By Salil Dudani on March 14, 2014

If two people are drowning, you can only save one, and one of them is your wife, are you permitted to save her? According to writer Larissa MacFarquhar, most would say yes. She pushes the scenario further: What if it’s a choice between saving five people or your wife? Twenty people? Twenty thousand? And what if your wife is a demented serial killer on the run? “At a certain point you will start to feel guilty,” Larissa MacFarquhar, a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, said during her March 6 talk titled “What is Family, What are Strangers?”

By Salil Dudani on February 28, 2014

On February 5, Art and Art History Professor Jan Krawitz’s film Perfect Strangers was screened in Annenberg Auditorium. The film follows kidney donor Eldona (Ellie) and kidney recipient Kathy over the course of four years as they navigate the complex ethical and emotional terrain of organ donation.

By Anne Evered on February 25, 2014

Imagine you are Kevin Spacey on the Netflix original series House of Cards. You play the ruthless Frank Underwood, who uses whatever means available to climb the political ladder. The show is extremely popular, largely because of your success at playing this character. At the same time though, you might wonder what kind of impact you are having by playing this character so convincingly. Are you somehow condoning the actions taken by Frank Underwood?

By Justin Tackett on February 21, 2014

The last time you finished a novel or short story, your emotions might have been stirred, your intellect exercised, or your curiosity disappointed. But were your morals improved? The relationship between literature and morality – and the proper role of both – has long engaged philosophers, critics and writers. But at a recent event hosted by the Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford humanities scholars said that while literature is capable of providing new perspectives and challenging our assumptions, imparting morality might not be one of its strong suits.

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