@HarvardEthics: Celebrating 30 Years at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (registration required)


Thu - Sat, May 4 to May 6, 5:00pm - 2:30pm


Various - Harvard University (free and open to public but registration required)

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University is turning 30! To mark this occasion, we are hosting a two-and-a-half-day celebration, @HarvardEthics: Celebrating 30 Years at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Keynote Lecture "In Defense of Spies?: Espionage in War"  by philosopher Cécile Fabre (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

Friday, May 5, 2017
9:30 - 10:00am             Registration

10:00 - 10:30am          Opening Remarks
10:30am - 12:00pm    Ethics & the End of Life
Ezekiel Emanuel and Frances Kamm will participate in a conversation, moderated by Arthur Applbaum, on dilemmas surrounding end-of-life care and decisions to prolong life through medical and technological advances.

12:00 - 1:00pm           Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45pm            Preparing for Public Office
Christopher Robichaud will be joined by Yuli Tamir, former Minister of Education in Israel, and Larry Lessig for a discussion of how one prepares for public office, and where preparation will inevitably fall short. An ethics simulation for the whole audience will follow the conversation.

2:45 - 3:00pm            Break

3:00 - 3:15pm            Recognition Ceremony

3:15 - 4:45pm            The Engaged University
Drew Faust, Dennis Thompson, and Elizabeth Kiss will join us for a discussion, moderated by Danielle Allen, about the role of universities in public life and some of the pressing ethical challenges facing universities today.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:30 - 10:00am          Registration

Concurrent Morning Panels:
10:00 - 11:30am        The Ethics of Economic Ordeals
Featuring Nir Eyal, Richard Zeckhauser, and Julie L. Rose; moderated by Anders Herlitz. Economic ordeals are, roughly, interventions that deliberately make access to products or services slightly harder, so as to "weed out" recipients who need them less or who are otherwise less likely to use them. This panel will explore the ethical dimensions of economic ordeals, particularly in the areas of health and development, where their usage is growing.

10:00 - 11:30am        Institutional Corruption: The Lab and its Legacy
Featuring Center alumni Brooke Williams, Sunita Sah, and Christopher Robertson: moderated by Larry Lessig. This panel will offer a cross-disciplinary exploration of research that started in the IC Lab and continues its mission across a range of fields, including journalism, medicine, government, and law.

12:00 - 1:00pm         Themed Lunch Discussions
Join fellow alumni and faculty affiliates of the Center for a conversation over lunch on a topic of keen interest to the Center during the past 30 years. Lunchtime topics include:
- Bioethics
- Diversity, Justice, and Democracy
- Institutional Corruption
- Global Justice
- Political Economy
- Ethics and the Professions

Afternoon Panel:
1:00 - 2:30pm           The Moral Psychology of Climate Change
Featuring Nancy Rosenblum, Eric Beerbohm, and Alison McQueen, this panel will discuss what moral and political philosophers have done and not done in thinking about this world historical threat.