LSU Ethics Institute

Ethics Institute

We aim to transform the study of ethics by supporting faculty and student research, to engage students and faculty across the University in meaningful conversations about ethics, and to inspire our students and our communities to practice and promote ethical leadership throughout their daily lives.

Current Work

Dr. Michael Berube 

The American Association of University Professors of Louisiana, the LSU A&M Faculty Senate, the Southern University Baton Rouge Faculty Senate, and the LSU A&M Ethics Institute proudly present Dr. Michael Berube.

Dr. Michael Berube is Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University.

"Challenges to Academic Freedom and Tenure" 

November 2nd 4:30-5:30pm. Open to all Louisiana higher-ed faculty. 

"Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, & Institutional Courage"

November 12th 10:00-12:00pm. Women's Center at LSU A&M. Workshop with box lunch to follow. Registration required.

Speakers: Robert Mann (Media and Public Affairs, LSU A&M), Daniel Tirrone (Political Science, LSU A&M, Lori Martin (African & African American Studies, LSU A&M), Michael Berube (English, Penn State).

Dr. Raff Donelson Lecture - "The Inherent Problem with Mass Incarceration.

The Ethics Institute, with support from the HSS Strategic Excellence Funds, The Eric Voegelin Institute, Ogden Honors College, and AAAS, are happy to announce an upcoming lecture from Dr. Raff Donelson.

Dr. Raff Donelson is an Associate Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a former LSU faculty member.  Dr. Donelson will deliver his lecture titled “The Inherent Problem with Mass Incarceration” on November 7th at 4:30pm at the French House Room 135. Link: Dr. Raff Donelson Lecture - The Inherent Problem with Mass Incarceration

Embedding Ethics in STEM @ LSU

The Board of Regents has awarded the Ethics Institute a $103,900 Departmental Enhancement Grant to focus on "Embedding Ethics in STEM @ LSU." This program will be implemented over the 2022-2023 academic year.

Annual Student Awards

This year, we were excited to honor our student award winners with a ceremony at the French House. Dr. Catherine Jacquet (History, WGSS) and Dr. Rosemary Peters-Hill (French Studies) hosted the event, with a virtual appearance by Ethics Institute Director Dr. Deborah Goldgaber (Philosophy, WGSS). Eighteen members of campus attended, including student award winners and their nominators. The event included a candle lighting to honor survivors of sexual assault, short speeches from the hosts, nominators, and awardees, and a short reception at the conclusion of the ceremony. Please visit our event page for more information.

'Boys State' Film Screening

The LSU Ethics Institute screened the award-winning documentary Boys State on Tuesday, February 15th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The screening and discussion was held both in person in Coates 143. Please visit our event page for more information.

'Speaking to the Mounds' Event Series

The LSU Ethics Institute is delighted to announce a two-part event series focused on the LSU Campus Mounds entitled, Speaking to the Mounds. It featured two films and two lectures, on Tuesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 28th, respectively, both from 5-7pm in Coates 143.

On October 26th, we screened director Katie Mathews' short film, Keepers of the Mounds  (2017) followed by director Sharon Linezo Hong’s My Louisiana Love (2012).

On October 28th, we hosted LSU Geography and Anthropology Professor Dr. Rebecca Saunders for a talk entitled “Mounds through time: Centering places for social change” and indigenous artist and activist Monique Verdin for a talk entitled “Mounds, Mysteries & Indigenous Memories in the Mississippi River Delta.”

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