Ethics Initiative

We are living through a century of unprecedented technological, economic, and social change. And each new development poses significant ethical questions that we must study and decisively respond to. The Notre Dame Ethics Initiative will establish Notre Dame as a premier global destination for the study of ethics, offering superb training for future generations of ethicists and moral leaders, a platform for engagement of the Catholic moral tradition with other modes of inquiry, and an opportunity to forge insights into some of the most significant ethical issues of our time.

The Ethics Initiative has made early and important strides in working with campus units to develop strategies to grow Notre Dame’s research infrastructure in foundational and applied ethics. These efforts include integrating the ND Tech Ethics Center and IBM-Ethics Lab under the Initiative, launching a $3M John Templeton Foundation grant to develop signature courses in human flourishing, and recruiting faculty from across the country for an interdisciplinary, residential research fellowship year focused on ethics and the good life.

The Ethics Initiative executive committee held a kickoff meeting in November 2023 to discuss goals, objectives, and future plans. With the help of Institutional Research, Innovation, and Strategy, the Ethics Initiative also led a multi-day retreat with the Department of Philosophy to identify hiring priorities in moral philosophy. It continues to convene a sub-area faculty committee focused on technology ethics, is collaborating with the Department of Sociology and the Keough School of Global Affairs on two new joint hires in applied ethics, and is coordinating with other departments, centers, and the graduate school to develop strategies to grow ethics-related research opportunities across campus.   

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University of Notre Dame to establish Jenkins Center for Virtue Ethics

The new Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Center for Virtue Ethics will be a signature element of the Notre Dame Ethics Initiative.

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Approximately 175 faculty and staff gathered to learn more about the ethics initiative

March Ethics Initiative event draws a big crowd

Approximately 175 members faculty, staff, students, and postdocs attended the Connect with the Ethics Initiative event on March 5 to learn more about this new University-wide endeavor.

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Executive Committee

  1. Meghan Sullivan 1

    Meghan Sullivan

    Director, Ethics Initiative

    Director, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study; Acting Director, Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center; Wilsey Family Collegiate Professor of Philosophy

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  2. Angie Appleby Purcell

    Angie Appleby Purcell

    Managing Director, Ethics Initiative and Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

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  3. Khaled Anatolios

    Khaled Anatolios

    Chair, Department of Theology; John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology

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  4. Scott Appleby

    Scott Appleby

    Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs; Professor of History

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  5. Nitesh Chawla

    Nitesh Chawla

    Director, Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society; Frank M. Freimann Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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  6. Martijn Cremers

    Martijn Cremers

    Martin J. Gillen Dean, Mendoza College of Business; Bernard J. Hank Professor, Department of Finance

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  7. David Go

    David Go

    Vice President and Associate Provost for Academic Strategy; Viola D. Hank Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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  8. Michael Hildreth

    Michael Hildreth

    Dean of the Graduate School; Associate Provost and Vice President for Graduate Studies; Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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  9. Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall

    Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts and Letters; Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; Associate Professor, Department of English

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  10. Sam Newlands

    Samuel Newlands

    Chair, Department of Philosophy; Carl E. Koch Professor of Philosophy

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  11. Clemens Sedmak

    Clemens Sedmak

    Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs

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