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KENAN SUMMER FELLOWS

What does it mean to live an ethical life?

Kenan Summer Fellows spend a summer exploring—in a variety of ways—the answers to the question: What does it mean to live an ethical life? A Summer Fellow might design a project at home or abroad, implement a community-based intervention, compose a musical, volunteer with an NGO, write a play, or curate an art exhibition. Summer experiences can and do provide a thoughtful, novel perspective of how to live an ethical life.

Between five and six fellows receive up to a $5,000 stipend and their faculty mentors will receive $500 to support their project.

Past Questions Have Included:

  • What is the place of integrity, sincerity, or steadfast truthfulness, in living an ethical life?
  • What are the qualities of character required to live an ethical life?
  • Does engaging in politics require compromising one’s ethical principles?
  • How do institutions nurture or impede people’s ability to lead more ethical lives?
  • What roles do or should normative principles play in shaping a specific public policy issue?
  • How should we define and balance our obligations of justice and care to fellow citizens, immigrants and refugees, human beings across the globe, and the injustices of the past?​
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Read Taylor Plett’s 2019 blog on young activists of the school strikes for climate change as modeled by Greta Thunberg.

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Read Alex Johnson’s 2019 blog on researching best practices for reporters to ethically interview vulnerable populations.

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Read Noah Bruess-Burgess’ 2019 blog on exploring what it means to live the Christian ethical life.

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Read Anna Kasradze’s 2019 blog about Russian literature and the ethics of accessing others’ subjective experiences.

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Read Lucas Lynn’s 2019 blog about defining what home truly is for American homeless communities.

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