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Intentionally or not, everyone “does” ethics, oftentimes extraordinarily well.

All you have to do is wonder or argue about how to act, what lives to emulate or honor, or which obligations to embrace or ideals to pursue. Begun in 2010 in celebration of the Institute’s 15th anniversary, this series aims to engage faculty and students from across Duke’s campus in examining their research through the lens of ethics.

Good Question with Charlie Thompson

Charles Thompson

Often absent from the fiery national debate around immigration is our reliance on immigrant labor...

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ADRIANE LENTZ-SMITH

Is writing history an ethical enterprise? When writing about places and people in history, ethica...

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Malachi Hacohen

Why and how are religious and historical narratives relevant to modern challenges? History provid...

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CHARLES PIOT

What is ‘ethical development’ in today’s globalized world? Ethical development entails push...

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VALERIE ASHBY

How does diversity play a role in higher education? Thinking outside our comfort zones is critica...

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ALMA BLOUNT

How do we meet students’ eagerness for ethical leadership? First I ask students, “What is the...

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JAMES COLEMAN

What is the role of athletics in higher education?In many ways, it seems that we are living in th...

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THOMAS DEFRANTZ

What can we learn about ourselves and our world through dance?Dance movement has many definitions...

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SARA KATSANIS

How can DNA be a tool for human rights?Human rights injustices afflict many populations in the wo...

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GARY BENNETT

How can we provide solutions for patients battling obesity that don’t ask them to reject who th...

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ANITA LAYTON

How can math be used to keep us healthy and safe?We have all sorts of data at our fingertips – ...

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LAURENCE HELFER

How can we design legal institutions to resolve international problems?Many of today’s most pre...

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AARTHI VADDE

How can literary innovation help us make sense of a globalized world?More than ever, our everyday...

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STEPHEN VAISEY

How do you measure morality?One of the reasons people have difficulty explaining their moral worl...

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LUKE BRETHERTON

How do we build a common life in places characterized by deep religious and cultural diversity?Bu...

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MICHAELINE CRICHLOW

Who should have a right to the “commons” in a post-colonial world?Access to social, natural a...

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BETHANY HORSTMANN

Can we balance obligations to prosecute human traffickers and at the same time protect those who ...

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RECALIBRATING RISK

What makes for an ethical policy response to a crisis?When a crisis such as an oil spill, a finan...

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SHANA STAROBIN

What should we eat?Everyone eats. Some more than others. About 870 million people worldwide are c...

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CHAD LIU

Who counts as a refugee?In 1948, my then-fourteen-year-old grandfather, two great-uncles, and gre...

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DORIANE LAMBELET COLEMAN

Should healthy minor children be used as organ donors for their ill siblings?This question, popul...

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Ruth Grant

Why don’t incentives always work?Incentives—offers made to motivate particular actions—seem...

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Kieran Healy

Should there be a market in human organs?In the early 1970s, organ donation was an experimental t...

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William Darity, Jr.

How might social policies change as more Americans identify themselves as “multiracial”?Are m...

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Michael Valdez Moses

Can novels and films make us better people?The study of philosophy, history, the classics, and mo...

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Wayne Norman

Does competition bring out the worst in us?One of my favorite New Yorker carto...

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Victoria Szabo

What happens when we blur the line between what is virtual and what is real, and what are the dan...

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David Wong

There have been examples throughout history of “bad” people becoming “good,” such as with...

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Erika Weinthal

After a regional conflict, the management of natural resources is often in disarray. How can conf...

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Leela Prasad

How do people decide what is the right thing to do in any given situation?To answer this question...

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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

If a brain tumor leads a father to molest his daughter (an actual case), can he be held morally o...

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