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Institute for Ethics in Public Life

Creating Ethically Responsible Citizens

The Institute for Ethics in Public Life emerged in response to the college’s 1996 Strategic Plan, which included a central initiative on “Civic Responsibility.”

The purpose of this initiative is to cultivate in students the qualities of engaged, committed and ethically responsive citizenship. The institute is a key vehicle by which the college addresses this purpose. It does so primarily by providing fellowships for Plattsburgh faculty to spend a semester in residence at the Institute. While in residence, fellows are supported in developing the capabilities to integrate issues of ethics and civic responsibility into their teaching. Since the institute was established in 1999, fifty faculty members from twenty-four departments have been appointed as fellows.

In addition to the Fellows Program, the institute sponsors a variety of projects, including a project entitled Reexamining the Foundations of Civic Responsibility. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Institute for Ethics at Dartmouth College and was initially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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