An international leader in the exploration of ethics, the Emory Center for Ethics is dedicated to exploring how ethical issues underlie the decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society.

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Scholars from across the university gather at the Center for Ethics to collaborate and study. Scholarship, conversation, and understanding are promoted through public programs, partnerships, and consultations with private and public community organizations. Emory’s renowned ethicists are committed to asking tough questions and developing strategies that enable individuals and organizations to put ethics into practice.

Art can be a powerful instrument for personal transformation because it not only functions as an invitation to explore the meaning of the art itself and the identity of the artist who created it, but art also invites us to explore who we are and what we believe. Because of this invitation, we may discover new modalities for our own existence, we may be challenged to interrogate some of our own beliefs, and ultimately we may be confronted with new ideas that broaden our own perspectives.

— Carlton Mackey 05T, Director, Ethics & the Arts Program
Associate Director, D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership


Key Priority

In 2O36, Graduate Studies in Ethics are Available to All

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As we’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the study of social and ethical challenges facing medicine and life sciences is continually evolving. Professionals and students dive deep into these challenges with rigorous interdisciplinary study in the Master of Arts in Bioethics program. We need to be able to recruit and provide scholarships to a more diverse student body, developing leaders to address the global ethical challenges to come.

Our graduates help advance the national conversation on important issues influencing public policy, scholarship, practice, and education in these fields. Funding for scholarships evens the playing field, enabling students to pursue careers aligned with their passions without worrying about overwhelming debt. The future of health care and the life sciences depend on our ability to financially support scholars learning how to address ongoing and emerging social and ethical challenges in these areas.

Key Priority

Training the Ethical Leaders of the Future

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In teaching the skills and knowledge of servant leadership, the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) is shaping future community leaders. Students live out ethical leadership in this sought-after summer internship program that benefits local nonprofits. The expertise they gain in real-world situations has lasting effects on Emory and wider society.

Increasing scholarship support will allow students from all backgrounds to participate in this important program regardless of financial situation, while providing Atlanta’s community organizations with skilled and talented support to further their missions.


Paul Root Wolpe P12

Director, Center for Ethics
Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics
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Key Priority

Expanding Access to Ethics Master’s Programs

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Making graduate ethics degree programs accessible to a wider population and educating more leaders in this complex field of study—in this, there is no gray area. To remain a leader, the Center for Ethics is developing a Master’s in Ethics, and growing our new 4+1 Master’s in Bioethics. In establishing a 4+1 dual-degree program, we provide Emory undergraduate students an accelerated path from their bachelor’s studies to their year studying for a master’s degree. And by engaging other educational institutions in this 4+1 program, we can provide greater access to a diverse body of students around the region.

Funding from 2O36 will allow us to expand these programs,addressing growing student demand, both at Emory and peer institutions in metro Atlanta. Not only do these programs offer students an extraordinary education and real-world experiences, they provide an important revenue stream for the Center for Ethics that supports research, teaching, service, and outreach.