Events Archive

2014 Workshop in Applied Ethics

October, 03, 2014
to October 05, 2014
Northeastern University, Boston MA

The theme for the 4th Annual Workshop in Applied Ethics is Ethnography, Religion, and Ethics.

Thomas Scanlon, Harvard University, “What is Morality?”

April, 08, 2014
5:30pm - 7:00pm
135 Shillman Hall

T. M. Scanlon, the Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity at Harvard University, is one of the most important moral philosophers of the last fifty years. His development of contractualism, essentially a theory of “what we owe to each other,” has been widely influential in the fields of ethics, political philosophy, and social philosophy. Scanlon has published over 60 articles and chapters, and his books What We Owe to Each Other, Moral Dimensions, and the Difficulty of Tolerance have been hailed as seminal works in the fields of moral and political philosophy. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including the Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, and has served as the President of the American Philosophical Association as well as currently serving as a Fellow of both the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Climate Justice Teach-In: Race, Class, and the Anti-Ecological Logic of Capitalism

April, 05, 2014
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Northeastern University, West Village F, Room 20

The Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) is sponsoring a one day conference to explore the intersection of climate change and social justice. ClimateJusticeTeachIn_Flyer

Local Environmental Action 2014

March, 02, 2014
9:00 am - 5:20 pm

The Ethics Institute is co-sponsoring the Local Environmental Action Conference this year.

Upcoming Talk by Louise Bruyn, author of “She Walked for all of Us”

February, 19, 2014
12pm - 1:15pm
Northeastern University, 421 Snell Library

Please join the Ethics Institute for an inspiring talk by Louise Bruyn about her walk from Newton, MA to Washington DC in 1971 to protest the Vietnam War. Louise Bruyn Flyer

Annual Meeting for the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies

October, 27, 2013
Northeastern University, Boston

The meeting will take place from Sunday, October 27rth to Wednesday, October 30th and it will be held at the Northeastern University’s School of Law. More information will be forthcoming.

A Week for Peace with Emmanuel Jal

October, 21, 2013

Come join us from October 21-25, 2013 for Emmanuel Jal’s Week for Peace. Emmanuel Jal is an author, global hip-hop star, actor, and human rights activist who uses music to promote his “We Want Peace” campaign. Space is limited, and reservations are required so please visit to make a reservation and for more information.

Third Annual Workshop in Applied Ethics

September, 27, 2013
Northeastern University, Boston

This year’s theme is “Frontiers of Informed Consent.” The workshop will be held on campus from Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 28th. We are currently accepting paper submissions. Please see the workshop page for more information.

Department of Health Sciences Presentation

September, 11, 2013
11:00a - 12:00p
Northeastern University, 333 Curry Student Center

Dr. Timothy De Ver Dye is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist who specializes in applied public health, particularly within marginalized, isolated, and global populations, and with a content focus on social and cultural determinants of health.

“Brave New World: Judaism and Genetic Technologies” – Lecture by Louis Newman

April, 03, 2013
4:30 pm
315 Shillman Hall

A lecture given by Dr. Louis Newman entitled, “Brave New World: Judaism and Genetic Technologies” will be held by Northeastern University on April 3rd. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Talk by Elizabeth Bucar: “Pious Fashion: The Virtues of a Hijabi Fashionista”

February, 11, 2013
426 Renaissance Park

Elizabeth Bucar is an Associate Professor in the department of Religious Studies. This talk is part of the Humanities Center Works-in-Progress series.

Talk by Rory Smead: “Spite: the evolutionary puzzle of harmful social behavior”

December, 06, 2012
220 Behrakis

Talk by Serena Parekh: “Philosophical Issues around Refugees and Displacement”

December, 03, 2012
426 Renaissance Park

Serena Parekh is an Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion, College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Lunch will be provided.

Pioneers in Environmental Health and Justice

December, 03, 2012
Raytheon Amphitheater

Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute Launch Event to celebrate 50 years of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. 


“The Ethical Foundations of Buddhism”- Lama Migmar Tseten

November, 30, 2012
West Village H, Room 110

Professor Lee Jung of the Department of Philosophy will host an open class to anyone who wants to attend the lecture by Lama Migmar Tseten.

NU Artist and Pracitioner in Residence Program: Bill McKibben

November, 14, 2012

Author, educator, and environmental activist Bill McKibben will be visiting November 14-15 as part of Northeastern University’s Artist and Practitioner in Residence Program. The visit is sponsored by the Ethics Institute and the Humanities Center. Event details to be announced.

Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health

November, 01, 2012
1:00pm - 5:30pm

Join a gathering of leading scholars, health practitioners, and advocates for a discussion of what a human rights analysis has to offer to the dialogue about health outcomes in this country, and globally. For more information and registration, click here.

A Talk by Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis

November, 01, 2012
105 Shillman

“Setting High Standards of Integrity in Public Life- and Sticking to Them.”

Please read A Wallet-Sized Code of Ethics prior to attending.

The 2012 Workshop in Applied Philosophy

September, 28, 2012Northeastern University

This workshop will consider new theoretical research on the topic of global justice and the ethics of exclusion. Questions around inclusion and exclusion are increasingly central to discussions of global justice. For example, what norms or moral principles ought to be used to determine political membership? Read more…

Works in Progress Colloquium Series: Toxic Trespass: Science, Activism, and Policy Concerning Chemicals In Our Body

September, 24, 2012
from 12pm-1pm
426 Renaissance Park 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115

NASSP Annual Meeting

July, 26, 2012 Northeastern University

29th International Social Philosophy Conference
Sponsored by North American Society for Social Philosophy

Conference Theme:

Civic Virtues, Divided Societies, and Democratic Dilemmas
July 26 – July 28, 2012
Northeastern University
400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Read more…

Series on Environmental Activism and Movements

April, 09, 201210 Behrakis Center

Each Monday, the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative will be hosting talks by leaders in the environmental movement. For a list of events and an archive of past ones, click here.

Conference on Social Change and Markets

April, 02, 2012
8:15am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-4:00pm
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University

Northeastern Students4Giving will be hosting an open conference entitled, “From Mission to Market: A Conference on Funding Social Impact in the New Economy.” All students, faculty and staff are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Read more…

Series on Marine Toxicology, Pollution and Public Health

March, 30, 2012
The event starts March 26th until the 30th.

Susan Shaw, marine toxicologist, author, ocean advocate, and founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, will be hosting a series on a variety of topics intersecting environmental pollutants and public health. For a list of events and their respective dates, click here.

Talk on Illness and Environmental Health

February, 27, 2012
10 Behrakis Center, Located on 30 Leon Street

Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University, will be presenting a guest lecture at Northeastern University as part of an open classroom with Professor Daniel Faber on contested illnesses and the future of the environmental health movement.

Read more…

Talk on Biotechnology, Policy, and Pedagogy

February, 21, 2012
32 Dockser Hall

Roberta Berry, J.D., Ph.D., will be leading a talk titled, “Contentious Policy Problems in Bioscience and Biotechnology: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy”. Read more…

Panel on Global Health and Human Rights

February, 16, 2012
250 Dockser Hall

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy presents an informal panel, “Global Health and Human Rights Research Projects.”

The panel will feature Audrey Chapman, Professor at the University of Connecticut, Lisa Forman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Director at the University of Toronto, and Ted Schrecker, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottowa.

Talk on Food, Ecology and Justice

February, 15, 2012
West Village F, Room 20

Frances Moore Lappé, in partnership with the Open Classroom Series on Food and American Society: An Urban Perspective, will be giving a talk titled, “Food, Ecology, Democracy, Justice: What We Eat Matters.”

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Global Justice Working Group

February, 15, 2012
326 Holmes

As part of the Global Justice Working Group series, Emily Cummins, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, will be presenting her work. Lunch will be provided.

Talk on Global Justice

February, 01, 2012
326 Holmes

Emily Cummins, a Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will be giving a talk in conjunction with the Global Justice Faculty Works-in-Progress Series. For more information on Dr. Passas’ work, click here.

Talk on Global Justice

January, 18, 2012
326 Holmes

Professor Nikos Passas of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will be giving a talk in conjunction with the Global Justice Faculty Works-in-Progress Series. For more information on Dr. Passas’ work, click here.

Talk on Governments and Justice

December, 14, 2011
145 South Bedford Street, Burlington Auditorium (1st floor), Burlington, MA

Stephen Nathanson, a Northeastern Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be giving a talk titled, “What are Governments For?” Read more…

Global Justice Work-in-Progress Series

December, 08, 2011
326 Holmes

Doreen Lee will be presenting a paper entitled ”Post-Authoritarian Art and Protest in Indonesia.”

Talk on Climate Change Economics and Policy

December, 01, 2011
335 Shillman Hall

Matthias Ruth will be giving a talk entitled, “The Myths of Climate Economics and Policy: From Global Imperatives to Regional Analysis and Action.” This presentation raises the following three interrelated questions: (1) What are the main characteristics of our choice set when developing responses to climate change?  (2) Are the co-benefits and co-costs of climate mitigation and adaptation considerable enough to shape investment and policy choices? (3) Which roles and responsibilities do local and regional decisions play in the broader national and international economic and climate policy context? Read more…

Talk on Economics and Justice

November, 13, 2011
Blackman Auditorium

The School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs in conjunction with several other organizations will be hosting the forum, “Teach in Sunday: Reclaiming Our Economy.” The event is open to the students, faculty, and the public. Read more…

Workshop on Rights, Advocacy and Mobilization

November, 03, 2011
240 Dockser Hall

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at the School of Law is pleased to announce the public sessions of the 2011 Economic and Social and Cultural Rights Institute, entitled, “Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Advocacy and Mobilization:Towards a Strategic Agenda in the United States.” Read more…

Talk on Climate Change and Species Preservation

October, 31, 2011
162 Meserve Hall

Ronald Sandler, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, will be presenting a talk titled, “Global Climate Change and the Ethics of Species Preservation” as a part of the Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series. Read more…

Talk on Global Justice

October, 26, 2011
12:00 - 1:30pm
326 Holmes

Please join us for a lunchtime discussion on conceptions of global justice, led by Stephen Nathanson (Professor of Philosophy).

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Talk on Markets and Reproduction

October, 05, 2011
12pm - 1:30pm
240 Dockser Hall

Adrienne Asch, Professor of Bioethics at Yeshiva University, will be presenting a talk “Should We Pay for Eggs, Sperm, & Wombs?” The presentation will explore the intersection among law, biotechnology and ethics. Read more…

2011 Workshop in Applied Philosophy

October, 02, 2011

The 2011 Northeastern University Workshop in Applied Philosophy will be held from September 30th – October 2nd at Northeastern University in Boston. The topic will be “Ethical issues in Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems.” Read more…

Talk on Climate Change Politics and Ethics

September, 30, 2011
12:00am - 1:30pm
220 Dockser Hall

Andrew Light, professor of philosophy at George Mason University and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, will be giving a presentation entitled, “The Moral Dimensions of Climate Diplomacy: From Carbon Caps to International Finance”. The talk will cover the ethical dimensions of climate change policy and their implications for climate politics and diplomacy. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Read more…