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Graduate Ethics

The OpEd Project

The Center for Ethics in Society will partner with The OpEd Project again this year on November 6-7 to conduct a 1.5-day workshop for graduate students. Graduate students from all departments are welcome to apply although work should have an ethical dimension that students wish to highlight. The OpEd Project's mission is "to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world" by teaching students how to write for a wider audience outside of academia with the goal of publication in media outlets.

Applications are due OCTOBER 12, 5pm. Apply Now!


In 2014, workshop participants came from a wide variety of departments including Psychology, Earth Systems, Anthropology, Political Science, Comparative Literature, as well as schools such as the Graduate School of Education and Stanford School of Medicine:

"The most extraordinary part of The OpEd project is that it gives us permission to believe something that should be self-evident: that we have something to contribute to public discourse. And with that ability to contribute comes an obligation to do so. I'm completely fired up now after attending the workshop -- I already have a list of 11 ideas, and I'm almost done with the one I wrote during the workshop! The most surprising thing I learned was how accessible the writing format is, and how much desire and need there is for folks to write. Graduate students are always comparing themselves to area experts in their fields and therefore feeling like dunces in comparison, but the truth is we know a lot more than we give ourselves credit for. And the other participants were fantastic: engaged, passionate about social issues, generous and genuine with their feedback. I'm so grateful to the Center for providing me with the opportunity to work with The OpEd project, and I definitely plan to keep on writing!" -- Lily Lamboy, PhD Student, Department of Political Science 

"The OpEd project is a paradigm shift. It allowed me to grow from  a passive consumer of knowledge into an active contributor and creator. The instructor was able to combine warmth and patience with a willingness to apply pressure to my previously held ideas. I left the workshop ready to write and equipped with the tools to do so. Moreover, the privilege of attending an immersive seminar such as this with peers from diverse academic disciplines enhanced the entire experience. I'm am indebted to the Center for Ethics for collaborating with The OpEd project." -- Tej D. Azad, MD Student, Stanford University