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Graduate Ethics

Graduate Ethics

Each year graduate students and Postdocs associated with the Ethics Center go on a weekend retreat. In 2013, they visited  Moss Landing State Beach.

Stanford graduate students contribute to the interdisciplinary and lively intellectual community at the Center. The Center for Ethics in Society engages graduate students in a variety of ways.

Graduate Ethics Initiatives

SGSI: Research Ethics course

The Center for Ethics in Society will offer a Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) course for summer 2015, "Ethics & Research: Practices, Problems, and Principles." The class wil run from September 8-11, 2015. Learn more.

Graduate Student Fellowships

We will offer a fellowship program for 2015-16 that is open to graduate students across the university. Organized around the theme of "ethical frictions," the fellowship will bring faculty and students from different disciplines into conversation about ethical questions in the context of institutional and social constraints. Applications for this fellowship will open in June 2015. Learn more.

OpEd Project

This past fall (November 7-8, 2014), the Center for Ethics hosted a one and a half day training session for graduate students with the OpEd Project. The OpEd Project's mission is to "increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world." The training was meant to help graduate students learn to write for a broader audience and get their work published in media outlets.

Ongoing Opportunities

Ethics Reading Group

Once a week, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty meet to informally discuss papers in moral, ethical, and political philosophy. Without the barriers of a formal seminar, and with free pizza and beer, participants sort through issues and engage with material candidly. This academic year, the reading group was hosted by Philosophy Professor Jorah Dannenberg. Please contact Prof. Dannenberg ( to learn more and get involved.

Dirty Leviathan Retreat

The annual Dirty Leviathan Retreat brings together PhD students and postdocs from across the university who are interested in political theory.