Edmond C. Safra Center for Ethics to convene thought leaders at 30th anniversary symposium

Edmond C. Safra Center for Ethics to convene thought leaders at 30th anniversary symposium

Cambridge, MA – Harvard University President Drew Faust and Provost Alan Garber will join Danielle Allen,Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and an array of Harvard faculty members, government officials, and leading political scientists at a symposium on May 4th, 2017 through May 6th, 2017. The symposium will honor the 30th anniversary of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and will feature panel discussions and forums focusing on the need for collaboration in formulating and interpreting the ethical principles that govern how we act, individually and institutionally.

I want to congratulate the entire Edmond J. Safra Center extended family on thirty years of truly extraordinary scholarship and advocacy, said Mrs. Lily Safra, Chairwoman of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, principal benefactor of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and Honorary Fellow of the Center. I know my husband Edmond would be so proud of how this remarkable institute has grown and flourished, and he would have been deeply grateful, as I am, for its ongoing mission: to protect the powerless and to defend the dignity of the voiceless. I am honored to be one of the Center’s many friends and supporters, and I look forward to many more celebrations in the years to come.

Welcoming remarks at the symposium will be delivered by Professor Danielle Allen and Provost Alan Garber on Friday, May 5th at 10:00 am in the Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South.

“With this conference, we hope to showcase all three dimensions of our work on ethics: research and philosophic inquiry around the most challenging questions, for instance the end of life; innovative pedagogy that seeks to equip young people to meet a high standard of ethical responsibility in their chosen careers, as in the panel on preparing for leadership; and thoughtful engagement on ethical matters with broad audiences outside the academy, hence the panel on engaged universities, said Professor Allen. The panel participants are drawn from our remarkable alumni and faculty ranks.”

The opening lecture, In Defense of Spies?: Espionage in War, will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 5:00 pm in Emerson Hall. The lecture will be delivered by University of Oxford Professor Cécile Fabre and will focus on the role of espionage in war.

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