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The Ethics Center sponsors lectures, conferences, and other educational activities that encourage individuals to reflect on their ethical responsibilities as individuals, citizens, members of informal groups, and participants in formal organizations. Topic may include the nature of a good life, the ethical treatment of others, setting norms for ethical behavior, or pursuing social and political justice. Areas of interest include bioethics, business, law, medicine, public policy, and others.

Upcoming

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs presents:

Virtual Faculty Seminar Series

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“The Road to Restorative Justice.”

November 6, 2020: 3:00 – 5:00 pm with virtual happy hour afterwards.

Register Here

Professor Sommers will give a brief talk followed by lively participant discussion.

 

 

Think and Do Lunch #3: Medicaid Expansion in Texas

laura-guerra-cardus-tx-2-150x150.jpgDr. Laura Guerra-Cardus

A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, Deputy Director for the Texas office of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Thursday, November 19, 12:00 (noon) – 12:50 pm.

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Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus serves as Deputy Director for the Texas office of the Children’s Defense Fund.

She leads CDF’s policy initiatives – including the #SickOfItTX grassroots campaign for healthcare coverage – and is a leading member of the Cover Texas Now and Children’s Healthcare Coverage coalitions which work with statewide partners to ensure that all Texas children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. Since 2008 the Coalitions have connected over a million additional children with health coverage. As part of her work, Laura oversees CDF-Texas work in a variety of policy issues including the wellbeing of immigrant children. In 2009, 2010 and 2014 Laura served as CDF-Texas’ Interim Director.

Laura is a graduate of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After graduating from medical school, Laura served as a Fellow in the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs – St. Louis. In 2013, Laura was awarded Rumbo’s Mujeres Destacadas award for her public service.​


Recent Events

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October 16 | 3 PM

Zoom Replay

Beyond Wealth-Care: Pandemic Dreams for a Just and Caring Future

The pandemic has opened our eyes for a moment to the “essential” nature of care and care-workers. It has also exposed the realities of the vast inadequacy of care in the United States: that existing care infrastructures are barely worthy of the name, that care workers suffer economic penalties for doing the work that they do and try to do, that caring exacerbates inequalities of class, race, and gender, and that those who give and receive care locally and globally and trans-nationally are treated inadequately.  During this pandemic, the depth of ongoing racial injustice also became apparent. Yet when the virus is finally controlled, will any of these insights remain or will they all be forgotten?  Can the pandemic have a transformative effect or will our collective insights be lost?

This paper argues that using care ethics as the moral and political framework allows us to see what is wrong with “wealth care” and how a more caring democracy can go beyond hand-wringing to addressing injustice in itself.

Joan C Tronto is professor emerita of political science at the University of Minnesota and the City University of New York.  A graduate of Oberlin College, she received her PhD from Princeton University.  She is the author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (1993) and Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality and Justice (2013), and Who Cares? How to Reshape a Democratic Politics (2015) and over fifty articles about care ethics. Her work has been translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Japanese, and Korean.  In 2015, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands and won the Brown Prize for Democracy.  She has served as a Fulbright Fellow in Bologna, Italy in 2007.   She currently resides in New York City.

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Navigating Media Literacy in 2020 & Beyond

Oct. 8 | Noon

Zoom Replay

 

Chrishelle Palay

Think and Do Lunch Series

Topic 2: Housing - Confronting Disparities, Creating Equity

Chrishelle Palay, HOME Coalition

October 2, 2020

Zoom Replay

Chrishelle Palay will discuss housing insecurity and how to increase housing equity and access in the Greather Houston area. Zoom participants will then have an opportunity to discuss these issues in virtual breakout rooms.

The Think and Do series is a virtual experiment in democracy where we bring together Houston area residents to learn and talk about important issues in our city, state, and country.

Housing Equity Resource Page


This event is sponsored by the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center at the Hobby School of Public Affairs and the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement.

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Think and Do Lunch Series

Topic 1: Voter Rights, Accessibility, and Suppression in Harris County

Raven Douglas, Move Texas

September 25, 2020

Zoom Replay

Raven Douglas will briefly discuss in an interview format the current status of voting in Harris County and accessibility and obstacles to voting. Zoom participants will then have an opportunity to discuss these issues among themselves in randomly assigned virtual breakout rooms. The session will end with participants coming back together to ask Ms. Douglas questions and information about further resources.

The Think and Do series is a virtual experiment in democracy where we bring together Houston area residents to learn and talk about important issues in our city, state, and country.

Voter Engagement Resource Page

This event is sponsored by the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center at the Hobby School of Public Affairs and the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement.