Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Hackworth Research Grant Winners, Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 Hackworth Grant awards went to:

Student Grants

Anisha Agarwal, Psychology, '15, $500 for research for her senior capstone project "Bilingual Storytimes: A Cross-Cultural and Cross-Linguistic Examination." Anisha will be attending and comparing community storytimes in English and Spanish throughout the Bay Area to see if there are trends in how monolingual and bilingual storytimes are similar or different. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion contributed to this grant.

Faculty Grants

James Bennett, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, $4471.20 for his book chapter project "The Deprogramming Dilemma." This project examines the ethical issues at stake in the practice of "deprogramming," which forcibly removes individuals from cults and attempts to convince them not to go back. The ethical questions on deprogramming revolve around questions of human agency and freedom of conscience.

Stephen Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, $4000 for the film project "An Extended Family." This grant will assist the production of a film considering "how ten moms, one dad, eight children and one sperm donor are re-imagining family."

Michael Meyer, Professor, Department of Philosophy, $1500 for the project "Good Humor: Comedy and Happiness at the Movies." This project will consider the diverse kinds of happiness found in various movies, and will investigate particularly how comedies can speak to the ethical side of happiness. The grant will pay for student labor and materials to assist the writing of an article and facilitate improvements of two courses.

Peter Rozic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, $3000 for the project "Introducing the Lustration Index: The First Comprehensive Measure of Post-Communist Transitional Justice." This project reviews how far new governments go in their lustration laws, which restrict the government participation of the members of former regimes, and produces and index which quantifies how various nations have approached this problem.

Bruno Ruviaro, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, and Christina Zanfagna, Assistant Professor, Departments of Music and Ethnic Studies, $5000 for the project "Bay Area Sound Map: The Ethical Praxis of Sonic Mapping." This project will produce an interactive online sonic map of the Bay Area which includes various expressions of music, sounds, and voices, including the ethical concerns of diverse Bay Area residents. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion contributed to this grant.


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