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Ethics of Migration and Immigration
A briefing paper on key questions for policy makers
Lynette M. Parker
Ethics of Immigration
Columnist Victor Davis Hanson discusses who benefits from illegal immigration, why the issue is so polarizing, and possible solutions.
Suruchi Bhutani
Architects of Peace
Online Curriculum on peacemaking features photographs by Michael Collopy of Nobel Laureates and other peacemakers, as well as reflections by the peacemakers, and teaching suggestions
Immigration: Is Exclusion Just?
Ethics and illegal immigration.
Manuel Velasquez
Is Exclusion Just: Martin Cook Replies
A reply to Manuel Velasquez's article on illegal immigration.
Martin Cook
Mobile Technology and Social Media - Ethical Implications
In emerging markets in particular, mobile devices and social media have become "life tools" used for telemedicine, banking, education, communication, and more. These developments give rise to new ethical challenges.
Radha Basu
Sustainable Design in Ghana: An Ethical Reflection
Report on a student project to design an affordable, durable, sustainable, and socially acceptable house for Ghana
Nathan Rogers, SCU '12, and Matt Jensen, SCU '12
More Than I Could Ever Describe: Gender, Culture, India
An SCU student spends a year living in an orphanage in India
Sarah Bradley
Immigration: Where Do We Go From Here?
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano participates in a day of events at SCU focused on immigration and ethics.
On Ethics and Immigration
Arizona Governor looks at ethical issues in developing policy on illegal immigration.
Janet Napolitano
Politicization of Ethnic Identities and the Common Good in Kenya
A talk delivered for the panel "Kenya, the Common Good, and the Politicization of Ethnic Identities"
Aquiline Tarimo, S.J.
To Cover or Not to Cover: Headscarves and Human Rights
Do women have the right to express their own religious views by choosing either to wear or not to wear a headscarf?
Roujin Mozaffarimehr
Immigration Policy and Principles of Humanity
Bill Ong Hing analyzes why immigrants come to the United States and ways to integrate immigrants.
Suruchi Bhutani
Economic Empowerment of Women
A look at the factors affecting women's economic situation worldwide, the benefits of empowerment, and strategies for achieving it.
Almaz Negash
Evolution of Human Rights Norms and Machinery
Bertrand G. Ramcharan, former United Nations High Commissioner, offers his perspectives on the evolution of human rights norms and machinery.
Bertrand G. Ramcharan
Humanitarian Interventions: Asking the Right Questions
What justifies humanitarian intervention?
Almaz Negash
Salvadoran Migration: The Business of Crossing the Border
An SCU student looks at why people leave El Salvador.
Jennifer Re
Role of Religion in Global Ethical Leadership
Religious leaders can serve as primary ethical brokers for their societies; that is, individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or coalitions of organizations which are recognized by the majority of a society to be articulating the primary ethical concerns of that society.
Eric Hanson
Difficulties of Being a Moral Leader in an Unjust World
A real moral leader will hold us to an agenda that demands ridding the world of all important injustices, particularly those from which we benefit.
Jim Sterba
Can Dictators Be Forgiven?: Political Change in Facing the Past
A panel on transitional justice.
Jane Curry and Robert Meister
Racial Profiling in an Age of Terrorism
Chief Deputy Attorney General of California Peter Siggins discusses the ethical and legal aspects of profiling in the context of national security concerns.
Peter Siggins
When Cultural Values Clash with Universal Rights: Is Multiculturalsim Bad for Women?
Cultural norms around marriage, divorce, and privacy may conflict with women's human rights.
Susan Moller Okin
Extra Mile
Hospitality in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Miriam Schulman and Amal Barkouki-Winter
Neighbor to the Assassin: Transitional Justice in Guatemala
Varying approaches to moving from civil war to civil society in Guatemala.
Miriam Schulman
When Rights and Cultures Collide
The case of a woman seeking refuge in the United States from her tribe's ritual of female genital mutilation raises the question: Are human rights universal?
Karen Musalo
Higher Authority
Conflicts between ethics and law are explored in the context of illegal immigration.
Karen Musalo
Global Distribution of AIDS Pharmaceuticals
Ethical issues in the distribution of AIDS drugs, especially in the developing world.
David Perry
Killing in the Name of God: The Problem of Holy War
A look at war in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions.
David Perry
Ethical Issues in Counterterrorism Warfare
Applying just war theory to the war against terrorism.
Martin Cook