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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

How do people and organizations inspire trust?

They make choices based on justifiable standards. They take others into account in their decisions. And then they do what they say they will do.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics engages individuals and organizations to make choices that respect and care for others.  In our focus areas—bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and social sector ethics—we work with scholars and professionals to apply ethical ideas to the very real problems people encounter. We examine the obstacles to ethical action in many areas of our lives and develop tools to help people perform at their best.


Perspectives on the News by Center Staff

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3 Reasons You Should Skip Snap’s IPO

Companies with a controlling shareholder tend to underperform.

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Radical Life Extension

Issues include overselling, access, and the dangers of utopianism.

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Responsibility and the University Alcohol Policy

An interview with Jeffrey Baerwald, SJ, assistant dean of student life

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ACA Protests (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Image link to full article

The Individual Mandate

Revamping the ACA pits individual freedom vs. the common good.

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Targeting a Broken Heart

Is it ethical for a social media company to analyze users’ posts for signs of break-ups, and then use this research to help target ads?

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      Media Commentary by Center Staff

        Alumni and Friends of the Center

          A Video Introduction to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

          Highlights of the Ethics Center's programs, mission, and accomplishments, in a special video commissioned for the Center's 30th Anniversary.