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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 helps people make the kind of choices that inspire trust.  In our focus areas - bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, leadership ethics, and nonprofit 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.


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  • Ethics

    On Artificial Intelligence and the Public Good

    Responding to a Request for Information from the Office of Science and Technology Policy

    The federal office of Science and Technology Policy requested public feedback on “overarching questions in [Artificial Intelligence]"; Shannon Vallor, who is the William J. Rewak Professor at Santa Clara University, submitted a response.

  • geyser in Yellowstone

    Old Fashioned Old Faithful

    Augmenting reality

    Of geysers and Pokemon: How should we best explore and capture the beauty of the natural world?

  • David Brown

    Should We Be Grateful for Chief Brown?

    Compassionate, calming leadership in Dallas

    In the wake of the tragedy in Dallas, there is a reason to have hope.


    Ethical Challenges in Stem

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is helping show how approaching problems with a conscience can spark innovation.

    Center News

    Event to focus on California's new End of Life Option Law

    Center Director of Bioethics McClean will be a featured panelist at a seminar entitled "Right to Die" in Lincoln, CA, on July 30 at 10:30 am. She will focus on ethical issues in death and dying.

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    Campaign Ethics Online Course Opens July 5

    Participants will receive practical tips on setting an ethical tone, ethical decision-making, ethical operations, and using campaign ethics to their advantage.

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    Distinguished Visiting Scholar Returns This Summer

    Reese will present his first event on July 6: "Love and Marriage in the Catholic Church"

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      Recent Work in Ethics

        • Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century

          Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education, explores school segregation and the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government, and various advocacy groups.