What We Do

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Our values define us.
Help foster ethical understanding, discussion, and leadership at Ohio State.

ETHOS (Ethics at Ohio State)

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ETHOS is CEHV's program supporting the new Shared Values Initiative at Ohio State. We helped to construct the new Ohio State Shared Values framework, and foster further discussion on those values through two main programs: the ETHOS Fellows Program, a 6-session discussion-based introduction to the shared values that also incentivizes and coordinates with fellows to pursue value-oriented programming in units across the university, and our Community Conversations, a series of moderated discussions on our shared values with leading national scholars.

CARE (Conversations About Research Ethics)


CARE is our research ethics program. It builds a community committed to research integrity through multidisciplinary and foundational discussion of ethical issues arising from research practice. Led by trained ethicists, the program hosts monthly discussion panels with external speakers and experienced Ohio State researchers. It also offers the CARE Training Program in the responsible conduct of research for faculty, postdocs, and students seeking to satisfy federal ethics guidelines.

COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society)


COMPAS is a year-long series of interdisciplinary events on controversial topics of public concern such as immigration, sustainability, technology, and the role of markets. Next year it will address the Education in our Democracy. The program aims to model civil and informed discussion of core ethical challenges that universities are uniquely positioned to promote. Our related undergraduate COMPAS Course (ARTSSCI 2400/2400E) introduces students to principles of civil discourse and provides opportunities for engagement with COMPAS events. Beginning in 2022 we also will train undergraduates to participate as moderators in pro/con style events using a new civil discourse model developed through our Civil Discourse Initiative.

Civil Discourse Initiative

Beginning in Spring 2022, CEHV is rolling out a new Civil Discourse Model intended to engage and guide students in the practice of civil discourse. Developed with extensive feedback from students, at its heart are the "Four Cs": Be Curious, Charitable, Conscientious, and Constructive. It also includes a Moderator's Guide to encourage probing and productive discussions. As part of our COMPAS program, CEHV is recruiting and training student moderators to participate in Civil Discourse Forums featuring speakers who disagree on a contentious issue. The Civil Discourse Model will also form the basis for our COMPAS Course (ARTSSCI 2400/2400E) beginning in Autumn 2022. This work is pursued with support from the Derrow Family Foundation.

Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

CEHV's Distinguished Lecture in Ethics series brings to campus thinkers who have been influential outside of the academy in addition to having made groundbreaking contributions to ethics or political philosophy. Past speakers have included Amartya Sen, Danielle Allen, and Elizabeth Anderson. This year's Distinguished Lecturer is Miranda Fricker. We also helped to initiate the Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and have partnered with the President & Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series and others to help bring leading figures like Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah to Ohio State.

Ethics Circle + Teaching Certificate

Ethics Circle

Ethics Circle, CEHV's semester-long mentorship program, offers faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff across the university an opportunity to develop their understanding of the ethical issues underlying their work, in a community of fellow inquirers. Fellows who complete the program become eligible for a CEHV-hosted teaching certificate in "Teaching Ethics and Human Values" through the Drake Institute if their projects focus on teaching or curricular development.

Outreach Programs and Partnerships

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CEHV seeks partnerships with a variety of civic and community groups through grants and programming. Our ongoing series with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has drawn large audience connecting different parts of Ohio. We have pursued a number of environmental ethics projects with area organizations, a faith & society series with local religious leaders, and we co-sponsor a monthly public philosophy lecture series at Olentangy Berlin High School. 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) undergraduate major

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PPE is a fast-growing interdisciplinary major led by CEHV steering committee members. CEHV provides financial support to the program and to the undergraduate PPE Society, and works to create opportunities for PPE majors to engage visiting speakers and learn about civil discourse through our Civil Discourse Initiative and COMPAS Course. 

Postdoctoral Program

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CEHV's Postdoctoral Program in Public Philosophy trains talented young ethicists interested in engaged, interdisciplinary philosophy projects. It seeks to partner with colleges and programs to support their teaching, research, and outreach missions while providing mentorship and institutional support. 

These programs rely on the often volunteer efforts of our faculty steering committee, support from our advisory board and affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students, cooperative partnerships with other centers and offices at OSU, and the dedication of a small, committed staff. Find out more about who we are.

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To hear more, join our mailing list. If you have questions or proposals, or would like to become an affiliate of CEHV, please contact CEHV director, Piers Norris Turner (turner.894@osu.edu).