What We Do

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Civil Discourse for Citizenship

Civil Discourse for Citizenship

Begun in Spring 2022, CEHV's Civil Discourse for Citizenship program supports undergraduates in the practice of civil discourse. Developed with extensive feedback from students, at its heart are the "4Cs": Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, and Be Constructive. CEHV trains Civil Discourse Fellows to plan and serve as moderators in Civil Discourse Forums featuring speakers who disagree on contentious issues. We offer a new 3-credit course on free speech and civil discourse (ARTSSCI 2400/E) and dialogue facilitation workshops for students outside the classroom. This work is pursued with generous support from the Derrow Family Foundation and in partnership with Ohio State's Civil Discourse Project.

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 we 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 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 builds a community committed to research integrity through multidisciplinary and foundational discussion of cutting-edge ethical issues arising from research practice. Led by trained ethicists, the program hosts monthly discussion panels with external speakers and experienced Ohio State researchers on new developments in the field of research ethics. It also offers the CARE Training Program in the responsible conduct of research to support faculty, postdocs, and students in satisfying federal grant 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. In 2022-2023 we focused on Education in our Democracy. The program aims to model civil and informed discussion of ethical challenges facing our society. Our related undergraduate COMPAS Course (ARTSSCI 2400/E) introduces students to principles of civil discourse and provides opportunities for engagement with COMPAS events. 

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, Miranda Fricker, and Elizabeth Anderson. Over the years we have also partnered with others to host prominent speakers including Jeffrey Sachs, JD Vance, and Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) undergraduate major

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PPE is a fast-growing major crafted and led by CEHV steering committee members, who also advise the undergraduate PPE Society. The major trains students to combine insights from three disciplinary perspectives and introduces them to a wide range of political viewpoints. CEHV provides financial support to the program, which now has approximately 200 majors, and works to create opportunities for students to engage visiting speakers and learn about civil discourse through our Civil Discourse for Citizenship 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. 


Ethics Circle + Teaching Ethics and Human Values Endorsement

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 endorsement called "Teaching Ethics and Human Values" through the Drake Institute if their projects focus on teaching or curricular development.

Outreach Programs and Partnerships

CEHV seeks partnerships with a variety of civic and community groups through grants and programming. Our newest outreach project connects with area organizations to provide Philosophy for Children opportunities.

These programs rely on the 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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