Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture Series


About the Project

The Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture Series is a lively forum for the discussion and exploration of ethics-related challenges in human endeavors. The Ethics Lecture is made possible by the Peggy Downes Baskin Humanities Endowment for Interdisciplinary Ethics which enables the Humanities Division to promote a dialogue about ethics and ethics related challenges in an interdisciplinary setting. The endowment was established in honor of Peggy Downes Baskin’s longtime interest in ethical issues across the academic spectrum.



February 22, 2024: Maryana Iskander – “Humans in the Loop: Wikipedia’s Future in the Age of AI”

February 13, 2023: Joy Connolly – “A Connected Planet: Scholarship for the Global Good”

March 14, 2022: Agnes Callard – “Inquisitive Politics”

December 5, 2020: Ezra Klein and Will Davies – “Living in a Frayed Democracy”

September 22, 2020: Margaret Atwood – The Deep Read

October 29, 2018: Jaron Lanier – “How the Interned Failed and How to Recreate It”

April 28, 2018: Bettina Aptheker and Marlene Tromp – “The Ethical Role of the Public University”

December 1, 2016: Fania Davis – “Restorative Justice: a Relational, Healing, and Radical Practice”

October 25, 2014: Toni Morrison – “Literature and the Silence of Goodness”

January 31, 2013: Jan Boxill – “Using Sports as a Public Forum for Ethics”

October 19, 2011: Lisa Jean Moore – “Among the Missing: Operations in Recovering Bodies”

November 3, 2010: Ellen Suckiel and Mary Rorty – “Advances in Biotechnology and Medicine: Stretching the Moral Boundaries”