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Former Visiting Ethicists

Former Visiting Ethicists

 Russ Shafer-Landau

2013 Visiting Ethicist

Russ Shafer-Landau

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works primarily in ethics and philosophy of law and has published extensively in those areas. He is the author of Moral Realism: A Defence. He is also the author of several introductory works in ethics, including The Fundamentals of Ethics and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? He is editor-in-chief of Oxford Studies in Metaethics. During his discussion, he argued that same-sex marriage ought to be legally permitted.


Dr. Kevin Elliott

2012 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Kevin Elliott

University of South Carolina

Kevin Elliott, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, presents on the moral and financial conflicts of interest in scientific research, such as the funding by pharmaceutical and chemical companies of research to evaluate their own products, including safety testing of new drugs and pesticides.



‌‌‌Peggy McIntosh

2011 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Peggy McIntosh      

Wellesley Centers for Women                     

McIntosh, known for her engaging description of how she came to realize that she had white-skin privilege, discusses why the benefit is not a matter for blame, shame or guilt. She also discusses the many forms of unearned advantage and disadvantage that members of society possess through no action of their own. McIntosh raises the ethical question of whether or not to use the power of that privilege to weaken systems of unearned privilege.  
Peter French

2010 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Peter French

Arizona State University

French, professor of philosophy and director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University, explores the ethical aspects of interrogational torture and its use by American agents in recent years. The primary focus of the discussion is the impact of interrogational torture on the will and personhood of the tortured. French also considers the moral ramifications of interrogational torture and whether there is a moral defense for it.  
Eric Parens

2009 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Erik Parens

The Hastings Center

As a senior research scholar at the prestigious Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute based in New York, Parens is currently investigating how the use of new technologies in changing society and how emerging science shapes self-understanding. His discussion delves into the controversial debate over reshaping the body and mind through biotechnologies.  
Robert Audi

 2008 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Robert Audi


Audi is a noted and internationally renowned American philosopher. He is also the David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. Audi has been published in countless journals, written numerous books on morality and ethical choices, and presented at conferences across the map. He has received prestigious honors, lectureships and fellowships, as well as humanities grants. His talk was titled, “Crossroads: The Intersection of Religious Belief and Political Choice”



 Joanne Ciulla

 2007 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Joanne Ciulla


Joanne B. Ciulla has held academic appointments at the Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford University, Boston University Graduate School of Business Administration, and La Salle University. She has also served as the UNESCO Chair in leadership Studies for the United Nations University International Leadership Academy.  A Ph.D. in philosophy, she publishes in the areas of business ethics, leadership studies, leadership ethics, and the philosophy of work.  Her latest book, co-authored with Clancy Martin and Robert Solomon, is Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader.  She is currently on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly and The Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies, and is the Series Editor of the New Horizons of Leadership SeriesShe also serves on the Board of Directors of The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and The International Institute of Public Ethics, and is a member of the Executive Board for The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics. Her essays and case studies are routinely used in the business ethics courses taught at Coastal Carolina University.

Tom Reagan

 2006 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Tom Reagan


Regan is an emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University. During his 30-years tenure, Regan received numerous awards, including the University Alumni Distinguished Professor and the William Quarles Holliday Medal, the highest honor N.C. State bestows upon a faculty member. Regan has published hundreds of papers and more than 20 books, including the highly acclaimed “The Case for Animal Rights.” He is universally recognized as the leading spokesperson for the philosophy of animal rights. His talk was titled "Animal Rights, Environmental Wrongs."

Rushworth Kidder

 2005 Visiting Ethicist

Dr. Rushworth Kidder

 Kidder is the founder and president of the Institute for Global Ethics, a think tank headquartered in Camden, Maine. Kidder is also author of several books including, most recently, "Moral Courage: Taking Action When Your Values Are Put to the Test" (William Morrow, 2005).