The Impact of Ethics Across the Curriculum at Union College, 2006–2017

  • Robert BakerEmail author


Union College’s Everyday Ethics Across the Curriculum project was initiated in 2006 and immediately became a vital presence on campus, funding over one hundred ethics course segments or stand-alone ethics courses in departments other than Philosophy, over one hundred lunchtime workshops, symposia and other events, and a program of outside speakers running the gamut from white-collar felons to eminent historians of the Holocaust. Among those featured were Kwame Anthony Appiah (Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers and Honor Code), Stephanie Bird (editor of the journal, Science and Engineering Ethics), Bernard Gert (Morality and Common Morality), and Eyal Press (Beautiful Souls). The initiative played a pivotal role the development of the college’s honor code and also hosted four national conferences. It caught the attention of the Chronicle for Higher Education, (Union College Website: received shout-outs from public intellectuals like Martha Nussbaum, and was the focus of an issue of the journal, Teaching Ethics (Teaching Ethics, Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring 2009.). In this account the initiative’s founding director reflects on factors that contributed to its flourishing, its lasting accomplishments, and his decision to terminate it.


Donor fatigue Economics education Eliphalet nott Ethics across the curriculum Ethics education Honor code Philosophy Union college 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Union CollegeNew YorkUSA

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