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We support the Religion and Ethics seminars and sponsor events relating to religion, ethics, and values.





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“Introduction,” from Continual Reading: Nineteenth-Century Fan and Franchise Fiction

Colloquium with Carrie Sickman Han


Friday February 22nd 12:00-2:00 PM 

IUPUI campus, Chancellor's, University Tower

Food and drink provided; RSVP to ( so we can arrange lunch reservations!


Hosted by the Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



Big Data, AI, and Civic Virtue

Don Howard, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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Thursday Feb. 28th 5-6:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1038

We face a rapidly growing arrays of serious ethical challenges with the ever more widespread employment of big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Prominent problems include algorithmic bias that can reinforce or exacerbate patterns of discrimination in the criminal justice system or the hiring and promotion practices of corporations and government agencies, the risk of the misuse of data analytics and AI for purposes of political repression and control by authoritarian regimes, and the integration of such technologies in automated weapons systems. In most of the literature on such ethical challenges, the focus is on the ethical responsibilities of individual makers and consumers of technology. This talk will suggest that a helpful complement or alternative to this individualist ethical perspective is the perspective of civic virtue. But technology making and technology deployment is usually the work of whole communities of makers and users, and the ethical impacts often affect not just the individual maker or user but the well being and well functioning of the communities within which those individuals live and work. With reference to a few specific applications of data analytics and AI, we will ask what are the impacts that are either corrosive to or promote the flourishing of relevant communities, what are the virtuous habits of action of whole communities and individuals in community that are maximally conducive to human well being, and how we engineer the relevant communities to maximize the likelihood that such virtuous habits of action will emerge and be sustained.

Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



DNA: Law, Technology, and Ethics

Dr. Jody L. Madeira; Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

Professor Erin E. Murphy; NYU Law, New York City

Matthew B. White; sharing his experience as a child of fertility fraud and parent of donor children.


Friday March 1st 2019 1:15 - 2:45 PM

Bloomington campus, Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room

Technological development continues to advance uses of DNA in our society. From catching the Golden State Killer, to reuniting families separated by ICE, to identifying the parents of donor children, uses of DNA raise some of the most challenging legal and ethical questions today. The sensitive nature of DNA, as well as the positive and negative ways in which its uses can affect individuals and society, require us to consider how the law ought to respond to these challenges. An expert panel will help us answer these questions.

After providing a broader framework involving DNA, law, and ethics, this panel will focus on familial DNA searches for criminal justice purposes, as well as the advent of direct-to-consumer technology and its unique consequences in the fertility fraud context.

*1.0 Ethics CLE Credit*


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



Announcing new Religion & Ethics seminars


HIP 2.0: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community

This seminar investigates the expansion of Indiana Medicaid in 2015 under the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0. Proponents of the plan stress the personal responsibility built into this consumer-directed health plan. Critics argue that eligibility requirements frustrate people's access to quality, continuous care. This seminar explores the ethics of HIP 2.0.


Amber Comer Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IUPUI
David Craig Religious Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI


Sustainable Leadership and Governance

Business sustainability is an example of ethics in action. This seminar explores approaches to sustainability that contemporary firms are adopting.


Julie Manning Magid Business Law, Kelley School of Business, IUPUI
Kelly Eskew Business Law & Ethics, Kelley School of Business, IU-Bloomington
Steven Kreft Business Economics & Public Policy, Kelley School of Business, IU-Bloomington


Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in the African American Christian Community


When it comes to religion and politics in contemporary America, most of the attention is devoted to white Christians, particularly evangelicals. Drawing on insights from both the humanities and social sciences, this seminar shifts the lens to illuminate how African Americans experience and engage religion and politics.


Joseph Tucker Edmonds Religious Studies and Africana Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI
Amanda Friesen Political Science, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI


Renewed Seminars


Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature (previously named The Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Children's Literature)


Heather Blair Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Bloomington

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, IU East

Megan Musgrave English, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI



Announcing new Religion & Ethics seminars

Set to run in 2018

Global and Comparative Approaches to Religion, Ethics, and Political Theory

This seminar will explore the overlapping intellectual goals of comparative religious ethics and global or comparatively oriented political theory, much of which is based in religious thinking about politics and justice.  These two fields are both combinations of descriptive and normative analysis, frequently drawing on religious as well as philosophical thinking about fundamental issues of human social order.

Aaron StalnakerReligious Studies; College of Arts and Sciences;

Hussein BanaiInternational Studies; School of Global International Studies;

Mounds of the Midwest

This seminar investigates how religious ideas have shaped attitudes to the natural environment by focusing on the Mounds of the Midwest.  It will examine the meanings and burial practices of the early Native American peoples, highlight the history of these indigenous groups, and explore the multiple meanings of the Mounds today as revealed in contemporary governmental policies and the American public educational system. The goal is to create critical conversation around environmental ethics and the complex intersections of state power and religion.

Charmayne Champion-ShawNative American Indigenous Studies; School of Liberal Arts;

Kelly HayesReligious Studies; School of Liberal Arts;


Renewed Religion & Ethics seminars

Continuing through 2018


Economic Justice: The Ethics of Doing Business with the Poor

Islam in the Global Sphere (previously themed Islam in the American Public Sphere)

The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts