Originally at George Mason University and later Temple University, in 2009 Dist. Prof. Carol Gould reestablished The Center for Global Ethics & Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute. The Center explores the ethics of globalization and the development of more effective transnational understanding and cooperation to deal with vexing issues of poverty, ethnic and cultural conflicts, and environmental degradation. The center’s research and colloquia seek to clarify key value questions that confront contemporary societies, including the requirements of global justice; the meaning and scope of human rights; new forms of cosmopolitan democracy; intercultural perspectives on ethics; strengthened institutions of global governance; and more effective transnational forms of democracy and solidarity. The Center’s Director, Professor Carol C. Gould, is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and in the PhD programs in Philosophy and Political Science at the Graduate Center of CUNY, as well as Editor of The Journal of Social Philosophy.
CGEP at the Ralph Bunche Institute:
The Center for Global Ethics & Politics furthers CUNY’s focus on globally oriented research and education and on public outreach to the greater New York community. It attempts to bring needed attention to the values and norms that inevitably play a role in the search for knowledge and the devising of public policy. It is designed to help students and faculty to become aware of the social and personal benefits and costs of information and other technologies and the ethical issues that sometimes attend the practical applications of human knowledge, and will perhaps motivate them to include these considerations in their own theses and scholarly research where relevant. The emphasis on global human rights brings attention to human needs and to the way our knowledge and research can serve them or fail to do so. Questions of normative issues in global affairs also have practical effects in the development of new transnational linkages and democratic forms of cross-border communication. Finally, the emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue aims to contribute to CUNY’s leadership in the area of diversity and the appreciation of the contributions of different cultural traditions.
Director: Carol C. Gould, Distinguished Professor, Philosophy and Political Science, The Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY.
Sibyl Schwarzenbach, Professor of Philosophy, The Graduate Center and Baruch College, City University of New York. Noteworthy authored publication: On Civic Friendship (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).
Sumru Atuk, Senior Fellow and Center Assistant, Advanced Doctoral Student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Emily Crandall, Fellow and Videographer, Advanced Doctoral Student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Pedro Monque, Fellow, Research Assistant, Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Paul Butterfield, Fellow, ARC supported project on cross-cultural contexts of humor, Doctoral student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Saira Rafiee, Fellow, ARC supported project on the roots of authoritarianism, Doctoral student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Philosophy Program Executive Officer: Prof. Nicholas Pappas, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Political Science Program Executive Officer: Prof. Alyson Cole, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.