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Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility

Upcoming Events


Ethics Essay Prize: Undergraduate Competition

September 3: Contest Opens

November 1: Contest Submissions Due

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In celebration of our 25th anniversary, SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is proud to announce the Ethics Essay Prize - an essay competition open to all undergraduate students enrolled at SMU. The competition is intended to encourage the development of ethical discernment, imagination, and thoughtful reflection among students. We hope it will challenge undergraduates to consider the role of ethics in their lives. Further, the contest provides the Maguire Ethics Center with valuable insights into topics of importance to undergraduates.


Franita-TolsonThe Ghost of Bull Connor: Understanding the "New" Era of Voter Suppression

Thursday, October 15
6:00 pm | via Zoom
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Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs of the USC Gould School of Law, Franita Tolson will speak about voter suppression and voting rights protections. Tolson has written on a wide range of topics including partisan gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, the Elections Clause, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. To read more about Professor Tolson, please click here.

Kirk-CurranSound Ethics | Christian Ethics, the University, and the Broader Human Society

Friday, October 16
9:00 - 9:45 am | Facebook Live and Zoom
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Join us for a conversation you won't want to miss between Professors Rita Kirk and Charlie Curran. Kirk and Curran will discuss the relationship between Christian ethics and the academy, the university and human society.