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The Practical Ethics of University Engagement

The Arrighi Center for Global Studies has been awarded funding from the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Program for a project titled “The Practical Ethics of University Engagement: Lessons from the Local and Global.” The project explores ethical issues that arise out of the historical legacies of racial and class inequalities, both within the university and between the university and community. Through a year-long General Seminar involving faculty and students, the project will critically examine experiences with community-based learning/research, service-learning and university transformation, with a special emphasis on learning from the experiences of colleagues facing analogous challenges around the world, from the UK to China and South Africa.


Here, Beverly Silver (Director of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies and Chair of the Sociology Department), Sahan Karatasli and Daniel Pasciuti (Assistant Research Scientists at the Arrighi Center), Chris Westcott (PhD candidate in English) and Christopher Nealon (Chair of the English Department), answer our questions.


What inspired this project?


When the Arrighi Center for Global Studies was established in 2012, our goal was to provide a space for a critical analysis of urgent problems arising from contemporary processes of globalization, including ethical debates around questions of local/global governance, democratic entitlements, violence, and inequality. The April 2015 uprising in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray gave a new sense of urgency to our desire to focus directly on the ethical dimensions of contemporary capitalism, as it not only put a spotlight on the deep racial and class disparities in the city but also brought to the surface a set of urgent ethical questions about the relationship between the university and the community.

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