The Ethics Institute hosts informal undergrad discussions throughout the academic year. Students engage with speakers who discuss ethical research in a variety of disciplines. 

October 4, 2021, 1-2pm Wheeler Tent, Wheeler Lawn

Hiring and Algorithms: Why Bother with Interviews?


Vikram Bhargava

The Ethics Institute will host a student discussion with Vikram Bhargava Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business, Monday October 4, 1-2pm Topic: "Hiring and Algorithms: Why Bother with Interviews?" Limit 15 students. Lunch will be served.

October 6, 2021 1-2pm, Hitchcock Tent, 18 Mass

Is Protecting Cultural Heritage a Human Right?


Patty Gerstenblith

A student discussion with visiting Montgomery Fellow Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul College of Law, Distinguished Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law.


Past Student Discussions

September 21, 2021, 5-6pm

The Science of Ethics: an Introduction


The Science of Ethics with Professor Bedi

Join us for a student discussion with Sonu Bedi, the Director of the Ethics Institute, about ethics and civil disobedience.  Open to all first year students.

There will be a short reading required before the session.

April 7, 2021 at 12:15pm

Ethics Interest Group Discussion



Dr Brian Cummings

Dr. Brian Cummings: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Attending, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Chair, Pediatric Ethics Committee
Medical Director and Vice Chair, MGHfCMassachusetts General Hospital for Children

"The Tragic Case of Little Charlie Gard: Lessons from Bioethics in the Media."
Here's a link from the BBC.  https://www.bbc.com/news/health-40554462

In case you missed this event, watch the Zoom recording here:


Meeting ID: 939 2822 3419
Passcode: 833279

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:15pm

Discussion with Dr. Cummings and Geisel and Ethics Institute students of the "The Tragic Case of Little Charlie Gard: Lessons from Bioethics in the Media"

Brian Cummings, MD
Dr. Brian Cummings is the chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee at Mass General Hospital for Children.

Brian M. Cummings, MD, is a pediatric intensivist, as well medical director and vice chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the executive director for the Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP) at Mass General Brigham. He received his undergraduate degree with honors at Boston College with a senior thesis on physician assisted suicide. He received his medical degree from University of Connecticut and completed his residency and fellowship training at MGH. A graduate of the HMS ethics certificate program, he leads the pediatric ethics committee at MGH. Brian's area of interests are pediatric, professional and organizational ethics and he has published various articles on pediatric ethical issues, quality and safety, and professional development.

November 12, 2020 at noon

Religion and Ethics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Ethics talk hosted at Geisel. All are welcome!

Topic: Religion and Ethics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


Lunch Discussion with Zia Rahman, February 20, 2020 at noon

Virtue Signaling, Cancel Culture, and the Morality of Grace 


Zia Rahman

Join us at the Ethics Institute for lunch and discussion with author Zia Rahman, February 20 at noon.  Zia Haider Rahman is the author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning novel, In the Light of What We Know.

Zia was born in a Bangladeshi village and moved to England with his family, living first in a squat before being allocated project housing in inner London. After attending a north London state-funded school, Zia studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Cambridge and Yale universities. He holds postgraduate degrees in mathematics, economics and law, and was awarded the highest merit scholarship at the English bar. After a short stint as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs, he spent several years as a financial services lawyer, anti-corruption activist and international human rights lawyer.

Undergrad Lunch with Vikram Bhargava, October 28, 2019, 12:45-2pm

Banning Driving and Buying Autonomous


Vikram Bhargava

Join us on October 28, 2019 at 12:45 in Haldeman Room 125 for lunch and discussion with Vikram Bhargava, Assistant Professor of Management at SCU's Leavey School of Business, will discuss the new ethical concerns raised by autonomous vehicles.





Undergrad lunch discussion October 23, 2019 12-1pm

What, if Anything, Do We Owe Our Blood Relatives?


Frido and Christine Mann Poster

The Ethics Institute welcomes this year's Montgomery Fellows, Frido and Christine Mann.  Join us for an informal lunchtime discussion "What, If Anything, Do We Owe Our Blood Relatives?". October 23, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm, Blunt Alumni Center, Room 204.