Special Programs

I have participated in a number of programs and outreach projects, often under the rubric of the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society.

Hope House Scholars Program

In 2001, I cofounded the Hope House Scholars Program with political science professor Rob Reich. In 2010 we shared the 2010 Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize. This award, given by the Haas Center for Public Service, is presented to faculty who make significant contributions through public service and encourage their students to do the same.

With the program, each quarter two Stanford professors teach a course in the humanities to the residents of Hope House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women, many of whom have recently been released from prison.  You can read the essay that Rob and I wrote about teaching in the program here.

McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

The Center for Ethics in Society is an interdisciplinary center committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems. The Center brings in scholars from all corners of campus to build a community and foster conversation. The Center sponsors lectures, films and plays; it runs a post doctoral fellows program committed to training the next generation of ethics scholars; it sponsors ethics classes across the curriculum; and it houses an undergraduate interdisciplinary honors program in ethics in society.  In 2013, Stanford initiated a new ethics requirement for every undergraduate student and the Center has stepped up to help by providing faculty development opportunities.