The Ethics and Social Justice Center


Commonwealth Ethics Lecture

The next Commonwealth Ethics Lecture will be held in March 2024. A call for proposals will be posted in October 2023.

Upcoming Faculty Research Talks

The Ethics and Social Justice Center seeks proposals for our faculty research initiative. We need to get the word out to the Bellarmine community about what faculty are doing! Faculty colloquies provide a space to exchange ideas, foster student engagement with faculty research, and promote learning across the university. Please apply for this great opportunity to share your research and your community-engaged scholarship with students and your colleagues!

Eligibility: All full and part-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Colloquies are held twice per semester and may be in-person or virtual. Faculty will receive a $100 honorarium for their participation.

The deadline for fall semester proposals is Friday, October 2, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. The deadline for spring semester proposals is Friday, January 19, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

Email your 250-500 word abstract to Dr. Kate Johnson:

Download the Call for Faculty Proposals Flyer

2023 Prize in Bioethics and Social Justice Essay Contest


1st Prize: $250
2nd Prize: $150

Contest Deadline

Essays are due by Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Essay Topic

The ethical connections between our personal wellbeing and the health of our environment.

Bioethics and Social Justice Flyer


The Ethics and Social Justice Center aims to promote excellence in ethics education, stimulate ethical awareness and reflection, and facilitate ethical inquiry. Motivated by the vision of Bellarmine as a place of personal, academic, spiritual and ethical formation and growth, ESJC aims to enhance critical reflection, dialogue and constructive action on contemporary ethical issues in society. We support the “evocation of moral qualities of leadership” as expressed in the Charter of Purpose of Bellarmine University and is an expression of the University’s dedication to these values and an extension of its commitment to these tasks. It is the specific mission of the ESJC to initiate and sustain a program of ethics education throughout the curriculum, and extending beyond the Bellarmine campus. In light of Bellarmine’s history and tradition, its concern for the promotion of Catholic social teachings and its commitment to the educational, cultural, and service needs of the Louisville region, the Ethics and Social Justice Center shall seek to provide reflective and empowering resources to faculty, students and the community.


The purpose of the Ethics and Social Justice Center is to provide a program of ethics education and activities that enhance and promote the vision of Bellarmine University. Drawing on the expertise of scholars from different disciplines, including civic and community leaders, the Center participates in the investigation of contemporary moral issues that confront all human beings by providing forums, workshops, lecture series, seminars, and strategic partnerships to the university and the community.

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Contact Information

Kate Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy