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The Ethics and Social Justice Center

Commonwealth Ethics Lecture

All part and full time faculty affiliated with a college or university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible to submit a proposal. This invitation welcomes all disciplines and we strongly encourage people from various backgrounds to submit a proposal. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary dialogue and topics.

The author of the selected proposal will receive an honorarium in the amount of $1,000.00. All travel expenses, lodging and food will be compensated up to $500.00.

Download the pdf below to learn the lecture theme and entry requirements.


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.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Events

Ethics Bowl

  • Fall semester
  • Open to undergraduate students

Prize in Ethics Essay Competition 

  • Spring 2018 semester
  • Open to undergraduate students 
  • Competition details (pdf)
  • Deadline: February 27, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST

The Fourth Annual Prize in Bioethics and Social Justice Competition

  • Fall semester
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Competition details (pdf)
  • Deadline: November 9, 2018 by 5 p.m. EST

Faculty Events

Got Research? A Faculty Colloquy

  • The Ethics Center seeks proposals for our new “Got Research?” initiative. We need to get the word out to the Bellarmine community about what faculty are doing and share ideas! Faculty colloquy will provide a space for the exchange of ideas and connect with others. This is great opportunity to share your research!
  • Deadline October 10, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Download the flyer

Ethics Madness Month

  • Spring 2018
  • Details TBA

Contact Information

Katherine Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Joseph Flipper, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Associate Professor of Theology