Bellarmine University / The Ethics and Social Justice Center

The Ethics and Social Justice Center

Commonwealth Ethics Lecture

We congratulate Dr. Shannon Oltmann, Associate Professor, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky, for her winning Commonwealth Ethics Lecture submission titled "Combating Information Poverty: Today's Ethical Challenge." Read Dr. Oltmann's abstract.

The Sixth Annual Prize in Ethics Essay Competition winner is Andrea Doll. Her winning essay is titled "On Property and Freedom: An Evaluation of Lockean Theory."


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 

The Fifth Annual Prize in Ethics Essay Competition 

  • Spring 2019 semester
  • Open to undergraduate students 
  • Competition details (pdf)
  • Deadline: February 14, 2019 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

Spring 2019 Faculty Colloquy Presenters

  • Robert Kelley, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m.-Noon
    “Computer Science and the Humanities—Strange Bedfellows?”
  • David Scott, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Wednesday, March 13, from 3-4 p.m.
    “Whose Autonomy? Which Beneficence? A Defense of a Limited Right to Conscientious Refusal”

Ethics Madness Month

  • Spring 2019
  • Details TBA

Contact Information

Evanthia Speliotis, Ph.D.
Interim Director (2019-2020)
Professor of Philosophy

David Scott, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Director (2019-2020)
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Katherine Johnson, Ph.D. – on sabbatical leave 2019-2020
Joseph Flipper, Ph.D. – on sabbatical leave 2019-2020