Conversations on JUSTICE

Justice

Join the conversation!

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and the leadership of Case Western Reserve University recognize that it is a very timely point in history to honor such a leading figure in international justice, humanitarian law, and human rights as Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi with the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize. However, due to the pandemic, we have decided to postpone our traditional prize events and instead revise our overall programming for this year. With our commitment to adhere to the best social distancing practices and health safety measures, we feel that our revised approach to awarding the Inamori Ethics Prize and Inamori Center programming this year responds not only to health and safety needs, but to the needs of the world at this time.

Over this academic year, the Inamori Center will provide space to have a prolonged conversation on a topic of consequence: JUSTICE. We will draw on the insight and expertise of Inamori Ethics Prize winners as well as top scholars and practitioners in a thematic series of events and programming addressing the topic of JUSTICE from multiple perspectives, locally and globally. The Conversations on JUSTICE series will culminate with the presentation of the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize to Judge Fernández in the fall of 2021.

The Conversations on JUSTICE with Inamori Ethics Prize Winners includes discussions with prize recipients and their esteemed organizational colleagues, as well as Northeast Ohio and Cleveland community experts and scholars to offer perspective on topics locally and globally. These events are always available to the general public.

Conversations on Climate JUSTICE

Our next event will be a LIVE panel discussion held online: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:45 to 2:00pm EST and the conversation will turn to Climate JUSTICE. Inamori Center Director Shannon E. French will moderate a discussion with:

  • Legendary environmental activist and 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize winner David Suzuki;
  • Head of Environmental Campaigns, Grants and Activism, Patagonia., Hans Cole;
  • Community Engagement Specialist & Diversity Coordinator, Thriving Communities, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Jacqueline Gillon; and 
  • CWRU Climate Action Network Co-Leaders:
    • Ina Martin, Operations Director, Materials for Opto/electronics Research and Education (MORE) Center and 

    • Stephanie Corbett, Director of Energy and Sustainability and Interim Farm Director

Learn more and submit your questions for the conversation HERE.  

 

Conversations on Healthcare JUSTICE

A roundtable discussion will be held in Spring 2021 (tentatively) and will focus on Healthcare JUSTICE.

 

Conversations on JUSTICE

On Friday, October 23, 2020 from 12:45-2:15pm EST we were honored to host a general exploration of JUSTICE, as well as human and civil rights with Inamori Ethics Prize winners Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (2020), LeVar Burton (2019), Farouk El-Baz (2018), and Marian Wright Edelman (2017). Learn more and watch the event here.

          

2017-2020 winners

 

The Conversations on JUSTICE with Inamori Ethics Prize Winners event series was selected as a CWRU NorthStar experience by the Office of the Provost. CWRU students who attend at least two of these events and submit a creative response to the Inamori Center in the form of a short essay, a poem, a song, a video, or other reflection will be eligible for a certificate of recognition and may also enter a contest with prizes through the Inamori Center. Funding opportunities for CWRU students to support ethics-related research and/or activism in the areas of justice will also be available. 

The Campus Conversations on JUSTICE includes other programming in Inamori Center focus areas that will also be considered through the lens of JUSTICE. These events are always available to the CWRU campus community, and for some events, the general public. 

During the 2020-21 academic year, other programming in Inamori Center will also be considered through the lens of JUSTICE. These events are always available to the CWRU campus community, and for some events, the general public. We aim to provide programming and speakers with an interdisciplinary impact that will be of interest to multiple audiences. Our currently scheduled programming includes:

  • David Livingstone Smith, University of New England professor and Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner, provided an online lecture and discussion on September 30, 2020. Livingstone Smith introduced new scholarship on the phenomenon of dehumanization and lesser-known episodes of violence from history and current events and the dynamic between racism and dehumanization in his new book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It. This event was available to the general public as part of Cleveland Book Week and held in collaboration with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Learn more and watch the event here.

  • Reuben E. Brigety II, the 17th vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South and former U.S. ambassador to the African Union spoke on “Overcoming American Tribalism: Healing America through Common Purpose” on February 16, 2020, which featured a robust conversation on how universities, society, and private citizens can better lead during these fractured times and develop a stronger sense of constructive civic habits. This session was moderated by Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III and the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law Jonathan H. Adler. This event was sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Pauline Shanks Kaurin, the Navy War College’s Stockdale Professor in Ethics, will launch her new book On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community in collaboration with the Inamori Center and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities on March 26, 2020 12:45-2:00pm EST. Shanks Kaurin will introduce new scholarship that draws from a variety of disciplines including classical studies, philosophy, history, international relations, literature, and military studies, to explore the ethics of obedience. 

  • M.R. Sauter, assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, will participate in a live-streamed discussion on disruptive activism, such as hacking as a form of activism ("hacktivism") and/or justice related to smart cities, municipal governance, and neo-corporate colonialism on April 9, 2020 12:45-2:00pm EST in collaboration with the Inamori Center and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

CWRU students who attend at least two of the following Conversations on JUSTICE with Inamori Prize Winners & Colleagues events and submit a creative response to the Inamori Center in the form of a short essay, a poem, a song, a video, or other reflection will be eligible for a certificate of recognition and may also enter a contest with prizes through the Inamori Center. Submission details and deadlines will be posted here.

Conversations on JUSTICE

October 23, 2020 from 12:45-2:15pm EST we were honored to host a general exploration of JUSTICE, as well as human and civil rights with Inamori Ethics Prize winners Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (2020), LeVar Burton (2019), Farouk El-Baz (2018), and Marian Wright Edelman (2017). Learn more and watch the event here.

Conversations on Climate JUSTICE

Our next event will be a LIVE panel discussion held online: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:45 to 2:00pm EST and the conversation will turn to Climate JUSTICE. Inamori Center Director Shannon E. French will moderate a discussion with:

  • Legendary environmental activist and 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize winner David Suzuki;
  • Head of Environmental Campaigns, Grants and Activism, Patagonia., Hans Cole;
  • Community Engagement Specialist & Diversity Coordinator, Thriving Communities, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Jacqueline Gillon; and 
  • CWRU Climate Action Network Co-Leaders:
    • Ina Martin, Operations Director, Materials for Opto/electronics Research and Education (MORE) Center and 

    • Stephanie Corbett, Director of Energy and Sustainability and Interim Farm Director

 Learn more and save the date here.

Conversations on Healthcare JUSTICE

A roundtable discussion will be held in Spring 2021 (tentatively) and will focus on Healthcare JUSTICE.