• Luther students in front of the Center for Faith and Life.

Center for Ethics and Public Life

Founded in 2006 with a $2.9 million anonymous gift to the college, the Center for Ethics and Public Life aims to "enhance the liberal arts education by encouraging deep reflection about ethical matters and responsible citizenship." Through this donation, the Center funds student programming, thus promoting ethical considerations in current students, and research, in order to promote an ethically sound future for Luther.

The Center was created to foster:

  • Vibrant interdisciplinary conversations about public life
    It's one thing to read headlines. It's quite another to talk openly about how the issues affect us. Expect unsettling, exciting discussion.
  • Deep, reasoned thinking
    Get beyond forming opinions and engage the implications and interconnectedness of issues and policies.
  • Liveable relationships between theory and practice
    Learn to navigate ethics on the ground by interacting with professionals who stake their livelihood in both the world of ideas and worldly realities.

Greg JessonGreg Jesson, assistant professor of philosophy, serves as director of the Center. In that capacity he implements the center's programming initiatives, oversees the First-Year Immersion programs and participation in the Lutheran College Washington Semester. He also works with faculty teaching Global Citizenship, a course designed for students returning from study abroad. Center-sponsored activities include bringing speakers to campus, providing support for departmental visitors, and enhancing opportunities for students to engage in research, participation in Model United Nations, and other activities.