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About the Florida Blue Center for Ethics

The Florida Blue Center for Ethics is located within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies in UNF's College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). The Center is supported by a gift from Florida Blue that was made in 2002 and is directed by Florida Blue Distinguished Professor Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams

The ethics center is committed to supporting scholarship and programming, across disciplines and in the community, to address the personal, professional, religious, and social dimensions of ethics.

Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic presents new opportunities for programming, such as hosting conferences and speakers via zoom without having to pay for costly travel arrangements, and allowing participants from distant locations. However, I am concerned that students, faulty and community members are already spending considerable amounts of time on-screen. Moreover, we now have access to increased programming from other universities via internet streaming, making additional programming redundant. For these reasons and more, I believe that our resources are better directed elsewhere for the time being. For Fall 2020, the focus of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics is on supporting students through scholarships, organizing national town hall conversations for ethics center directors, supporting the Florida Blue Philosophy in Prison Program, and updating the center website. Information about these activities will become available on the website. In the meantime you may contact the center director, Sarah LaChance Adams, for more information.

Annual Theme (the pre-pandemic normal)

Each year the director establishes a theme to provide an intellectual focus for the center’s events. The theme is simple and broad to invite divergent interpretations of its meaning, and to attract communities and individuals with diverse commitments. Events will typically include a transdisciplinary approach; and throughout the year, we expect to address the personal, professional, religious, and social dimensions of ethics. The center seeks to involve the UNF community (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) as well as members of the Jacksonville community, and Florida more broadly.


Upcoming Themes and Select Speakers

 Academic Year 2021-2022 The Ethics of Curiosity 

Florida Blue Distinguished Lecturer, Fall 2021

Dr. Jennifer Morton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is author of Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility.


Academic Year 2022-2023 The Ethics of Place 

Florida Blue Distinguished Lecturer, Spring 2022

Dr. Quill Rebecca Kukla is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. They are the Editor-in-Chief of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and a core faculty member in the Disability Studies program at Georgetown. For 2020 and 2021, they are also a Humboldt Research Scholar at Leibniz University Hannover. They are author of Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies; and ‘Yo!’ and ‘Lo!’: The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons.