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Ethics & Public Life

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life promotes interdisciplinary learning about morally central questions concerning public policies and social, political and economic processes.

The White House

"The Making of the President: Issues and Processes, Hopes and Fears"

Fall semester series speakers:

Larry Jacobs (Minnesota) on the rise of Donald Trump and the struggle for "Americanness;" Andrew Bacevich (Boston University) on "Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy: Where Do We Go From Here?", identifying the challenges and opportunities awaiting the next president; and Jennifer Lawless (American University) on lessons from the outcome about women in American politics and Americans' alienation from politics.

Videos of lectures from this series are available here.

Videos of lectures from the previous series are available here.

"Professor: Political Dissatisfaction Paved Trump's Path to the Presidency," article by Drew Musto on EPL series first lecture by Larry Jacobs, Sept. 13, 2016 edition of The Cornell Daily Sun.

"Professor: Women Believe They Lack 'Thick Enough Skin' for Politics," article by Sabira Mehjabin on EPL series third lecture by Jennifer Lawless, Nov. 14, 2016 edition of The Cornell Daily Sun.

"There's no doubt in my mind this is treacherous territory for Donald Trump. Americans care about corruption and conflict of interest when they see it."  - Larry Jacobs, as quoted in 12/9/16 NPR article by Jim Zarroli, "Poll: Trump Needs to Choose Between Presidency and his Business"