As part of its effort to promote civil and informed debate on important social and political issues, and to bring together researchers and students from across the University and the wider community, the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) conducts a series of “year-long, University-wide conversations” called “Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society” (COMPAS).
The COMPAS program aims to demonstrate how the University’s comprehensive intellectual resources can be aligned along their ethical dimension in order to help solve some of the serious problems confronting us. Through the COMPAS program, we hope not only to establish a new, more expansive model for a university ethics center, but to show how ethical concern provides a basis for productive exchange on complex social issues among researchers from diverse fields, and between the University and the broader community.
COMPAS has three main components:
- An “Academic Core” program includes two major interdisciplinary conferences and six other COMPAS Colloquia
- A “University Life” program coordinated with other University units and programs, including outreach beyond the University community
- An “Educational” program anchored by a COMPAS-related undergraduate course (ASC 2400 & ASC 2400E).