Program in Ethics and Public Affairs

Melissa Lane, Director

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) advances the study of the moral purposes and foundations of institutions and practices—both domestic and international. PEPA seminars seek to bring the perspectives of moral and political philosophy to bear on significant issues in public affairs.


Josh Cohen (Apple, University of California-Berkeley): "Democracy and the Digital Public Sphere"

Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

ABSTRACT: A healthy mass democracy requires an informal public sphere that provides citizens with ample opportunities for expression, an arena for communicative action, easy access to diverse views and perspectives, and high quality, low cost information on issues of common concern.

Location: 301 Marx Hall

Program in Ethics and Public Affairs: Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Rahel Jaeggi has been a Professor for Practical Philosophy with Emphasis on Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2009.

Location: 301 Marx Hall

Program in Ethics and Public Affairs: Claudio López-Guerra (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics)

Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Claudio López-Guerra is a political theorist at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York in 2008 (advisors: Brian Barry, Jon Elster, David Johnston, and Thomas Pogge). His work focuses on the ethical analysis of practical problems in public life.

Location: 301 Marx Hall

Program in Ethics and Public Affairs: Brandon Terry (Harvard University)

Thu, May 2, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. He earned a PhD with university distinction in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University, where he was also a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and a recipient of the Sterling Prize, in 2012.

Location: 301 Marx Hall