The Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Human Rights Institute (HRI), as part of the Center for Applied Ethics, endeavors to underscore the convergence between the American national purpose and respect for individual rights. Its projects will develop local applications of universal principles and will promote global awareness of human rights issues. The language of human rights has significant moral content and is not mere rhetoric. The Institute traces American patriotism back to universal human rights norms. The United States is coming to the realization that “nation-building”, whether domestically or internationally, will be on its agenda for decades to come. The only reasonable standard for such activity is human-rights related. The basic right, freedom of speech, invites inquiry into the possible support of legal access rights, of political rights, of public service and public works rights, and of welfare.
An institution of excellence in research, teaching, and service, the Center for Applied Ethics seeks to be recognized as the premier applied ethics center in the State of Indiana. Its teaching mission will be to provide administrative support for the creation of several certificate programs in applied ethics, including a Certificate in Human Rights and a Certificate in Medical Ethics. It is working to support the Philosophy Department’s new Minor in Professional and Applied Ethics. It will also provide study abroad opportunities as well as experiential learning through organizing practicums in the region. Its research mission includes organizing conferences on areas within applied ethics including human rights issues of our time and to publish papers, write books, and edit special issues of journals addressing issues of applied ethics. Its service mission is to invite speakers of local import and national recognition to offer public lectures and populate panels on issues of academic and public interest, and to interact with and serve on various committees and other governing bodies in the region.
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