Carnegie Council Presents the Ethics Fellows for the Future 2014 Essay Collection

Oct 10, 2014

In 2013, Carnegie Council inaugurated its first class of Ethics Fellows for the Future (EFFs), students who are appointed and mentored by our current Global Ethics Fellows (GEFs).

The fellowship program aims to cultivate the next generation of global leaders by introducing exceptional students to educational resources on ethics and international affairs and creating opportunities for them to meet one another in person to share experiences and ideas, and to build lasting relationships. This new booklet is a collection of the EFFs' essays and project outlines, as well as the winning essay of Carnegie Council's 2014 Trans-Pacific Student Contest. Read the booklet in magazine form or download the PDF at the bottom of this page.

In the Trans-Pacific contest, students were asked to answer the following question: "What are shared or different values between you and your contest partner's home country?" The winning essay by Salina Lee (United States) and Nelson Chew (Singapore) is written as a lighthearted conversation between two good friends on a sightseeing trip in New York Harbor, yet looks at serious topics that concern both nations: civil liberties, education, and race.

In their research papers, EFFs addressed Carnegie Council's focus of ethics in international affairs from a number of different angles. Michael Angelo Liwanag, at International Christian University in Tokyo (ICU), proposed a new set of ethical guidelines for UNESCO in adding sites to its World Heritage List. He later developed this paper into his thesis project and is presenting his work at academic conferences and publishing the argument in journals. EFFs also tackled some of Carnegie Council's Centennial themes. On "Citizenship and Difference," John Howard of Dartmouth College wrote a piece critical of U.S. commitment to international treaties through the lens of voting rights for Puerto Ricans. Joanna Maulbeck, at Rutgers University, focused on the theme of "Technology and Risk" in her piece, analyzing the positives and negatives of technology use for early child development. Following the model of Carnegie Council's Global Ethical Dialogues, some students chose to hold their own focus groups investigating ethical question pertinent to their communities. Alison Walt held a focus group at the University of Oregon asking students their views on citizenship. Gabriel Lima de Almeida of Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro proposed a project that would include a focus group asking Brazilians about government corruption-the topic of Carnegie Council's site visit to Rio de Janeiro last year.

The EFFs and the Trans-Pacific Contest winners have all been invited to join us for the annual Global Ethics Fellows conference in New York City.

This collection was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy , religious, and art communities.

Be sure to check out our resources for educators and students, including international student contests.

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