Ethics Without Borders Podcast Series

The Ethics Without Borders podcast series is an archive of a biannual event recognizing individuals whose work across the world emboldens us to speak out for what we value most in our own community. The event itself serves to anchor the advocacy work of A2Ethics.org in four areas that coincide with four basic human rights:

Caring for Culture=the right to have access to culture;
Saving Schools and Scholars=the right to an education free from violence;
Water for All in the World=the right to water; and
Civic Ethics: Cultivating a New Field=the right to open dissent and equitable participation in civic life.

The current video and audio podcast archive includes presentations and discussions from Ethics Without Borders events examining two of the A2Ethics.org advocacy areas. 

Caring for Culture

The video podcast showcases the work of archaeologist Katharyn Hanson at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. Stealing Culture is about the looting of the Iraq museum at the outset of the Iraq war in 2003. Katharyn's presentation followed the 2008 opening of the exhibit "Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past," which she co-curated at the Oriental Institute. Katharyn also participated in an audio podcast with Elizabeth Bridges, anthropological archaeologist from the University of Michigan's Center for South Asian Studies, on the  ethics issues archaeologists confront in their work to preserve and care for our universal cultural heritage.

Saving Schools and Scholars 

The video podcast, from the fall of 2010, exposes the increasing attacks on schools, students and teachers in conflict-affected regions of the world. Human rights attorney, Bede Sheppard, the senior researcher in the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch, outlines the ways current military tactics and asymmetric warfare practices violate international human rights and humanitarian laws when rebel groups, paramilitary and state military forces purposefully destroy schools, assault teachers and abduct students. Such conflicts today are depriving 39 million primary school-age children world wide of their right to education.

A companion audio podcast is an interview with Bede talking about some of the major ethics issues he confronts in human rights field research work

Future Ethics Without Borders podcasts in the series will cover the work of courageous individuals and groups in the areas of culture and education--and introduce the equally brave efforts of those who are working for water justice and responsive government around the world.

It was rather serendipitous the way A2Ethics connected with journalist and lawyer Stephanie Hepburn. In New York for a few days, we decided to go on a pilgrimage to one of the most famous pillars of ethicsworld--the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Fortunately for us, Stephanie was the featured speaker, invited to talk about her latest book, Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight.

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