Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will be awarding the first ever Inamori Ethics Prize in September 2008.
The main Inamori Ethics Prize events will take place September 4 and will include a lecture by the recipient, a symposium featuring area ethics experts and a black tie prize ceremony in Severance Hall. The winner of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize will be announced in June.
In addition, the Inamori Center will host a lecture by Robert Richards, Fishbein Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago in September 2008. Richards, whose interests include the evolutionary basis of ethical behavior, will visit Case Western Reserve September 18-19 as part of the university's Year of Darwin celebration.
To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth—and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his influential book On the Origin of Species—Case Western Reserve will pay tribute to the British naturalist throughout the 2008-2009 academic year.
Whether morality, ethics and altruism have evolved in Darwinian fashion is the subject of the February issue of the Inamori Center's newsletter, written by Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., director of the center.
Additional information about the Inamori Center and its activities is available online. Details on the Year of Darwin celebration are forthcoming.
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