In September 1998, The Center for Ethics became The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics. Dr. Jean Beer Blumenfeld was born in London, England in 1945. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning her B.A. in philosophy in 1966 and her Ph.D. in 1973. From 1973 to 1982 she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Thereafter, she attended the University of Texas Law School, where she was a member of the editorial board of Texas Law Review and graduated with honors in 1986. At the time of her death in 1995, Dr. Blumenfeld was a member of the litigation division of Vincent, Chorey, Taylor & Feil in Atlanta. Jean Beer Blumenfeld touched those around her as a professor, a lawyer, a mother, a wife, and as a human being. She was particularly concerned to champion the cause of women, minorities, and children.
Inspired by the conviction that universities have a responsibility not only to their students, but to local communities and society at large, the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics seeks to enhance moral reflection, dialogue and constructive action on campus, in greater Atlanta and beyond. Universities should provide moral leadership by example and through innovative programming designed to stimulate critical thinking about the ethical issues inherent in our personal, professional and civic lives. To that end, the Center sponsors conferences, lectures, research in ethics, and a variety of theoretical and practical programs tailored to specific constituencies, all designed to support students and members of the larger community who wish to construct lives of personal integrity and responsible citizenship.
Conferences, Lectures and Workshops: The Center hosts events ranging from academic symposia whose papers are published in scholarly journals, to applied programs designed expressly for a particular campus or community organization, to lectures meant to heighten awareness of a specific issue.
Faculty and Staff Resource: The Center supplies counsel for faculty throughout the university interested in incorporating ethical components into their courses, and it offers workshops for faculty and administrative groups contending with difficult moral issues.
Student Engagement: In an effort to inspire students to undertake ethical inquiry and constructive action, the Center sponsors events such as essay contests, open fora on selected topics, and grant contests for student projects that address pressing moral concerns.
Community Outreach: By delivering lectures, answering questions, and sponsoring programs that explore moral issues and combat social ills, the Center serves as a prominent and accessible resource for individuals and groups in the metropolitan area.