Lincoln Center Professors & Fellows
Braden R. Allenby
Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Engineering
"In an era that scientists and engineers are already calling the “Anthropocene” – the “Age of Humans” – on a planet that is increasingly shaped by the activities and choices of one species – ours – and where emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, information and communication technology, and applied cognitive science are increasingly destabilizing societies, cultures, and institutions, and turning the human into a design space, a sophisticated and rational appreciation of applied ethics is not a luxury, but a necessity."
Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics and Sustainability
Lincoln Fellow for Media & Culture
"One of the greatest challenges facing American journalists in our digital news era is to utilize social media and cyberspace in ways that promote truthful, ethical, accurate and socially responsible journalism where getting news first cannot be more important than getting it right."
Lincoln Fellow for Latin American Studies
"At a time when emotions run high over issues of immigration, and a lack of understanding pervades our relationship with our Latin American neighbors, it is important to make an extra effort to get to know the persons with whom we are sharing this western hemisphere. Too much time has elapsed since our own public philosophers last had a vibrant intellectual exchange with Latin American public philosophers. The issues facing us in the Americas make having such exchanges morally imperative."
Elizabeth A. Corley
Lincoln Professor of Public Policy, Ethics & Emerging Technologies
“Emerging technologies like nanotechnology often create difficult policy-making environments because we cannot wait until all of the science is known before we adopt regulations to protect the public from potential risks. We have to figure out how to balance scientific advancement and innovation with a regulatory environment that can protect the public from risks.”
Cristi Coursen PhD, WHNP-BC
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and Healthcare Innovation
“Justice as virtue lends elegance to the concept of the moral goodness of health. The question of why anyone should have less than enough of good health is a recognition of the injustice of health inequality, and should add precision to health policy decisions.”
Roxanne Lynn Doty
Lincoln Fellow for Border and International Studies
Barbara Fargotstein, RN, MN
Lincoln Fellow for Nursing & Health Care Ethics
Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values
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Zachary J. Goldberg
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics Education
"Insofar as one cares about being ethical, raising ethical questions is often more important than following moral directives."
Lincoln Fellow for Human Rights and Sustainability
“Economic, social, and cultural human rights emerged from a desire to address a lacuna in ethics: ongoing and chronic poverty, marginalization, and human exploitation. Sustainability also addresses an ethical failure: our mistreatment of the natural world. The two lacks are deeply interrelated, and emerge from a distorted view of our relationship to nature and each other. In the West, in particular, we view ourselves as separate from and destined to dominate nature, due both to foundational religious teachings and to faith in technological and scientific “progress.” Our economic system is organized around this domination of nature, as well as on an accumulation of wealth that marginalizes and naturalizes inequality among people and communities. Our ethics have not kept pace with the resulting environmental and human disruption. The world and its inhabitants require a new ethical orientation that takes seriously the consequences -- of our reliance on fossil fuels, toxic and volatile systems of food production, unchecked extraction of resources, and mindless materialism -- on both our environment and our own happiness and well-being. As people become aware and develop a heartfelt understanding of the harms perpetuated by our socio-economic systems, an opportunity opens for social transformation: people begin to realize that we can create a more just and sustainable future.”
Joseph R. Herkert, D.Sc., P.E.
Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology
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"Whether we will one day encounter moral machines remains to be seen; a more immediate problem is to prove the moral reasoning of humanity is up to meeting the ethical challenges posed by emerging technologies."
James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M.
Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics
"Ethical issues embedded in the delivery of health care and public health services domestically and globally are profound, especially during national emergencies. As medical services shift to crisis standards of care under a population-centric focus, ethical norms change as well. National ethical preparedness remains a critical challenge, the consequences of which can literally save lives and reduce injuries."
Ted Humphrey, Ph.D
Lincoln Professor of Ethics
"Exceptionalism is our besetting temptation."
Lincoln Fellow for Sustainable Development and Ethics
Gary E Marchant
Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics and Emerging Technologies
"My work focuses on the governance of emerging technologies, exploring how we can manage the ethical, legal and social issues raised by biotechnology, personalized medicine, nanotechnology, autonomous systems, and other new technologies. The Lincoln Center provides a unique space to engage these issues in a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional context"
Martin Beck Matustik
Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Religion
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"Insofar as one cares for death & dying in one's living with others in the world we share, there has been nothing new or more urgent under the sun than the future of becoming human."
John Carter McKnight
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics in Sustainable Education and Synthetic Reality
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics in Science and Technology Studies
"Knowledge and values are inextricably intertwined. This is not a license for relativism, but it does require rethinking the contributions of science to democracy—and of democracy to science."
Jason Scott Robert, Ph.D.
Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology & Medicine
“Moral values infuse medicine and health. But which values should guide us, and how”?
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law
“International human rights represents the unifying moral and legal discourse of our globally integrated society. We should reflect on the history, achievements, failures and possibilities of human rights ideas and practice to better understand who we are and where we are going.”
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics in Science and Technology Policy
Lincoln Fellow for Public Service Ethics
"Promoting ethics in public service entails reducing wrong doing and also increasing the likelihood that officials will do what is right. Maintaining high standards of conduct requires efforts to prevent actions that are prohibited by law or contrary to ethics standards, such as abusing power or corrupt practices. It is also important to promote and support positive ethical actions, such as telling the truth, promoting public participation, and advancing social equity."
Stephen Helms Tillery
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and Bioengineering
"Biomedical engineers are at the forefront of an astonishing array of activities with ethical ramifications. We span the range from the obvious (choice of research subjects, use of taxpayer resources) to the fantastical (human enhancement and transhumanism). In an age of competition and consumerism, it is increasingly important that we build inroads for ethical awareness in the community of biomedical engineers."
F. Miguel Valenti
Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts
"Media & Entertainment are the most persuasive forces on the planet. They socialize, teach, form and inform. Newly developing technologies in these areas thrust themselves into virtually every aspect of our lives, and we must question how these are changing the way we interact, how we live and what we think. If we don’t look here to examine the shaping of societal ethics and values, then we are well and truly blind."