Ethics Activities and Events

The Ethics Minor Program participates in and supports a number of events and activities throughout the year that promote the importance of ethics and moral leadership at Fisher and in the greater Rochester community.


World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO), and held on the purported birthday of Socrates, is observed throughout the world as an occasion for people to reflect upon the importance of critical thinking, world peace, international cooperation, and the love of wisdom. Fisher is the only college in the United States to participate, along with colleges and organizations in Albania, Ghana, Iran, Ireland, Morocco, Slovenia, and 27 other countries.


The St. Thomas More Ethics Lecture

The St. Thomas More Ethics Lecture features community leaders, teachers, and scholars that address timely issues in Ethics. The event is meant to further the study of Ethics not merely as an intellectual pursuit, but as an applied discipline in workplaces that must respond to the needs of the wider community.

The annual event is one of the activities of the St. Thomas More Center for Interdisciplinary Ethics. The event is sponsored by The William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies, Father William Graf. The Chair of Catholic Studies fosters and promotes an intellectual approach to the study of Roman Catholic thought: its history, philosophy, literature, theological underpinnings, and its contemporary expression.

St. Thomas More was a Chancellor, writer, lawyer, and active lay person at the time of Henry VIII. He was beheaded on July 6, 1535 because he chose to follow his conscience rather than submit to what he judged the illegal and immoral decisions of the King.


The Reverend Joseph A. Trovato Lecture

Throughout his career at Fisher, Fr. Joseph Trovato's devotion to the principles of Catholic social teaching has inspired many Fisher students to commit their own professional lives to furthering the cause of peace and social justice in the world. The Fr. Joseph A. Trovato Lecture is given by a distinguished community leader or scholar who shares Fr. Trovato's commitment to the cause of peace and social justice.

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