Peggy Downes Baskin Endowment for Interdisciplinary Studies in Ethics

Peggy Downes Baskin, PhD is an author, university professor, photograph and philanthropist. She graduated from Vassar Magna cum laude in 1953. Thirty years later she earned a doctoral degree in politics from the Claremont Graduate school of Government. She went on to infuse her professional career at Santa Clara University and The University of California, Santa Cruz with her core interests, originating courses on The Politics of Aging, Women & Power, and Presidential Management Styles.

Peggy and her husband Jack Baskin generously endowed a humanities fund in honor of her longtime interest in ethical issues across the disciplines, the Peggy Downes Baskin Humanities Endowment for Interdisciplinary Ethics. “There are so many areas in which ethical problems arise—in journalism, politics, medicine—and the endowment emphasizes the need to address these issues in a cross-disciplinary context,” Peggy said.


This year's Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture:

October 29, 2018: Jaron Lanier, How the Internet Failed and How to Recreate It

Additional information can be found on The Humanities Institute's website.


Past lectures:

April 28, 2018: Bettina Aptheker and Marlene Tromp, The Ethical Role of the Public University

December 1, 2016: Fania Davis, Restorative Justice: a Relational, Healing, and Radical Practice

October 25, 2014: Toni Morrison, Literature and the Silence of Goodness

January 31, 2013: Jan Boxill, Using Sports as a Public Forum for Ethics

October 19, 2011: Lisa Jean Moore, Among the Missing: Operations in Recovering Bodies

November 3, 2010: Ellen Suckiel and Mary Rorty, Advances in Biotechnology and Medicine: Stretching the Moral Boundaries