It’s hard to make sense of the moral complexities of personal, public, and professional life. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is committed to helping our local and global communities sort out and communicate their values. We provide opportunities and cultivate relationships that transform students, faculty members, and members of our community into engaged citizens who can identify and lead thoughtful discussions about ethical issues when they arise. We support ethics-related teaching and research through a number of innovative K-12 ethics education programs.
We want to inspire everyone to discuss the critical issues of our time in a deliberate way. No matter your path or place in life, we want to serve you. In addition to 19 ethics enrichment programs for DePauw students and faculty, the Prindle Institute has 12 national outreach programs to engage the nation and put students at the heart of national conversations about the critical issues of our time. Explore the media we create, the outreach programs we cultivate or the research we support to find your next opportunity at the Prindle Institute.
Fostering Ethics Education, Dialogue, and Research
As one of the largest collegiate ethics institutes in the country, the Prindle Institute for Ethics’ uniquely robust national outreach mission serves DePauw students, faculty and staff; academics and scholars throughout the United States and in the international community; life-long learners; and the Greencastle community in a variety of ways.What is Ethics?
About Our Building
A space for reflection and conversation
The Prindle Institute’s Great Room features Indiana limestone, locally-harvested wood, and artfully exposed metal beaming that welcomes conversation and dialogue.
About Our Building
Read and be tranquil
The Wood Library houses DePauw University’s collection of ethics-related books, and the reading room is a space for quiet research and reflection.
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Host world-class speakers or welcome high school ethics bowl competitions: Prindle’s Auditorium is spacious and inviting for all.
Prindle Institute is Dedicated
Janet Prindle’s donation of funds for an ethics institution at DePauw came to fruition when the Prindle Institute for Ethics was dedicated in October 2007.
Andy Cullison Joins the Team
After the retirement of the Prindle Institute’s Director Bob Steele, Andy Cullison, a DePauw alum and philosopher, took the helm of the Institute.
Prindle Celebrates 10 Years
Janet Prindle returns to Greencastle to celebrate 10 years of ethics education, dialogue, and research in the DePauw community and beyond.
What is Ethics?
The study of ethics is not about telling you what the rules are. Ethics is an exploration of questions about the nature of right and wrong. It’s about developing a thoughtful framework to help you decide what you should do when the answers aren’t clear. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is one of the largest collegiate ethics institutes in the country and is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the study of ethics — in all its facets.
About Janet Prindle
Janet Prindle graduated from DePauw in 1958 and became a Wall Street pioneer in more ways than one. Prindle was the first woman to be named partner at the investment firm Neuberger Berman. She successfully dispelled the idea that socially conscious investing means lackluster performance. She proved that progressive social policy can indeed be a company’s best financial strategy.
About Our Director
Andrew Cullison has been the Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of the Prindle Institute since 2014. Cullison received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2006. Most of his scholarly work focuses on questions about how we can have moral knowledge. He is currently studying the ethics of management and workplace ethics.
Our building is temporarily closed to the public, and will likely reopen in spring 2021.