Case Western Reserve University delays 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize events, launches conversation series

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Case Western Reserve University says it will postpone its 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize events until 2021. To fill the void, the university has launched a virtual conversation series with prize winners.


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The series, titled “Conversations on Justice,” will kick off with an event from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. The event will feature 2020 prize recipient Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, along with previous winners LeVar Burton, Marian Wright Edelman and Farouk El-Baz in a conversation on the topic of civil rights.

The conversation can be viewed on Case Western Reserve University’s livestream page,

Future conversations will focus on topics like climate justice and healthcare justice.

“Our traditional prize presentation and events had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but the change in plans also has a specific purpose: to get people talking about how ethical leaders working in different areas — from the law to science to the arts, and everywhere else — can make a positive difference,” said Shannon E. French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and director of the Inamori Center, in a press release. “Who better to explore that potential than the winners of a prestigious international award for ethical leadership, the Inamori Ethics Prize?”

According to the press release, the “Conversations on Justice” series will lead up to the Inamori Ethics Prize event, which will honor Fernández, in the fall of 2021. Fernández will participate in future components of the virtual conversation series, too.

“These events will be an incredible opportunity for us to hear outstanding global ethics leaders from diverse fields talking with one another about their own views on justice and how to build a more equitable society,” French said in a press release. “To get these amazing individuals together, even virtually, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we know their insights will be enlightening.”


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