The Program on Global Ethics and Social Trust is an international project based at Boston College that brings faculty together across disciplinary and institutional boundaries to address the ethical dimensions of urgent global issues and the implications for our academic, political, and religious communities.

Key elements

  • Collaboration among predominantly Catholic research universities on five continents
  • Interdisciplinary faculty working groups
  • International conferences in summer 2024 and 2025

Working Groups

In the Program's initial phase, two working groups of scholars from research universities on five continents will investigate the role of ethics and social trust on two contemporary issues: how education serves at a time of threat to democracy and the problematic of climate refugees.

Climate Change and Migration

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Democracy, Governance and Education

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Program Launch

Launch Reception for GEST

On Tuesday, August 29, 2023 we celebrated the launch of the Program on Global Ethics and Social Trust with opening remarks from Jim Keenan and Erik Owens and a reception with participants and supporters.

Dublin Panel

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In mid-December 2023, the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin will host GEST faculty participants Linda Hogan, James Keenan, SJ, and Jonathan Laurence on a panel entitled "The Role of Education in the Face of the Threats to Democracy and the Rule of Law." Details to come as they are available.


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