The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is a center for practically engaged ethics at Georgetown University. Established in 1971 with a focused interest in medical ethics, it is one of the oldest academic ethics centers in the world.

Its founding scholars helped invent the field of bioethics, launching a tradition of creative leadership that continues today through cutting-edge research, innovative teaching, and high-impact projects, all driven by a spirit of continuous experimentation.

The first Jesuits were educational innovators. Nearly 500 years later, Georgetown’s mission continues to direct us to respond generously and creatively to the needs of a changing world.

Karen Stohr, Senior Research Scholar, Ryan Family Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy