Inamori Ethics Dialogue Award accepting student essay entries; deadline is Sept. 5

The Inamori Ethics Dialogue Award is accepting student group essays until Sept. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

The award is a biannual opportunity for groups of students (at the graduate/ professional, undergraduate, and high school levels) to identify the most crucial ethical issues or problems confronting humanity and, based on the group’s reflections, to engage the global community in an essay that combines theory and praxis in the search for solutions. Because the Inamori Center for International Ethics and Excellence prioritizes the significance of deliberative dialogue and focused engagement for solving problems on a global scale, entrants/contestants must work in groups of five or more students per entry.

Simply answer this question: “What is the single most important ethical issue or problem facing the world today?” Your group’s response must identify a specific and particular issue or problem—not merely a general idea. Your entry should consist of a topic or title of no more than 30 words as well as a 300-word description of the ethical issue or problem they have selected. Only one entry per group is allowed. An individual contestant may belong to no more than one group.

Submission: Although you must upload your answers online by Sept. 5 at 11:59 p.m., your entry will only become valid when your group hand delivers a hard copy to an Inamori Center staff member, who will be available near the box office in the Severance Hall lobby prior to the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony and lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Awards: One student group winner will be selected from each of the following three categories: 1) graduate/ professional; 2) undergraduate; and 3) high school entries to receive a $300 grant. The best group entry across all categories will receive an additional grant of $300 (total $600).

Questions? Email Obie Okuh, Inamori Postdoctoral Fellow & Dialogue Director at